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Experience will help me - Hyde

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Jamaica's Jaheel Hyde clears the hurdle during preliminary round action in the 400 metres hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games on Monday, August 15.

RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil:

Nineteen-year-old Jamaican 400m hurdler Jaheel Hyde says his Rio 2016 Olympic experience is filled with lessons that he expects will aid his development going forward.

Hyde, fresh off a second straight world junior title, finished fifth in his semi-final with a time of 49.17 after advancing from his heat with a fourth-placed 49.27 run.

The youngster noted that his objectives at the start of the season were winning gold at the World Under-20 Championships and qualifying for the Olympic Games, targets he has met.

"Starting the season, my goals were to win the world junior title and make the Olympic team. I accomplished those goals," Hyde said.

The Bert Cameron-coached athlete said the targets were adjusted as the Games progressed and that he had no regrets about how things have gone or about missing out in the final.

"We adjusted those goals and I wanted to make the final. I knew it would be hard and I knew it would be tough competition against older guys, but it's my first Olympics and I give God thanks that I was able to participate here and I can only look forward to what is to come for me," Hyde said.

 

Learning experience

 

Hyde actually won his World Under-20 Championships gold in a time that was faster than his two at the Olympic Games - 49.03 seconds - and his times were also way off his 48.81 national junior record time, which he ran in securing his spot on the team here.

Nonetheless, he believes he has experienced enough to make this trip one that will have a positive impact on his development in the event.

"I take a lot from it, honestly, and to come out twice and compete in this type of atmosphere, it's definitely a learning experience for me and I will grow from this," said Hyde.

Hyde's teammate Annsert Whyte did make the final, where he finished fifth in 48.07.

The event was won by American Kerron Clement in 47.73, with Kenya's Boniface Tumuti, 47.78, and Yasmani Copello from Turkey taking bronze in 47.92.