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Hyde Aiming Higher In 2017

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 1:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jaheel Hyde in action during the preliminary round of the men's 400m hurdles event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Last year, Jaheel Hyde accomplished two of his main objectives by defending his IAAF World Under-20 400 meters hurdles title and making the Jamaica Olympic team to Rio, Brazil. However, for the year 2017, the former Wolmer's Boys' athlete is aiming to take his career a step further.

"(In) 2016, I set some goals and I went out and achieved them, so I am pleased with myself. I won at World Juniors, I defended my title; and I went to the Olympics. I made the Olympic team, so those were two pluses for me.

"I didn't go to the Olympics and win. I said I wanted to make the team as a learning experience. I am still young, and there are a lot more Olympics for me. That's what I am aiming towards," he said.

The 19-year-old noted that the World Championships in London this year will be at the top of his agenda; however, he intends to make the team before setting himself a target at the championships.

"The plan this year to take it one step further. We are still taking it one step at a time, but the aim is to go one step further, and that's what we are working towards. I want to PB (personal best). Each time I run, I want to personal best, so it's just to grow in the sport and become the best," he said.

"But my main goal this year is to make the team (to the IAAF World Championships in London, England) and take it from there," he added.