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IAAF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS: Hyde eyes hurdles history

Published:Friday | July 12, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

DONETSK, Ukraine:

After registering a lifetime best and world leading 13.22 in the 110m hurdles semi-finals at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships inside the RSC Olympiyskiy a short while ago, the super talented Jaheel Hyde has his heart set on creating history for Jamaica in the event.

No Jamaican has ever medalled in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships but bucking that trend is just one of Hyde’s ambitions, as he aims his crosshairs on the 13.12 world youth record set by France’s Wilhem Belocian last year.

“I want to create history for Jamaica and get that gold medal, even with a record because I think that 13.12 is possible. I now just have to refocus, forget about this race and start fresh again in the semi-finals,” said Hyde.

The boys 110m hurdles final is set for 12:25pm (Jamaica time).

Hyde, who is also one of the island’s best in his age group in the 200m and the 400m, noted that the 110m hurdles ranks below the quarter-mile as his favourite event, but underlined that he feels more prepared than ever to deal with the challenges at this level.

“Honestly, the 400m is my favourite event. Its been my first hurdles race for two months and I only started hurdles training two weeks ago, so my race plan was to come out here, get to the first hurdle first and continue being aggressive and let the momentum take me through,” said Hyde. “I managed to do that and get a personal best as well. That was something that I was also aiming for.”

“I’m a very strong person mentally, so it isnt a bother for me. Once you compete at Champs in Jamaica, you can compete anywhere, I will be ready,” Hyde added.

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