I want to be the best - Hyde

May 25, 2016
@Normal:Jaheel Hyde (left) is the picture of concentration as he races to second place in a seasons' best 49.16 seconds in the men's 400m hurdles at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium. Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas (centre) won in 48.96, while Bershawn Jackson for the United States (right) was third in 49.29 seconds.

Having excelled as a junior in the 400 metre hurdles and 110 metre hurdles, former Wolmer's Boys school standout Jaheel Hyde has his sights firmly set on becoming Jamaica's best in the discipline.

The youngster won the 2014 World Junior 400 metres hurdles and 2013 World Youth 110 metres hurdle titles and is still eligible for the World Juniors this year.

The 19-year-old Hyde has made a seamless transition

from the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletic Championships.

"It's a long season so I am just working to see where I'm at right now," Hyde said, noting that he would be going all out to earn a spot on the team to the Rio 2016 Olympics, although that is not his priority right now.

"I am not putting any pressure on myself to make the team. I am still young, but I want to be number one in Jamaica. So that's what I am working towards," Hyde said in a recent interview.

Running against older opponents at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet earlier this month, Hyde clocked a sublime season's best 49.16 seconds, finishing second best to Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas in 48.96 seconds.

American Bershawn Jackson, the 2005 World Championships gold medallist, was third.

"I want to stamp my class, to be positive, and keep winning from here on," Hyde told STAR Sports, adding that his second place did a lot for his confidence.

"One hundred per cent (boost), and I am looking forward to the rest of the season," he added.

The time was his second fastest and also second on the all-time national junior performance list.

He defended his Boys' Cham-pionships title with a best of 49.01 in the 400m hurdles last year.

"I think I am one of the lucky few to transition well competing at the higher level, so I am thankful for that," Hyde said.

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