After conquering juniors, Hyde aims for senior spot
Defending champion Jaheel Hyde is on course to creating history in the 400 metres hurdles next month at the World Junior Championships in Bydgosczcz, Poland, after easily winning the event at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior Championships on Saturday.
Hyde, who won in a modest 51.45 seconds, by his standards, will be hoping to be a back-to-back champion after winning two years ago in Eugene, Oregon.
Despite his modest time, Hyde was not worried.
"Today (Saturday), my main objective was to just go out there and win as I was not thinking about time. I was just working to perfect my technique and just to get around the track healthy and injury free,"said Hyde.
"It is a confidence booster for me to know that I am the number one seed going to the Championships for the second time around. It doesn't really say a lot for me, but it is what happens on the day of the meet that counts," he added.
Hyde said his technique was to be blamed for his substandard performance at the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix Meet a week before, where he finished one from the back.
"My technique was what threw me off completely and that is the reason I came out at the Junior Championships to try and perfect that instead of concentrating on time, and I decided just to slow it down," he said.
With the junior trials out of the way, Hyde is now focusing on the National Senior Championships next weekend, where he is hoping to finish among the top three.
If he does, he would be the youngest Jamaican ever to make it to a major senior championship in the event.
"I will be aiming for the number one spot, and I am very confident that I will make the team to Rio Olympics," said a very confident Hyde.