Cato should be best of average 400m hurdles field

June 27, 2016
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Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Roxroy Cato during the 15th International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing, China.
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There have been very moderate performances by Jamaicans on the international circuit this season in the men's 400 metres hurdles.

Only Roxroy Cato has gone sub-49 seconds. He did so finishing in the runner-up spot at the Racers Grand Prix Meet, clocking a season's best 48.98 seconds to finish behind world leader Johnny Dutch of the United States.

Cato, who was second a year ago, will be hoping to go all the way this time around on Friday at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/ Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Despite going into the meet as a slight favourite, Cato, who won the title two years ago, will be under tremendous pressure to win another title.

After being runner-up in 2013 and 2014, Answert Whyte will be hoping to get the better of Cato again.

When they met for the first time this season at the Racers Grand Prix Meet, it was Cato who was ahead and will be hoping to be in front once again and go faster than his season- best, 49.25.

Defending World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde will be coming to make amends after a poor run at the Racers Grand Prix Meet, where he finished in seventh place.

Hyde started the season on a high with a season's best of 49.16 seconds in finishing ahead of Whyte at the Jamaica International Invitational in May.

He has had things very rough since and has been spending extra time in recent days trying to get his technique right.

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