Hyde should enjoy his first Olympics - Cameron
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Coach Bert Cameron is encouraging young 400m hurdler Jaheel Hyde to enjoy his first Olympic experience and believes he will come out a winner regardless of the outcome of his performance here.
Hyde qualified for the Olympic Games after finishing second at the National Senior Championships in 48.81 seconds last month and geared up for his biggest test with a win at the World Under 20 Championships in Poland a few weeks ago.
Cameron, who is here in Rio with Hyde says he is pleased with the athlete's approach to the Games and while he remains certain the youngster will do well, has underlined his belief that the 19 year-old will grow and learn from this experience regardless of his times or positions here.
"There is no way he can lose. If he goes out there and goes to the final and even gets a medal, he is the greatest thing on Earth. If he doesn't make it out of the first round, then he would have gained valuable experience, which I'm sure will make him even better, so it's a win-win for him," said Cameron.
"I am extremely pleased with him; Jaheel is an individual that really has no limits. He runs according to the competition, he also knows what he is up against here; he is not here to fool himself," Cameron told STAR Sports.
"He is well-grounded, he is young but he knows what his capabilities are," he added.
"I remember back in my days just representing Jamaica, I was 20-years-old when I made the CAC Games team which is of course much smaller than an Olympics, but I was one of the best quarter milers then. I got nervous and didn't want to compete. I finished a close fourth but I was praying that I finished fourth that I didn't get to go the run the second round race," he said.
"So I know that its mind-boggling moving up as a junior into the senior ranks, no matter how good you think you are, it can be terrifying. Hyde has done a few senior races and he did well so now he knows what he is up against, I try to keep him calm and let him understand he needs to enjoy himself and do the best he can," said Cameron.