Whyte aiming for more personal bests in 2017

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August 27, 2016
@Normal: Annsert Whyte (centre) with fellow athletes Peter Matthews (left) and Javon Francis after their arrival from Rio Olympics at the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday.

After clocking a personal best in every round at the recent Olympics in Rio, and becoming the second fastest Jamaican of all-time in the 400m hurdles, Annsert Whyte says his new found confidence and improved race technique makes him ready to run the discipline much faster, next year.

The 29-year-old Racers Track Club athlete, who clocked a blistering 48.07 seconds in men's 400m Olympic final, finished fifth at the global showpiece.

Whyte says even though he did not medal, he is happy with his personal best times and is confident his best is yet to come.

"I accomplished everything that I set out to do, I have been training hard, putting in the right work, fixing what I need to fix and I go out there and accomplish what I came here to. Each time I ran a pb so that is the most exciting part for me and just participating in the Olympics is just mind boggling," the athlete shared in an interview on Wednesday, arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport, en-route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"It's my best so far, but I know next year when I come, I can go really faster than that, we will just see how it goes with my background training and just fixing up my technique and fix certain errors that I made in the finals and come back good," said Whyte.

He added that he will seek to have fun on the local circuit, while trying to make the best of every opportunity he gets.

"I most definitely, most definitely will be at Tokyo 2020," said an optimistic Whyte, who will be 33 in 2020.

He added that he will be working to be a World Championships medal candidate next year.

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