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Jaheel Hyde and his parents revel in gold medal success

Can't 'hyde' their joy

By Howard Walker and Paul Reid

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

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LENWORTH 'Teacher' Hyde and Angela Hussett are currently basking, as they should, in the glory of their son Jaheel who on Friday became a World Junior Champ, when he won the 400m hurdles title at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Teacher, a football icon in Jamaica, is known for his precocious skills as a schoolboy at Clarendon College and while doing national duties during the years 1978 - 1991, while Angela took up cheerleading activities at Wolmer's Girls.

Both Angela and Lenworth were in Oregon to witness Jaheel's latest conquest and they both were very cautious, but confident, of success.

"We weren't really surprised because we know how dedicated he is, and he always believes in himself. We knew it would be close but I think the coach did an excellent job," said Lenworth Hyde Snr.

"When I compare the times he was doing in training to the times the others were doing, I knew he would win. But I didn't want him to get overconfident," Angela added. "I am very elated and I can't find words to describe how I am feeling right now. At first, I was nervous but before the race started, I saw what he was doing, that is, his pre-race preparations. He was looking around like a cricketer surveying the field and then and there I knew he would win. He was focused. And I know he doesn't want me to be nervous," said the doting mother.

Lenworth, who was still grinning 30 minutes after the race, told the Sunday Observer that they were expecting good things but he, along with Jaheel's mother, still had a bout of nerves on Friday as the race approached.

"We were pretty confident he would win," the father said. "I was a bit nervous before the race but I know the preparation he makes because I am with him in the mornings, as I am the one who takes him to training; he is very dedicated, he works hard, he is tough and believes in himself and his coach Chris Harley."

It was Jaheel, Lenworth said, who kept the family calm, even the night before the race, after the semi-finals. They were texting back and forth, the elder Hyde said. "He said 'Daddy, don't worry, man, I will deal with it. He is the one who is always calm when we the parents get nervous."

Husset takes a deep interest in the progress of her son, always trying to ensure Jaheel makes the right decisions and is well supported.

"He did 50.27 all by himself at a time trial...no competition, so I knew when he got the competition it would push him.When I was in the stands, I heard some other persons talking about him and pointing out the times that he is doing and he is just 17 years old. They said he was awesome and the one to beat," said Hussett.

Lenworth has seen four of his five children don the black, gold and green colours of Jamaica. The eldest, 30-year old Lenworth Jr, represented Jamaica in football at the Under-23 level; Jamie, 21, represented the country at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels and so did Jaheel at the Under-17 level. Julian took to the horses and became an equestrian and was at one stage ranked eighth in the world as a junior. While at the senior level, he was the back-to-back Federation Equestre International (FEI) World Jumping Category B champion.

But it is his 17-year-old Jaheel who has taken the family's success to a world level by adding the World Junior 400m hurdles crown to the 2013 World Youth 110m hurdles title.

"I think it's my motivation. They saw what I do. Every morning when I am off to training and they see the dedication I put into my work as a coach. I teach them to be humble and focus on whatever they are doing," said Lenworth.

Jaheel of Wolmer's Boys eased to 49.29 seconds to win the 400m hurdles and his father revealed that he will be hunting further glory at the Youth Olympics in China next month, but this time, in the 110m hurdles.

"We are extremely proud and we are not rushing him to do anything other than what he wants to. I think he will continue doing both of them although he likes the 110 more because the training for the 400 is harder," the senior Hyde revealed.

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