Hyde sees recent triumphs as platform for growth
Jamaica's Jaheel Hyde poses with his silver medal in the 400m hurdles during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday, August 6, 2022. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

AFTER winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, and making his first individual final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, 400m hurdles athlete Jaheel Hyde is hoping to use his successes as a platform for greater results.

Hyde, who also clocked a personal best this season of 48.03 seconds in Eugene, finished second at Alexander Stadium, running 49.78 to upgrade the bronze medal he won four years earlier at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The 25-year-old says he is eager to push on from his achievements this season and is happy that he was able to secure a medal at the games.

"It just means that there are a lot of positives to take from this season. It's probably my most successful season and I just have to build from this — this is just the start," declared Hyde.

"Yeah that's always good, to improve on your last performance, and that's always my plan."

After a poor start to the season Hyde was able to bounce back at the National Senior Championships in June, when he won his third national title, clocking 48.51 seconds in the final.

He took that form into the World Athletics Championships, crossing the line third in his heat and second in his semi-final, before producing the best time of his career in the final with a sixth-place finish.

In Birmingham Hyde won his heat in 49.60 seconds before following Kyron McMaster (British Virgin Islands) to the finish line.

Though happy with the medal, Hyde was less than satisfied with his execution during the race. He said he is looking forward to continuing his development next season.

"It was not quite the race that I wanted to run. I messed up my strides in the first part of the race — I think they were a bit too short. It was also a bit cold so that kind of affected me a little, but everyone had to deal with that so I'm pretty happy with the silver medal. So, there are lots of things to fix coming next season," said Hyde.

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