My feature for the IAAF on Jamaican Jaheel Hyde who last week successfully defended his world U20 title in the 400m hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The intro:
Soon after his 400m hurdles victory at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 eight days ago, a Jamaican journalist asked Jaheel Hyde if his successful title defence earned his season a ‘Mission Accomplished’ characterisation.
“Definitely,” the 19-year-old, said, without the slightest hesitation. “This win was on my mind. I came here and defended my title and I couldn’t be more pleased with that. It’s a great feeling to create history for my country and for myself. I’ll keep doing that.”
Hyde became just the sixth man to win a back-back world U20 title, the 18th athlete overall, and the first in his event.
The 49.03 run that propelled him to a second gold in the event was the proverbial icing on a season that included a 48.81 runner-up finish at the senior Jamaican Championships which also punched his ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.