‘Mission Accomplished’ in Bydgoszcz, Hyde Now Looking to go Even Faster in Rio

‘Mission Accomplished’ in Bydgoszcz, Hyde Now Looking to go Even Faster in Rio

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.

The rest.

Krah Sets Out to Follow in Merritt And Johnson’s Footsteps

Krah Sets Out to Follow in Merritt And Johnson’s Footsteps

I sat down for a few minutes to chat with Marcus Krah of the US the day after he stormed to the world U20 title in the 110m hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and got the impression that once he adjusts to the slighter higher barriers after his first year of collegiate competition, we’ll be seeing much more from him.

The intro:

Entering a competition as a favourite is one thing, but leaving with the title of world champion is another. Just ask Marcus Krah, who admirably shouldered that pressure en route to a convincing victory in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.

“It still hasn’t hit me all the way yet, I’m still getting congrats from family, friends, people on Twitter, people I don’t even know, it feels good,“ said the Durham, North Carolina native, still savouring the 13.25 victory that brought him his first international laurels.

“I’ve been waiting for this for I don’t know how long. I never thought that I would be a world champion but I’ve been waiting to get on a USA team for years.”

Hearing an 18-year-old say he has been waiting “years” for something could seem over the top, but in Krah’s case, it’s not really that hefty of an exaggeration.

Beginning in the sport as a five-year-old – “I didn’t skip a year,” he said – Krah was already excelling at age-group events regionally and nationally by the time he was 13. First it was in the long and triple jumps, his first loves in the sport, and then the hurdles which he took up that year. It was a passion strong enough for Krah to already whittle down his career path choices.

“I made the decision that I wanted to (eventually) go pro in the hurdles and run in the Olympics, when I was 13,” he said. If he is half as determined as he is affable, Krah is already well on his way.

The rest for the IAAF.