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VIDEO: McMaster wins historic gold for BVI

McMaster in action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. (BBC photo)

The British Virgin Islands has won its first medal in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

The history-making Kyron McMaster did not simply bag a medal but he finished with gold when he competed in the Men’s 400-metre hurdles inside the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday, April 12.

McMaster bolted out of the starting blocks and proved his dominance by stopping the clock at 48.25 seconds to claim victory.

He finished ahead of Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas who ran 49.10 seconds to claim silver, and Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde who ran 49.16 seconds for bronze.

This is now McMaster’s second gold medal at a senior international athletic championship – the first being at the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich last August.

Meanwhile, it was frenzy at Captain Mulligan’s on Tortola as local athletic fans erupted with excitement at 21-year-old McMaster’s performance.

Residents congregated at the establishment for a watch party put on by telecommunications company Flow, in collaboration with the BVI Commonwealth Games Association and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Below is a video of McMaster’s performance in the 400-metre hurdles finals:

Junior Minister for Tourism Archibald Christian is clad in BVI colours as he watches the action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held in Australia.

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  1. James says:

    Loving this! Congrats young man and the BVI on a whole.

  2. Wakanda forever! says:

    Yass!!!!! Dag will be so proud. Congrats my boy!!

  3. Tola says:

    Kyron did not just win, he showed out.BVI STRONG !

  4. Luvz says:

    Congrats!! Awesome performance!!

  5. Laura says:

    What a truly awesome reward after everything he has endured! Congrats Kyron, you ran with gusto…Dag is smiling down:):)

  6. Fastest! says:

    Thank you for being such an inspiration when the islands needed you most. Makes my heart glow! GO BVI!

  7. Say so says:

    Tears… BVI proud!!!! congrats Kyron! I know coach is smiling down…

  8. Go Kyron! says:

    This is great news and we thank God for you! We are really proud of you! you are an international star now!

  9. Beverly Hodge Smith says:

    Congratulations to Kyron, his mom Joyce and his dad Anthony and the entire family. Kyron continues to make the entire BVI proud. For me it is so heartwarming to watch this young man run. I along with others needed something positive such as this for a change.

  10. sam the man says:

    Brilliant result well done Kyron! and I thought Ed Moses was fast!

  11. See says:

    Awesome awesome .

  12. sixpence says:

    Fantastic!

  13. Watching says:

    I’m so proud of this young man, you are an inspiration to so many, always stay humble and true to yourself and continue the hard work, Your coach would be so proud of all that you have done thus far. God’s speed and many blessings young McMaster. #BVISTRONG

  14. Hmmm says:

    Great Performance!!! Thanks for bigging up the BVI. Bam, Bam, Bam!!! Keep doing your thing and give God praise and thanks every time. Blessings!!!

  15. ? says:

    Amazing news! Congratulations to you on an incredible achievement. Go BVI!

  16. redstorm says:

    Congratulations,
    Continue to run and represent your BVI. I suggest the government name a street with your name; and a house or land for you. It is what should be done. I hope they do.

  17. Len says:

    Congrats young man..no doubt that will inspire the younger generation to gravitate more towards sports.

    To the younger generation: “sports pays..so stay away from crime and drugs!

  18. Brother J says:

    I feel happy to this great news that this brother can proove himself before being bragged on, and not being bragged on before he can proove himself.I celebrate you Sir!

  19. Faithful says:

    He has entered a Class with the big boys such as Usain Bolt, meanwhile making a name for himself. He looks like he was “just cruising”. Congrats Kyron. Continue to make your parents and the BVI proud

  20. LoveMyBVI says:

    Congratulations Kyron!!! and to the McMaster Family. YES!! Today is a glorious day in The Virgin Islands.

  21. Hibicus says:

    Tears tears this is great and for the other young man put down the guns and run to the gold medal and nut the burrial ground

  22. true says:

    im in UK watching it and was thinking Mulligans would show it, great to see!

  23. Guest says:

    This made me smile today, then seeing the reaction of BVI people brought a tear, some good positivity through all the BVI has seen in the past months. Well welcomed breath of fresh air…Thank You Mr. McMaster, Thank you…….

  24. Jules says:

    Well done from the uk. So proud 😍

  25. BVI All the way says:

    Wow this just made me cry. I do not know him personally but am so happy for him and our BVI. God bless him.

  26. WP CREW says:

    Congrats!! Kyron keep up the good work.

  27. Trust me says:

    WOW WAS FOLLOWING THIS EVENT FROM DAY ONE.I WAS CONFIDENT THIS WAS GOING TO BE VICTORY.IT’S SUCH A RELIEF TO READ SOMETHING OF THIS SORT POSITIVE UPLOOK FOR THE B.V.I ,INSTEAD OF HEARING THE POLITICIANS BREAING ALL THEIR NEGATIVE STUFF.KHYRON THANK U FOR GIVING US SOMETHING TO TKS.BVI WE ON THE MAP IN A POSITIVE WAY.TKS ANTHONY/JOYCE FOR BEACON

  28. VI says:

    Good Job Khyron, Mister Samuel’s hard work has paid off and he will live on with your success.

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