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McMaster takes second place at Jamaica Invitational

McMaster competing at the recently held Jamaica Invitational. (Photo credit: Loop)

Kyron McMaster has secured a commendable second place at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, marking his first 400-metre hurdles race of the season at Kingston’s National Stadium on Saturday, May 11.

Entering as the pre-race favourite, the Commonwealth Games champion and World Championship silver medallist clocked a time of 49.00 seconds. However, the spotlight was stolen by Jamaica’s Malik James-King, who clinched victory with a personal best of 48.39 seconds. Adding to the intense competition, Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica, the reigning Pan American Games champion, completed the podium finishers in 49.48 seconds.

McMaster’s return to the Jamaica Athletics Invitational stirred memories of his performance in 2017 when he set a world-leading time of 47.80 seconds. Back then, he outpaced notable competitors such as Hyde and American Bershawn Jackson, showcasing his dominance on the track.

This year, despite a relaxed approach in his race, McMaster’s execution in the final stages wasn’t enough to secure the top spot. The Virgin Islands native, who has already qualified for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, reflected on the unique atmosphere of competing in Jamaica.

“I think every athlete should, at least once in their career, run in Jamaica,” McMaster commented. He praised the vibrant local track and field culture, highlighting the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships as a pinnacle of community involvement in the sport.

With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, McMaster views the Jamaica Athletics Invitational as a critical step in his preparation, focusing on executing well and maintaining his mental stability in high-pressure situations.


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