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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Annsert Whyte ran his second personal best in two days at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to secure his place in men’s 400m hurdles championship event.

Whyte, who entered the semi-final as the fastest qualifier, proved to be a cut above the semi-final field, as he was easy from start to finish.

He powered down the home stretch, literally unchallenged, and a glance at the clock with 48.32, another personal best, brought some huge gesticulation to show his satisfaction.

Javier Culson of Peurto Rico took the second automatic qualifying spot in 48.46, also a personal best.

Jaheel Hyde exited the competition with 49.17. The 19-year-old never looked in it from early, but made a gallant attempt in the closing stages. The semi-final heat was won by Trinidad and Tobago-born American Kerron Clement, in a season best 48.26, ahead of Boniface Mucheru Tumuti of Kenya, 48.85, another season best.

Cato, the third Jamaican, also made his way out at this stage. Cato was off the pace from early, which left him no chance in the end, his 49.54 in the heat won by Ireland’s Thomas Barr, who ran a national record 48.39.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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