18 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Men’s 400m hurdles preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Jamaican hurdler Jaheel Hyde (Getty Images)Jamaican hurdler Jaheel Hyde (Getty Images) © Copyright

This year’s world leader and national junior record holder Jaheel Hyde, who ran 49.49 on home soil in Kingston back in March, wants to make history and win Jamaica’s first gold in the event,  as he did last year by winning the World Youth Championships title in the boy's 110m hurdles.

Still only 17, Hyde is the only man under 50 seconds in the field.

Nevertheless, he could find some strong opposition from US champion Kenny Selmon (50.13), Asian Junior Championships gold medallist Yu Chia-Hsuan (50.49) of Chinese Taipei, his continental runner-up, China’s Wang Guozhong (50.61) and USA’s Khallifah Rosser (50.62).

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF

Men's 400 Metres Hurdles Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Eric Futch USA USA 13 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Kerron Clement 48.51 USA USA Grosseto 16 JUL 2004

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Jaheel Hyde JAM JAM 49.29
2 Ali Khamis Khamis BRN BRN 49.55
3 José Luis Gaspar CUB CUB 49.88
4 Tim Holmes USA USA 49.90
5 Kenneth Selmon USA USA 50.13