McMASTER THE ONE TO BEAT

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - JH

400m hur­dles

THE su­perbly tal­ented Ky­ron McMaster has not en­joyed much luck in ma­jor cham­pi­onships so far.

He was dis­qual­i­fied for a false start in the 2014 Youth Olympics, while at the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don last year he was dis­qual­i­fied for a lane in­fringe­ment in his heat.

But the 21-year-old leads the rank­ings by al­most a sec­ond and he will be aim­ing to win the first-ever medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games for the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

The Caribbean ar­chi­pel­ago de­scribes it­self as “na­ture’s lit­tle se­cret” and McMaster looks poised to put it on the ath­let­ics map.

His main ri­vals are likely to be for­mer world ju­nior cham­pion Ja­heel Hyde and his Ja­maican team-mates Ri­cardo Cun­ning­ham and An­dre Clarke, plus the Games record-holder LJ van Zyl of South Africa and 2015 world cham­pion Ni­cholas Bett of Kenya.

Eng­land’s Jack Green is a def­i­nite medal con­tender, but the most in­trigu­ing en­try of all is Dai Greene.

The 2010 Com­mon­wealth and Euro­pean and 2011 world cham­pion has been in poor form in re­cent years af­ter mul­ti­ple surg­eries to fix a groin in­jury, but he has made a great come­back this win­ter with sub50 warm-up race vic­to­ries as he qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent Wales.

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