Kyron McMaster breaks 48s in 400m Hurdles – a rare achievement in the sport

By: Rey O’Neal, A.T.F.S.

Kyron McMaster broke 48s with a time of 47.80s in 400m hurdles on May 20 at the 2017 Jamaica International Invitational – a rare achievement in the sport. Photo source: BVIAA Facebook Page

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Kyron McMaster, a 20-year old British Virgin Islands hurdler achieved the most outstanding individual  athletic performance by a competitor from his country when he dominated a quality field to clock 47.80 seconds over the 400 metre hurdles at the Jamaica International Invitational track meet in Kingston.

His rivals included the two-time World Athletics Champion in the event, Bershawn”Batnan’ Jackson of the U.S.A., former Olympic Games medalists Michael Tinsley of the U.S.A., and Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, and Jamaica’s  Jaheel Hyde,who had won the event at the last two I.A.A.F. World Junior (Under-20) Championships, at the latter of which McMaster had become his country’s first individual medalist at a global event outdoors, finishing third behind Hyde.

Kyron McMaster now ranks as the world’s fastest for the 400 metre hurdles in 2017 and makes him No.28 on the World All-Time list.

Among athletes from the C.A.C. (Central America and Caribbean) region, he stands as fifth fastest behind double Olympic champion, Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, the regional record holder at 48.25 seconds; Winthrop Graham of Jamaica (47.60), a medalist at both the Olympic Games and World Championships; Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago (47.69), a World Champion at both the Junior and Senior levels; and Culson, an Olympic medalist who may be the world’s most consistent performer at major Championships over the past decade, with a best performance of 47.72 seconds.

Kyron McMaster also ranks as the second fastest 20 year old ever, behind Trinidad-born, American Kerron Clement (47.24).

Clement, winner of two World Championships, an Olympic title and a world record in the 400 metres flat, has somewhat surprisingly never again run as fast as he did in his 20th year (2005).

Actually sub-48 second clockings are quite rare. No runner in the world achieved the feat in 2014. There were three in 2013, one 1n 2015 and four in 2016. Of those athletes mentioned, five have run faster than Kyron McMaster.

Congratulations are very much in order for Kyron McMaster and his coaches Dag Samuels and Steve Augustine.

Twin athletes sign Letters of Intent with University of Central Florida

By BVI Athletics Association

Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs sign off letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF). Photo: Provided

Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs sign off letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF). Photo: BVIAA

BV Islanders Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs signed off on letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando last week Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. While furthering their athletic career, Trevia will pursue a Mass Communications Degree while Tynelle will pursue a Psychology Degree with a minor in Coaching at UCF beginning January 2017.

Head coach of UCF Jeannette Bolden said “I’m extremely pleased with the efforts of our staff in recruiting eight young ladies which include twin sisters Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs.’ Bolden further stated “the three joining us in January will have an immediate impact on our team. This is one of the best, balanced recruiting classes at UCF.”

In telephone interviews with BVIAA Public Relations Officer (PRO) Cleave Farrington, both ladies expressed how happy and excited they are to be attending UCF. “We feel it’s a great opportunity, a great family atmosphere and much closer to home and an institution that will focus on them individually.”

Tynelle will continue to focus on her field events in the hammer and discus throws outdoors and the weight throw indoors while Trevia will focus on the discus, shot put and weight throw and possibly the hammer. They expect their distances in the throws will improve significantly at the University of Central Florida.

Coach Angeleta Bernard and Omar Jones expressed their pride in Trevia and Tynelle and wished the twins much success at UCF as they look forward to great things from them. “They have the eagerness, drive and motivation to do very well – with the extra work it will surely pay off,” said the coaches.

BVIAA President Steve Augustine mentioned how proud he is of the twin sisters. “It’s a great accomplishment for the twins joining UCF – a Division 1 college,” he said. Now that they are in a better environment moving from a Junior college to a D1 college, it can only be expected that the intensity of the training and the exposure that they will get would be greater than what they had in Central Arizona.”

Lynelle Gumbs, the biggest fan of her twin daughters stated “it is exciting and it has been a long journey and I thank God for giving them the opportunity. We their family, are so happy that they are sticking together.”

Both twins expressed gratitude to their foundational coaches Mrs. Bernard and Mr. Jones of the Top Notch Track Club, coach Eric Matthias and to their coach Tony Dougherty of Central Arizona Junior College for the significant roles each has played in their development.

The twins also expressed appreciation to everyone in the BVI Community for supporting them in one way or another on their long journey. They are excited to compete in the NCAA and intend to show everyone what they are made of as they continue to make the BVI proud.


King will use World Championships experience for future growth

Karene King competing in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO Credit: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Karene King competing in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO Credit: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

The weather in Moscow, Russia was to Karene King’s liking—like her training base in Portland, Oregon, where she prepared under the watchful eye of Ronnye Harrison—who took her from a 25.34 seconds runner when she arrived to 23.24, to qualify for the 14th IAAF World Championships.

Her warm up for her debut 200m race went great—she felt loose and ‘stretchable’ than got the call to enter the call room.
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