McMaster wins 2nd consecutive IAAF Diamond League Trophy in tight race

Kyron McMaster (right) on his way to winning the 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich (Mark Shearman) © Copyright

Kyron McMaster won the 400m hurdles International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) Diamond League Trophy for the 2nd consecutive year on August 30th in Zurich, Switzerland. McMaster crossed the line in a time of 48.08, narrowly beating current IAAF European and World champion, Karston Warholm from Norway who placed 2nd in 48.10.

“I have been growing a lot. I really enjoyed every experience I have been through. I feel good about today’s race. But I am very tired of course. It went exactly how I wanted. I got a good rhythm,” said McMaster on completing his race.

This was a tighter race between McMaster and Warholm than in 2017 when McMaster won his first Diamond Trophy in a time of 48.07 over Warholm’s 2nd place time of 48.22.

The 2 will meet again at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostravia 2018 in the Czech Republic on September, 8th. The competition will be charged with the inclusion of the Qatari 400m hurdles phenomena, Abderrahman Samba, who was absent from the Diamond League final, but will rejoin them at the start line in Ostravia.

The 2018 Diamond League finals was McMaster’s 7th major international competition this year the first of which was the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April where he won the territory’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal with a first place finish. Podium finishes in all subsequent competitions included 1st place finishes at the CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 31 with a time of 47.60 and at the NACAC Track and Field Championships in Toronto, Canada on August 10 with a championship record time of 48.18.

McMaster is one of five BVI senior athletes who is a beneficiary of the BVI Olympic Committee Elite Athlete Program and a recipient of an Olympic Scholarship through Olympic Solidarity.