Kyron McMaster enroute winning the 400m Hurdles at the Jamaica Invitational. Photo Credit:

British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster was all smiles as his country’s anthem was played for the first time in Commonwealth Games history after he clinched the GOLD medal in the men’s 400m Hurdles final on Thursday at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

McMaster dismissed the threat posed by former World Champion Nicholas Bett and ended up using the Kenyan as his pacemaker as he stormed to victory in a scorching World Lead (WL) of 48.25s, with Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas following in a Season’s Best (SB) of 49.10s. Double World Junior Champion Jaheel Hyde settled for Bronze in 49.16s.

Nigeria’s Rilwan Alowonle put up a spectacular display in his maiden outing for Nigeria, holding off his more experienced rivals to finish 5th in a time of 49.80s.

Jamaica’s Janieve Russell clinched the women’s 400m Hurdles title in an impressive 54.33s as Eilidh Doyle claimed a third consecutive Silver medal with 54.80s. Having been disqualified in Glasgow four years ago, South Africa’s Wenda Nel was more than thrilled with her Bronze medal which she won in a time of 54.96s.

Nigeria’s Glory Nathaniel put up a decent display to finish 6th in 56.39s.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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