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Diamond League winner McMaster lands home

World Leader and Diamond League winner Kyron A. McMaster is greeted by supporters at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on August 31, 2017. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Among those that turned up to welcome Kyron A. McMaster and coach Dag Samuels were Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left, and President of the BVI Athletics Association Steve Augustine, right. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Among those that turned up to welcome Kyron A. McMaster and coach Dag Samuels were Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left, and President of the BVI Athletics Association Steve Augustine, right. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
BEEF ISLAND, VI - Inspirational Virgin Islands athlete Kyron A. McMaster landed home on Thursday August 31, 2017, after a European tour that saw him earn the title of Diamond League 400m Hurdles Champion.

Met by a small but enthusiastic band of supporters at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, McMaster was all smiles and happy to be home from the colder temperatures of Europe.

"Definitely feels good to be home,” he said. “It’s always good to be home and see my supporters, it is a very good feeling. It was my first time experiencing something like that and I now know how to better prepare for next year, mentally and physically.”

Humble champion

On his performances and claiming the title, McMaster was humble, but also cognisant of what the achievement means going forward.

“Feels normal to be a Champion, it’s just another title in my progression” he beamed “but it was breathtaking to be on the Diamond stage and reaching that level of competition. Coming from a small island, where growing up you think Carifta is the biggest thing, beating a World Champion, an Olympic Champion, that speaks volume and I can only go up from here.”

McMaster will be taking a short break, but then gets right back into training as he is fully aware that his rivals will be working extra hard to knock him off the pedestal in 2018.

In his last race of the 2017 season, McMaster finished second in a time of 49.49 at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia and the previous week had beaten a field that included World Champion Karsten Warholm of Norway at the Diamond League Meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

The World Leading McMaster clocked 48.07 to Warholm's 48.22.

Meanwhile, a similar welcome is expected for long jumper Chantel E. Malone, who was a finalist at the 2017 World Athletic Championships in London.

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