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McMaster astonished 47.08 was only good for 4th @ 2020 Olympics

- said he felt the pace from the beginning but kept his composure
Kyron A. McMaster's 47.08 was good enough for 4th as Norway's Karsten Warholm blazed to victory in a World Record 45.94 in the final of the men's 400m Hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Herald Sun/File.
The Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the Tokyo Olympics is being dubbed as the best race in Olympic history. Photo: Getty Images
The Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the Tokyo Olympics is being dubbed as the best race in Olympic history. Photo: Getty Images
TOKYO, Japan- Virgin Islands Kyron A. McMaster's 47.08 in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final would have ensured him a gold medal if it was the 2016 Olympics. It was; however, the 2020 Olympics and the greatest Olympic 400m Hurdles race ever seen on August 2, 2021 (VI time).

47.08 was good enough for 4th as Norway's Karsten Warholm blazed to victory in a World Record 45.94.

Second place finisher, American Rai Benjamin's time of 46.17 would have comfortably broken the previous record Warholm had set in July, while Brazil's Alison Dos Santos' bronze-medal time of 46.72 was just outside it.

McMaster registered a Personal Best and National Record, crossing the finish line ahead of the 5th fastest man in history, Abderrahman Samba of Qatar.

'That race was fantastic'- McMaster

“Oh my God, that race was fantastic," McMaster exclaimed during a post-race interview with reporters in Tokyo.

"Throughout the race, I was feeling good obviously, but no way in the world would I dream that a 47.08 would have got me fourth,” McMaster further said.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Champion said he felt the pace from the beginning of the race, but kept his composure.

"Usually, what I would do is if I see the pace getting away from me, I would try to go back on them, but I am trying a different routine, keeping my composure, and just going about business,” the world's 8th fastest 400m hurdler added.

Meanwhile, the race is already being dubbed the 'best race in Olympic history' by sports journalists and pundits.

"In a golden era for the men's 400m hurdles, this was the Olympic final the event deserved," CNN stated.

Rai Benjamin quipped, "That was the best race in Olympic history ... everyone in this event should be getting paid big bucks, in all honesty."

History for VI

This year the territory created history with two finalists in the Olympics, Chantel E. Malone reaching the final of the Women's Long Jump where she finished 12th.

The territory also fielded three Olympics, as swimmer Elinah Phillip competed in the 50M Freestyle. Phillip placed second in her heat in a non-advancing time.

According to McMaster, it is an incredible feeling thinking about what the Virgin Islands has achieved.

“That’s history, that’s amazing when you are coming from a country with 30,000 people, and you can at least bring three people to the Olympics, and two from those three people make the finals. I think we have a better ratio than Americans or Jamaica or a next big country,” he said with immense pride and a big smile.

Territory-wide motorcade!

Meanwhile, a motorcade has been organised to celebrate the achievements of the three Olympians today, August 3, 2021.
The motorcade was scheduled to start at 2:00 pm.

According to the Government of the Virgin Islands, a motorcade will be held on the four main islands in the Virgin Islands. The starting points are Festival Grounds, Tortola; Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda; The Settlement, Anegada and Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke.

15 Responses to “McMaster astonished 47.08 was only good for 4th @ 2020 Olympics”

  • hmmm (03/08/2021, 14:38) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was an insane race. He had a lot of competition.

    Can't be mad when he clearly did his best. Just that others did their best as well.

    Still proud.
  • Capt Ron (03/08/2021, 16:04) Like (40) Dislike (9) Reply
    A motorcade? Really? To celebrate the BVI's Olympic athletes...who aren't even back in the BVI from Tokyo. This place is backwards!
    • Eagle Eye (03/08/2021, 16:33) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Just trying to distract us from the real issues. Suppose we had medal. Rockstone.
    • Dunce (03/08/2021, 17:25) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Really! These athletes dont even live in the BVI presently. Get a life.
      • @Dunce (04/08/2021, 14:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        What difference does that make? They cannot live and train in a place where there is no infrastructure or expertise and nobody will allow the expertise in or build infrastructure.
  • NICK (03/08/2021, 16:23) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    I do agree that these athletes deserve recognition but I also say that we,the peoples of the virgin islands deserve an update on the covid situation.An update every 3 or 4 days is not good enough also, your update is incomplete as you did not mention last time the number of peoples in hospital.Playing the ostrich game is not serving your country.We need to know where we stand.
  • Great Accomplishment (03/08/2021, 16:31) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    To be in the Olympic games and from such a small country in itself a great accomplishment. Being in the finals is just amazing. Like McMaster said on a ratio it don't get better than that. We love you'll.
  • bvistrong (03/08/2021, 17:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Kyron. Now train on and on. And make sure you have the best spikes (you may already). You have a great future ahead.

    Keep going Chantel. Your best would have won it so we know you can do it.
  • THE OTHER ONE (03/08/2021, 18:36) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    • the rock (04/08/2021, 04:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Kyron did and outstanding job, but i have to say this, until he and the others recognized what that wolham guy is doing which is getting out the gate like a crazy man for the first 100m to distance himself from the field then to rest up and wait for them catch up, they will never beat him, this is not a knock against Kyron it's just facts!
      • What? (04/08/2021, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What are you talking about. Warholm and three/ four others were practically neck and neck. Warholm started pushing at about 150m left.
  • Fam (04/08/2021, 07:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope next time we get at least sliver but kyron you did great
  • WOW (04/08/2021, 08:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    At how many cases will the curfew be dropped. Is Track&field more important than emancipation now.
  • Get Real.. Do the Eye test. (04/08/2021, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    That wasn't his best effort. That track is so fast everyone running PBs. Iam certain bolt could have run a 9 seconds 100 and a 19 second 200, on that track......My Eye tedt told me, he could have done better, the aggression wasn't there, he ran with too much concern of failing...He Didn't go for the Kill..
  • FEO GOMEZ (05/08/2021, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    HA! This man say he was ASTONISHED his time was only good for 4th. You got beat by a white boy and and American who both have fake food choices. Guess nobody fall down this time.

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