By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
For two times defending IAAF Diamond League 400m Hurdles champion Kyron McMaster, with two races into his 2019 campaign and coming off his Diamond League debut in Oslo, Norway last Thursday, working on getting a new race plan right is proving some challenges, which he compares with ‘burning up the pot.’
In 2017, he was the only 400m Hurdler to break 48.00 seconds in his pet event, when he ran 47.80 seconds. So far this season, three have already run 47.58 or faster, including Norway’s hometown favorite Carsten Warholm, competing on his home track, stormed to a personal best of 47.33 seconds, chopping his previous best from 47.64, a time that’s No 2 in the world this year.
McMaster was third in a season’s best 49.12 seconds behind Warholm, the 2017 IAAF World Champion. In his May 18 outdoor debut in Guadeloupe, he was caught at the line and finished second in 49.37 seconds, the same time as the winner Bryon Robinson of the USA, who caught him.
Despite his finish in Olso, McMaster told Island Sun Sports that he’s happy with his performance.
“That’s the first time I went into a race and the steps were kind of unorthodox for me,” McMaster he stated. “I’m very proud of the stepping on the first 200m. For the overall race, I would give myself a B-, mainly because my body experienced something in the last 100m that that I’ve never experienced in my whole professional or track and field career. My entire body shut down and that has never happened to me before.”
McMaster said he’s not depressed or anything about the performance but said he’s curious to know the reason why his body shut down the way it did, which is being investigated by his medial team. He added that it’s a work in progress as new things are being tried.
“If you look over the race, it’s a lot of unorthodox stepping,” he said. “I can’t be upset or dwell on the past because I didn’t run the time I wanted to run. I am in good shape and have the recipe for greatness. It’s just that we keep burning up the pot every time we go into the kitchen. That’s all it is. We’re not getting the right chemical mix that we need right now and keep burning up the pot.”
McMaster said he’s very excited for the next Diamond League race in Stanford, California, on June 30, where he’ll be facing the top runners in the NIKE sponsored event.
“I’m trying out a new theory with the recipe in terms of how to cook up this masterpiece, with the recipe we’re trying to cook up,” McMaster said.
McMaster will also be debuting in the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, August 6-11. He will be joined by Long Jumper Chantel Malone and Shot Putter Eldred Henry and Laser Sailor, Thad Lettsome.
McMaster, Malone and Henry will compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, September 27-October 6. This marks the first time in the territory’s history that two athletes have qualified for Worlds in field events and the third time that three athletes will be in action at Worlds.