Annsert Whyte, the former 400m hurdles national champion, is hoping that selectors will add his name to the team that will be representing Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games next month on the Gold Coast in Australia after he turned back a good field in the event at the G.C. Foster Classics- Digicel Grand Prix Final at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Whyte won the race in 49.66 seconds to beat national 400m hurdles junior record holder Jaheel Hyde, who was second in 49.79. Demar Murray of G.C. Foster College was third in 50.94 seconds.
"I hope this performance wins them over and they can give me an opportunity to compete at the Commonwealth Games this year," Whyte said. "The last Commonwealth Games, I made the finals and fell, and I feel as though I have some unfinished business there."
Whyte, who is one of the many quarter-milers who have switched from the flat event to the 400m hurdles, is coming off a hamstring injury that derailed his 2017 season.
"I had a hamstring injury and it took a while to get better. I took some time off to get it together, but when I got back, I didn't have enough time to get prepared for trials, and I didn't get to make it to the final, so I shut it down for the season," Whyte said. "Today is my first race, and I got a good season opener - coming back from a bad season last year."
Hyde and Kemar Mowatt are the only 400m hurdlers that have been provisionally selected for the Commonwealth team.
Whyte's 49.66 seconds is the fastest time by a Jamaican in the event this year.