Hyman closes in on finish line

Kemar Hyman is almost done racing for the year. 

Hyman, 24, is expected to end his 2014 track and field season next month after a hectic summer on the track. The George Town native, who is currently based in Florida, recently noted on social media that he would be in Europe until September, with a few more races to go until his season is officially finished. 

The latest result for Hyman was an eighth place finish in the 100 meters at the Birmingham Grand Prix in England last week. Hyman was last out of eight competitors at the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meet in a time of 10.44 seconds, his slowest mark of the season. Kemar Bailey-Coe of Jamaica was the winner in 10.08 secs, followed by countryman Nesta Carter (10.13 secs) and Mike Rodgers of the United States (10.15 secs). 

Hyman had been in top form leading up to the XX Commonwealth Games. Cayman’s record-holder in the 100 meters had won four international meets – including an impressive victory over former 100 meter world-record-holder Asafa Powell. Earlier this summer, Hyman had posted times of 10.05 seconds in Ireland, 10.06 seconds in Belgium and 10.23 seconds in Slovenia and Switzerland. 

This month in Scotland, Hyman advanced to the 100m semifinals where he ran a time of 10.31 secs, which placed him sixth in his heat and well short of a qualifying time for the finals. Cayman’s fastest man won his preliminary race in 10.20 secs. By comparison, Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Coe claimed the 100m gold medal in 10.00 secs. Adam Gemili of England took silver in 10.10 secs and Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade claimed bronze in 10:12 secs.  

In Glasgow, Hyman was also part of a 4x100m relay team – the other runners were Tyrell Cuffy, David Hamil and Troy Long – that was eliminated in the preliminary heats, placing fifth out of six teams with a time of 40.50 secs.  

Led by Usain Bolt, Jamaica won gold in 37.58 secs, England took silver in 38.02 secs and Trinidad and Tobago grabbed bronze in 38.10 secs. 


Kemar Hyman, fourth from right, made it to the semis at the Commonwealth Games. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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