Update at 11:00 a.m. Monday
Hyman finishes 5th in 100m
Cayman Islands sprinter Kemar Hyman finished fifth in the 100m final on Australia’s Gold Coast today.
Hyman, who was second fastest in qualifying, missed out on a medal by two hundredths of a second.
South Africa’s Akani Simbine took gold in 10.03 seconds with his compatriot Henricho Bruintjies second in 10.17. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake took bronze in 10.19, edging out Nigerea’s Seye Ogunlewe in a photo finish.
Hyman was fifth in 10.21.
Sprinter Kemar Hyman goes to the 100 meter final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia Monday with real confidence he can bring home a medal for the Cayman Islands.
Hyman eased through the heats as the second-fastest qualifier, clocking an impressive 10.10 as he blitzed to victory in the semifinal.
Only Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man in history after compatriot Usain Bolt, has recorded a quicker time in the 100 meters so far in Queensland.
After the semifinal race at the Carrara Stadium on Sunday evening, Hyman said he was feeling relaxed and confident ahead of what will be the biggest race of his career.
“I’ve raced against Yohan Blake for many years and I know what kind of gameplan he can come with. The rest of the guys are great too,” Hyman told pool reporter Ben Meade.
“Everyone that made the finals trained hard and got their stuff together. I am just trying to do the best for Cayman and the best for myself.”
Of the nine men lining up in the 10:15 p.m. final Monday on Australia’s Gold Coast (7:15 a.m. in Cayman), only Blake and South Africa’s Akani Simbine have ever run faster than Hyman’s personal best of 9.95.
England’s Adam Gemili, third fastest in qualifying, and South Africa’s Henricho Bruintjies have also run sub-10 second races, though, and Hyman is expecting a competitive race.
“The gameplan is the same as the semis, same thing as the heats – just do my best. I have to come hard, because these guys are world-class,” he said.
Hyman, a former student at George Town Primary School, believes he is back at his best this year and said he was grateful to be competing in his first Commonwealth Games final.
“This is one of the best years I have had and I have to give God thanks for that … we will see what we can do in the finals,” he said.