Olympian Kyron McMaster returned to the Jamaica Athletics Invitational with high expectations but settled for a commendable second-place finish in his first 400-meter hurdles race of 2024 at the island’s National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

McMaster, the World Championship silver medalist, entered the race as the favourite, however, it was Jamaica’s Malik James-King who stole the spotlight, clinching victory with a personal best time of 48.39 seconds. McMaster crossed the finish line with a time of 49.00 seconds, securing the second position.

Adding to the competitive field, Jamaican Jaheel Hyde, the reigning Pan American Games champion, rounded up the top three with a strong performance, clocking in at 49.48 seconds.

Here’s a look at those highlights.

McMaster’s return to the Jamaica Athletics Invitational stirred memories of his remarkable performance at the 2017 staging of the event. During that season, McMaster emerged as a dominant force, setting the track ablaze with a then-world-leading time of 47.80 seconds.

His stellar performance positioned him ahead of notable contenders like Jamaica’s Hyde and American Bershawn Jackson, who finished second and third respectively.