World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde cemented his pro status by signing a shoe/apparel deal with sports giant PUMA.
The deal, which was negotiated by his management company (GCMC), will directly benefit his pursuits as a student athlete.
"Jaheel will be pursuing tertiary studies at the University of the West Indies and will continue training under the watchful eyes of his coaches who have led him to three (3) global titles, as he aims at Rio 2016," said the release from Garfield Coke, Hyde's manager.
According to Coke, the 2013 World Youth 110m hurdles champion, "is looking forward to the continued support of all his sponsors, management team and fans as he commits to excellence on and off the track as a professional athlete."
Hyde is a graduate of Wolmer's Boys School in Kingston.