Ris­ing star tar­gets Bolt

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

PORT­LAND — Trayvon Bromell (pic­tured) be­lieves he is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one in world sprint­ing as he builds to­wards a pos­si­ble Olympic show­down with Usain Bolt in Rio de Janeiro.

The 20-year-old Texas-based star scored the big­gest win of his young ca­reer on Fri­day last week with a vic­tory over Ja­maican vet­eran Asafa Pow­ell to claim gold in the 60m at the World In­door Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Bromell’s win was an im­pres­sive pro­gres­sion from a bronze medal in the 100m at the World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing last Au­gust, where he fin­ished be­hind Bolt and drug-tainted Amer­i­can Justin Gatlin.

For his grow­ing band of ad­mir­ers, Fri­day’s vic­tory also con­firmed the tal­ent which first gained world­wide recog­ni­tion at last year’s US tri­als, where he clocked 9.84sec in the 100m, the 10th fastest time in his­tory.

In sheer phys­i­cal terms, Bromell would ap­pear to be fight­ing in a dif­fer­ent weight cat­e­gory to Ja­maican sprint king Bolt.

The lithe Amer­i­can speed­ster stands at a mod­est 5ft 9in (1.75m) while Bolt tow­ers above him at 6ft 5in (1.95m).

How­ever the supremely con­fi­dent Bromell is adamant that he is equipped to chal­lenge for the very high­est hon­ors.

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