Rising star targets Bolt
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.