Jamaica may finally have found a successor to sprint legend Usain Bolt, after 12-year-old Brianna Lyston produced an astonishing display of sprinting at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships.
In a style reminiscent of Olympic champion Bolt, Lyston swept all before her in the 100-meter and 200-meter events.
Lyston became the first under-13 athlete to run a sub-24-second time at the Champs. Sadly, her devastating run of 23.46 seconds in the 200 semifinal was wind-aided, with the wind speed at +2.2 meters per second. But, she continued her astonishing form unperturbed in the final to set a wind-legal record of 23.72.
The 12-year-old’s times are only a little more than two seconds off the women’s 200 world record, set back in 1988, and saw Lyston a whopping near-full second clear of her nearest rival in the final.
Lyston made the most of her Lane-4 draw and had made up the stagger on Tina Clayton outside her in Lane 5 after less than 50 meters. Clayton would end up in second.
Brianna’s mother, Toya Bennett, speaking from her home in Portmore, Jamaica, told The Telegraph: “I’m so proud of her. It was just fantastic to watch. She always trains very hard and when she came off the track, she just felt great.”
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