Trayvon Bromell

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Trayvon Bromell
Trayvon Bromell Portland 2016.jpg
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1995-07-10) July 10, 1995 (age 23)
St. Petersburg, Florida
ResidenceWaco, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1][2]
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Sport
Country United States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprints
College teamBaylor Bears
TeamNew Balance
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Trayvon Jaquez Bromell (born July 10, 1995) is an American track and field athlete specializing in sprinting events. He is the first junior to surpass the 10-second barrier.

Career[edit]

On March 29, 2014, Bromell tied the world junior record in the 100 metres, running a 10.01 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, while representing Baylor University.[3] Just one day before the race, Bromell came within .01 of the record with a 10.02. Following the meet, Bromell was named "2014 Texas Relays Most Outstanding Performer." The last Baylor athlete to receive the same honor was Michael Johnson, 24 years earlier.[4]

On June 13, 2014, Bromell ran 9.92 in the semifinals at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, but that result did not enter the record books, because it was ruled wind-assisted due to a +2.2mps tail-wind with +2.0mps being the maximum allowable tail-wind for times to be considered legal.[5] The following day, he ran 9.97 in the final with a legal +1.8mps wind. Pending ratification, that gave him sole possession of the men's 100m record. Bromell became the first freshman since Walter Dix in 2005 to win the 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.[6]

Bromell had previous brushes with the record in 2013 as a high school athlete at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, running 9.99, while dusting an elite high school field in the Great Southwest Classic at altitude assisted Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, that race was run with a heavy tail-wind +4.0mps, double the allowable, legal limit. (See the race.) Earlier in the season, he won the 200 metres at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships against a similarly talented field. He was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year for 2013.[7]

Later in 2013, Bromell won the Junior National Championship in the 100 metres at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. As a result of that win, Bromell represented the United States at the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, bringing home a bronze medal in the individual 100 metres and anchoring the U.S. 4x100 metres relay team to gold in his first international competition.

At the end of May 2014, Bromell ran a time of 9.77 at the Big 12 Championships. However, the record-time was nullified by a +4.2mps tail-wind. The meet was at Lubbock, Texas, where the altitude is just eight meters below an elevation that would qualify marks for altitude assistance. Meet officials also reversed the direction of the race to take advantage of the wind. Bromell's time of 9.77 ranks equal to the ninth-fastest wind-aided 100 meters race of all time.

In 2015, he returned to Eugene at the NCAA Championships, improving his personal best time to 9.90 in the preliminary round of the 100m.[8]

At the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, in June 2015, Bromell finished second in the 100 metres, clocking a time of 9.96, and thus qualifying for the 2015 World Championships. In an earlier heat, he ran a time of 9.84s, which placed him in a tie for the tenth fastest 100m time in history.[9] At the World Championships, Bromell qualified for the final of the 100 metres by running a time of 9.91 in the heats and then a 9.99 in the semifinals. In the final, Bromell tied for third with a time of 9.92, finishing behind Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin.

On March 12, 2016, Bromell placed second in the 60 meters in 6.507 seconds at 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Six days later, on March 18, 2016, Bromell improved his time by three tenths of a second and won the 60 meters in 6.47s at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

On July 3, 2016, Bromell ran a personal best 9.84s to place second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, securing a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. In Rio, he qualified for the finals in the 100m, where he finished eighth with a time of 10.06s.

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 Pan American Junior Championships Medellín, Colombia 3rd 100 metres 10.44
1st 4×100 metres relay 39.17
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 2nd 100 metres 10.28
1st 4×100 metres relay 38.70
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 100 metres 9.92
4×100 metres relay DQ
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1st 60 metres 6.47
Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th 100 metres 10.06
4x100 metres relay DQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trayvon Bromell Bio - Baylor Official Athletic Site. Baylor Bears. Retrieved on 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ Trayvon Bromell Bio - USA Track & Field. USA Track & Field. Retrieved on 2016-02-01.
  3. ^ "Trayvon Bromell - Biography". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bromell Wins 100-Meter Dash, Ties World Junior Record," Baylor Athletics (March 29, 2014). Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Aaron Kasinitz, "Trayvon Bromell of Baylor tops field in men's 100 meters semifinal: NCAA track and field championships," The Oregonian/OregonLive (June 11, 2014). Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Trayvon Bromell wins USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week after World Junior Record," USA Track & Field (June 18, 2014). Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Bob Putnam, "Gibbs' Trayvon Bromell named Gatorade National Track Athlete of the Year," Tampa Bay Times' (June 25, 2013). Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell is not bothered by his busy NCAA track and field schedule," The Register-Guard (June 11, 2015). Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "US 100m trials: Trayvon Bromell makes history as Tyson Gay wins," BBC Sport (June 27, 2015). Retrieved August 23, 2015.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Darrel Brown
Men's world junior record holder
100 metres

June 13, 2014 – present
Incumbent