A graduate of Gibbs High in St. Petersburg recently won a coveted spot on this year’s Olympic sprinting team. On July 3, 2016 during a competition in Eugene, Oregon, 20-year old Trayvon Bromell qualified to join the U.S. team when he came in second during a 100-meter sprint at the U. S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. He completed the course in just 9.84 seconds.
The 5’9″ runner weighs 156 pounds. He overcame a series of sports injuries to win the prestigious honor. During junior high and high school in Florida, he seriously injured both knees in separate accidents. He also in the past sustained a cracked him during a 100-meter sprint. Most recently, he suffered an injured his Achilles Tendon. Despite these injuries, he has emerged as one of the leading sprinters in the nation today.
Trayvon Bromell described the goal of participating in the Olympics as his “biggest dream”. He earned the chance to compete in Rio next month, where he will join former Gold Medal winner Justin Gatlin in representing the United States.
At an international sprinting competition in Beijing recently, Trayvon Bromell tied for a Bronze Medal in the 100-meter race. His score of 9.84 seconds in Oregon occurred while he still suffered from a sore Achilles Tendon. He has ranked on lists of new U.S. Olympic athletes considered to have the best chance to win medals in Rio.