As eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt thinks about retiring, Jamaica may already have its next big track star. Twelve-year-old Jamaican sprinter Brianna Lyston is already being compared to the fastest man alive and there’s no question why.
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During the 2017 Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, Lyston broke the 200-meter meet record by running the time of 23.72 seconds, which is only 2.38 seconds slower than Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 21.34 seconds, set at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
No other sprinter under 13 has ever run a sub-24-second time for the 200 meters at the meet. Check out the race below, in which Lyston broke free from the pack and built a comfortable lead, finishing 0.88 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Not only did Lyston win the 200-meter race with ease, she also won the 100 meters with a time of 11.86 seconds, only 1.37 seconds behind the world record, also set by Griffith-Joyner.