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Meet Brianna Lyston, Jamaica’s Next Sprinting Sensation

During the 2017 Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, 12-year-old Brianna Lyston showed why she is already being tabbed as the successor to Usain Bolt in holding aloft Jamaica's sprinting supremacy.

During the 2017 Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, 12-year-old Brianna Lyston showed why she is already being tabbed as the successor to Usain Bolt in holding aloft Jamaica’s sprinting supremacy.

Lyston broke the 200-meter meet record by running the time of 23.72 seconds, which is only 2.38 seconds slower than the incomparable Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s world record of 21.34 seconds.

Griffith-Joyner set the mark 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. In a style reminiscent of eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, Lyston swept all before her in the 100m and 200m events  setting a record time in the latter while easing up before the finish line.

Unfortunately, her incredible earlier run of 23.46 seconds in the 200m semi-final was not wind-legal. But wind-aided or not, her performance sent shock waves through the global Track and Field community.  In the final, she finished a mind-boggling near-full second ahead of her nearest rival, which is beyond astonishing when considering the level of competition. 

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It’s only a matter of time before the world’s best female sprinters in the senior ranks are looking over their shoulders for the next coming of Jamaica’s sprinting dominance.


Stay tuned!