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.
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.
— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) April 1, 2017
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.
A jamaicana Brianna Lyston, já conhecida como Lightning Lyston, aos 12 anos está a 2 segundos de bater o recorde mundial nos 200m! pic.twitter.com/beKGEi787a
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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.
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