‘Allyson Felix Is the Only Old Head’- Trayvon Bromell Says a New Era Is Beginning at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/18/2021, 5:34 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Allyson Felix of the United States reacts after winning gold during the Women’s 4 x 400 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)


The USA track and field roster for Tokyo Olympics 2020 has many young stars that will go on and serve for many more Olympics Games. And USA’s 100-meter favorite, Trayvon Bromell reckons that a new era has begun with a few of the veterans like Allyson Felix possibly running in their last Olympics and the emergence of young stars such as Gabby Thomas, Erriyon Knighton, Noah Lyles, Sydney McLaughlin, and others.

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Allyson Felix reacts after placing second in womens 400m semifinal in 51.01 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In a recent interview, Trayvon Bromell claimed that this is the ‘new era’ of sprinting for the USA. He called Allyson Felix as the last ‘old head’ in the group and other than that everybody else is mostly making their Olympic debut. Gone are the days of Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers for USA.

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“This is a new era of sprinting like literally, I think well Allyson is like the only old head really on the team you know and I mean no offense but it’s just a sprint, and think about it like everybody is new,” Bromell said.

Trayvon Bromell at the Olympic trials. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Trayon Bromell on the young 100m relay team at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Bromell is not wrong with his observation. He and Ronnie Baker are the ones with experience with Bromell himself heading off to his second Olympics. However, he also makes an admission and reveals his skepticism over the young roster. He gives the example of the 100m relay team that has four sprinters who haven’t raced together before and will be doing so for the first time at the biggest stage. So he reckons this could result in some mishaps, however, these athletes are some of the fastest in American history.

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“It’s like if you look at the men’s side who made the 100-meter finals it’s only two people that been on teams me and Ronnie so it’s like we gonna need some experience for right now since we don’t have relay camps,” he added.

Allyson Felix is already a great inspiration for many of them. And her experience could be vital for some of the sprinters during the tense moments of the Olympics. Bromell obviously doesn’t undermine her but sees that she has passed the baton over to the young brigade. How many medals could Bromell and co win in Tokyo?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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