Trayvon Bromell Determined To Return to the Top After Tokyo Olympics 2020 and Nike Prefontaine Setbacks

Published 08/23/2021, 2:40 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal- OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Trayvon Bromell of the United States after the race REUTERS/Andrew Boyers


Trayvon Bromell failed to complete his comeback story with a happy ending at the Tokyo Olympics this year, crashing out of the semifinals of the 100m sprint race, an event in which he was heavily touted to win Gold. 

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The American had braved multiple injured to become the fastest man and headed to the Olympics as the favorite. However, Bromell just could not find his usual form and after a shaky start in the heats, he lost out completely in the semi-finals with a timing of 10 seconds, losing out on the finals by just 0.001 seconds to second-placed Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal- OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Trayvon Bromell of the United States after the race REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Fast forward to Nike Prefontaine Classic, Bromell was aiming to mount a comeback and reassert his dominion over the race. However, once again, he failed to medal and came fourth, behind Andre de Grasse of Canada and both his American Olympic teammates Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker. 

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Right after the race, Bromell was still determined to get back to the top and immediately decided to resume training. “I like the man I’m becoming, mentally and physically,” he wrote in a tweet. “I come from nothing, so in light of it all, I’ve won at life. Never give up, step on the necks of the odds. Don’t listen to the critics, keep God first. You’re destined for greatness if you believe! You against the world.”

Trayvon Bromell has a long way to go from here

Trayvon Bromell clocked 9.86 seconds in the race and was beaten by Ronnie Baker (9.82 seconds), Fred Kerley (9.78 seconds), and Andre De Grasse (9.74 seconds). Kerley, who won silver in Tokyo, failed to improve on his performance with gold and lost out to De Grasse whom he actually defeated earlier.

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The Canadian, on the other hand, has taken over the 100m event after leaving his mark on the 200m. We have truly seen the best of Andre De Grasse over the past few months and a new world of track without Usain Bolt. 

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Trayvon Bromell will look to return stronger than ever, even though his form has taken a dive. His comeback story has taken another drastic turn but as an athlete, he is prepared for all of it and is determined to win gold.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Oblique Seville of Jamaica, Trayvon Bromell of the United States in action REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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