USA 100m Favorite Trayvon Bromell Ready to Break Injury Curse Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 8:37 AM EDT
Track & Field: 2016 Summer Olympics: USA Trayvon Bromell in action during Men’s 100M Round 1 at the Olympic Stadium. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/13/2016 CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: SI50 TK1 )


Trayvon Bromell has battled setback after setback to make his way into what will be his second Olympic Games in Tokyo, qualifying for the men’s 100m event for the USA. He has battled to odds to establish his presence in one of the most competitive races in the game. 

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Once on the hot track for a successful career as a sprinter, injuries ruined his run for most of his active time from 2015-2020. Hamstring pulls saw him out of action and loses out to the competition. 

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At the Rio Olympics in 2016, he was even stretchered out due to an injury, a tragic moment that many believed would be the swan song of his career. However, Bromell pushed his way back and is now once more the favorite to win Olympic Gold in Tokyo. 

“Achilles surgeries and 5 years later. Remember, it may not be the journey you want but I promise it’s the one you need,” Bromell tweeted. “All in God’s timing.”

Trayvon Bromell suffered a huge loss earlier this month

Fans were disappointed with the sprinter’s failure to secure even a podium finish in his race in Monaco earlier this month. He lost out to Olympic media contenders such as Andre De Grasse (CAN), and fellow American teammates Ronnie Baker. 

His fifth-place finish dampened expectations of an Olympic gold medal, but that’s when he made another spirited comeback. In the Diamond League race held at Gateshead, Great Britain, he secured first place at 9.98 seconds, defeating the Olympic contenders. 

“I’ll take the race. I’m just happy to cross the line with no injuries,” he was quoted saying by NBC Sports. “Just trying to tune up and get ready for Tokyo.”

USA’s Trayvon Bromell competes in the Men’s 100m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The USA sprinter is ahead of the competition

Trayvon Bromell registered the fastest time this year so far at 9.77 seconds. He faces huge competition from teammates Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker. At the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, he beat them both at 9.80 seconds, compared to Baker’s personal best of 9.85, and Kerley’s 9.86. 

Jun 20, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Trayvon Bromell (center) defeats Micah Williams (left) and Fred Kerley to win the 100m in 9.80 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

He also faces competition from Andre De Grasse of Canada, whose previous rivals Usain Bolt (JAM), Justin Gatlin (USA), and Christian Coleman (USA) won’t be at the Tokyo Olympics. 

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Bromell himself has a chance to make his way to the top. The once favorite Justin Gatlin pulled up short in the semi-finals of the trials due to a hamstring injury, pushing him out of Tokyo. Reigning 100m World Champion Christian Coleman is also out serving a ban from the competition. 

Tokyo is his one shot at reviving an injury-plagued career and by the looks of it, he may just bag that 100m gold and succeed Usain Bolt as the fastest man on earth.

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