WATCH: This 12 Year-Old Who Runs At 17 Mph Has Set Her Sights On Paris Olympics 2024

Published 10/09/2021, 12:35 PM EDT


This athletics star has already made big plans for her future after starting training at a young age. Winning the hearts of people on the internet with her incredible talent, she is aiming for the moon. Aspiring to compete at the Paris Olympics in 2024, Jaiya Patillo is surely on the right track.

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Patillo is a 12-year-old track athlete who has left her audiences mesmerized. She’s a 9-time nationally ranked Junior Olympian and already has numerous accolades to her name.

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Jaiya Patillo is aiming for Paris Olympics 2024

Jaiya started competing at the young age of 7. Recently, in an interview with Now This, the 12-year-old said, “I like running because it’s something that I’m good at and it’s something that I think is really fun. I feel like it kinda gives you a sense of like freedom and just like moving forward. And that’s something that I really like about it and I really just enjoy it.” 

Her father has been a source of inspiration for Jaiya and her parents have supported in pursuing athletics whole-heartedly.

What made her dream about the Olympics?

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To date, her personal best is 26.34 seconds in 200m. And in 400, she has recorded a timing of 58.78 seconds. Which is stunning for a 12-year-old. Besides track, the young athlete also wants to start playing tennis and draws, sings, and dances like other children of her age.

Patillo also talked about her aim to make it to the 2024 Olympics, she said, “one of my biggest goals, that I say a lot, is that I want to go to the 2024 (Paris) Olympics and I just wanna have a successful career in track. I actually wanna break a world record one day.

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While she does have big dreams for her future, she’s also putting in the graft necessary to reach them. Jaiya trains regularly in the gym and on the track. If she keeps her motivation up and stays dedicated, she’s destined for big things on the track. Hopefully, we’ll see her again in Paris.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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