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Is Oblique Seville the next Usain Bolt, or is that comparison too much pressure on him?

Oblique Seville emerged as one of the prominent Jamaican track and field sprinters after his cutting-edge performance at Racer Grand Prix, 2019. The 23-year-old athlete basked in success after defeating the Diamond League Supreme, Noah Lyles while clocking his personal best of 9.82 seconds in 100 m. His recent performances include astounding finishes on the 200 m track 20.17 s in March, at Jamaica, and 19.96 s in May at Atlanta. The young Jamaican athlete is looked upon as a beacon of hope, who will probably re-establish ‘Jamaican dominance’ in the track world after the legendary ‘Lightning Bolt.’ 

Whereas on one side the legacy left by the legendary Usain Bolt has been unsurpassed so far, the legend himself believes that Oblique has been ‘keeping it alive,’ as he quotes. As Seville heads to perform bigger achievements in the domain, the audience will be keen to know who has been the rock-solid support of the Jamaican athlete. Who are his parents? Let’s dive deeper and learn more.

Meet Juliet Seville and Gerald Seville, parents of the 2023 Budapest Bronze Medalist Oblique Seville

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Oblique was born on March 16th, 2001, to father Gerald Seville and mother Juliet Seville. Little Seville has two older siblings and, as Juliet mentions, she was 39 when she conceived Oblique. Father Gerald was his biggest support over the years, yet in 2018, an unfortunate event was witnessed by the Seville family when they lost their backbone, their father. The emergent athlete was shattered to his core; he knew his father would no longer be there to witness him becoming a ‘world-class sprinter,’ as Oblique had promised him. After this mishap, the young Jamaican athlete pulled himself together and competed in the 2019 CARIFTA Games in George Town and conquered the gold!

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What do you think is the biggest influence on Oblique Seville's sprinting career?

His parents

Jamaican sprinting culture

Personal determination

Coaching staff

 Oblique Seville’s mother, Juliet Seville, remembers being pregnant with Oblique as “there was something different about Oblique. Unlike his other siblings, he appeared to be constantly running in her womb.” The proud mother is seen donning a look of happiness, and a broad smile while she talks about her little ‘baby.’ What were his parents’ role in grooming him though? Let’s delve into them.

How much did Oblique’s parents inspire him to pursue a track and field career?

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Oblique Seville’s exuding charm on the track has made him one of the potential Jamaican candidates who, in future times, is anticipated to take Usain Bolt’s legacy forward. Juliet remembers Oblique’s fondness for running at a nascent age itself. She even mentioned that Seville felt like running even inside her womb. Juliet Seville, on various occasions, has mentioned how Father Seville would take a stand for him, love and support him, and take him everywhere he wanted. Oblique’s father was his mentor, she said. 

 Juliet revealed that whenever Oblique participates, they pray for his growth and success. Talking about her faith in God she said, “Prayers are behind him.” “When the time come for running, we have fasting for him at church. Every member have a day of fasting for him. We put him before the throne of God because only prayer can change things.” Seville’s parents have been through hardships to make ends meet, which is probably reflected in Oblique’s consistently better gameplay.