Trayvon Bromell’s return from career-threatening injuries saw a major boost on Sunday, June 20 having ran 9.80 seconds to win the men’s 100m at the US Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon ahead of Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley.
Bromell, 25, was wheeled off the track at the Rio Olympics and has undergone Achilles surgeries, but he triumphed in the American Olympic trials where few big-name athletes failed to make their mark.
Bromell’s performance earned him qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking in an interview, the 25-year-old sprinter said he is a spiritual runner and that he run for Christ:
“It’s a marvellous feeling,” said Bromell.
“Everybody who knows me knows that I’m a spiritual runner. I run for God. I run for Christ.
“He tells us in scripture when things like this happen, ‘You won’t be surprised,’ so when I won, I was happy.”
Ronnie Baker finished second in 9.85 seconds to also punch his ticket to Tokyo, while Fred Kerley finished third, just one-hundredth of a second behind Baker.
Meanwhile, two of the biggest names in the field, Noah Lyles and Justin Gatlin, finished a surprisingly seventh and eighth.
Gatlin, who owns five Olympic medals, said afterward that he picked up a hamstring injury in his semifinal heat. He tried to run with it but came up lame down the stretch.
Lyles, the reigning world champion at 200 meters, attributed his performance to a slow start.