American sprinter Trayvon Bromell believes he has all the qualities to become the next Usain Bolt.
He had run under 10-seconds with legal wind-reading seven times, while Bolt, 29, has done it 47 times in his career thus far.
Bromell, the first junior to run under-10 seconds for the 100m after running a world junior best of 9.97 in Eugene, Oregon, a little under two-years-ago – has been slowly making a name for himself, and the 20-year-old thinks he’s talented enough to be converted into one of the greats.
The World Championships bronze medallist from Beijing 2015, has a personal best of 9.84 secs, which is the 10th fastest on the world all-time behind Bolt’s world record of 9.58.
He is also the fourth fastest-ever American.
As he prepares for the Olympic Games in Rio, later this summer, Bromell noted that his ultimate gold is to follow the same path as Bolt, which is why he sees no harm with being compared to the Jamaican legend.
“It’s cool to hear people saying that because they actually see the talent that I have,” Bromell was quoted as telling Mancunian Matters.
“They’re acknowledging that I am a fast runner and that makes me feel good, even though I am not him physically, they are saying I could be just as great as him.
“It shows they are looking at me and I’m not just another number out there running.”
Bromell completed a very fruitful season in 2016 with a bronze medal in the men’s 100m final behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin of USA.
He started this season extremely positive as well, after beating Asafa Powell to the gold medal in the men’s 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Portland 2016.
The former Baylor University NCAA standout is expected to face very stiff competition for a place on the USA team to Rio at the trials in July, with the likes of Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Mike Rodgers, among others, all gunning for a place on the traveling squad to Brazil.