Brianna Lyston– Jamaica has discovered another track talent that may be wearing Usain Bolt’s shoes in the future.
12 year-old Brianna Lyston shocked everyone who was present at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships. She emerged the winner in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events.
With a time of 23.72 seconds, she won Jamaica’s 200 metre race final; followed by Tina Clayton at 25.24 and Alex James at 25.31.
She also won the 100 metre Under-13 finals with a time of 11.86.
Brianna has set a brand new record of being the first in the history of the competitions to run a sub-24-second time at the Championship.
In other words, the 12-year old has broken a 1988 record in the senior women’s 200 metre world record with a little above 2 seconds.
Still in the business of breaking records, Lyston has surpassed the development curve set by Jamaica’s multi-Olympic medalist, Bolt, in the early days of his running career.
Brianna Lyston is said to have displayed excellent traits in athletics at a much younger age.
Bolt on his part displayed a similar trait. When he was the same age as Brianna, he became the fastest 100-metre runner at his school, Waldensia Primary
Toya Bennett, Brianna’s mother, says her daughter works very hard for her success. The proud mother believes these efforts are finally paying off.
“I’m so proud of her. It was just fantastic to watch. She always trains very hard and when she came off the track she just felt great.”
Confident in her own capabilities, the teenager says she trusts that her speed will earn her a spot at the semi-finals
“I think I can go much faster, I am looking for 23.80 seconds. My coach told me to go out and make the semi-finals and I plan to run hard in every race,”
It is not in doubt if Brianna’s future on the tracks is bright. Jamaica foresees her greatness in future international competitions.
Her victory last weekend at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship says it all.
According to Telegraph, Usain Bolt’s first recorded time in the 200m, at the age of 15, was 21.81 seconds, 1.91 seconds faster than Lyston, he was however 3 years older.
Joining many people who are commending the speed and tenacity of this 12-year old, Jamaica’s education minister Floyd Green says Brianna is an exceptional talent.
“Brianna Lyston, Class 4 runner from St. Jago is exceptional! Feel like we going to be calling her name for years to come.”
More of the Jamaican young runner will definitely be seen in track sports, nevertheless, her mum says she intends to be a nurse as well.
“Brianna wants to be a nurse when she grows up, but she also wants to become a professional athlete,”
“Most of her spare time outside of school is taken up with running. She just loves it.”
“She’s been running at this pace since the age of 10 and she looks up to athletes like Usain Bolt.”
Till further notice Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest professional runner. As he plans to kiss the tracks goodbye after the next Olympics, Jamaica hopes that in due time, Brianna could be the next track sensation in international sports.