Anyone who follows athletics will know that the men’s sprinting world is in pretty healthy condition at the moment. Many exceptional talents are competing for the sport’s top honors. Indeed, what’s so exciting about this long list of talented sprinters is that the majority have yet to hit peak form, which means we could see some broken records in the not-too-distant future. One such talent is Trayvon Bromell, the American sprinter who’s been around for a while and already put in big performances. While his form has been somewhat inconsistent, and there are plenty of rival sprinters around him, there will be people looking at using a betting offer to back the Florida native to pick up the gold medal at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. It would mark the finest moment of a career that has promised a lot, yet so far, failed to truly deliver when it matters.
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at everything you need to know about Trayvon Bromell, including his history, his setbacks, and what his future might bring.
He Made An Explosive Start
If anyone has come out of the gates eager to make an impression, it’s Trayvon Bromell. The Florida sprinter put in an incredible performance at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships when he was just fifteen, producing a PB 100 meter time of 9.84, which, incredibly, put him in 10th position on the list of fastest runners ever. This was followed by a bronze finish at the World Championships in Beijing. After these two performances, it was predicted that Bromell would make the leap forward and become the leading sprinter in the US team.
But Failed to Make the Leap
Alas, things didn’t go quite as Bromell or his team had hoped. While he did take part in the 2016 Olympics, the tournament ended painfully (literally) for Bromell, who suffered an injury in the men’s 4×100 relay. The pain of the injury was compounded by disqualification for the US team after it was found that they committed an improper exchange during the relay. Bromell also failed to make a mark in the men’s 100-meter race, where, although he did make it to the final, he ended up finishing in last place with a disappointing race time of 10.06.
Injuries Have Held Him Back
At this stage of his young career, it was clear that Bromell had all the talent required to become an Olympic medalist, but there were (rightly) questions asked about his physical conditioning. The injury the sprinter sustained during the Rio Olympics affected his Achilles, which is a famously difficult injury for runners to recover from. And while this was the most major injury that he had to overcome, it wasn’t the only one — the sprinter has been dealing with niggling and physical gripes since his mid-teens. However, Bromell did have one ace up his sleeve that prevented these injuries from derailing his career. He was determined to win.
After his injury and subsequent recovery, Bromell’s form began to dip. He no longer possessed the explosive start that had defined his early career, and it showed in his race times. Between 2017 and 2020, the sprinter’s best times were often on the wrong side of the 10-second mark, which will not win many medals in professional sprinting.
But in 2020, his form began to change. Bromell’s best time in 2020 was 9.90, which was then followed by a best time of 9.76 in 2021. With that time, you’re getting within touching distance of a gold medal.
Today, Bromell has his eyes on the 2024 Olympics in Paris. This could be his last chance to win a gold medal, and he’s determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. Of course, he’ll have to overcome the threat of teammate Fred Kerley, who is favorite for the gold. But if there’s one thing Bromell has shown, it’s that you should never rule him out.