Jamaica finds true heir to Usain Bolt’s throne, 12-year-old Brianna Lyston

April 5, 2017
| Report Focus News

Jamaica may have another sprinting sensation on their hands, after a 12-year-old female athlete posted a record time at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships over the weekend.

Brianna Lyston left her competitors in her wake to win the 200m race in the Caribbean nation, clocking a time of 23.72 seconds – almost within two seconds of the senior world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics.

Brianna Lyston | Report Focus News

Lyston, who attends St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, finished 0.88 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Oneika McAnnuff to win the 200m final, and she showed she’s not bad at shorter distances either.

Jamaica may have unearthed its next Olympic superstar after a record-breaking sprint from 12-year-old Brianna Lyston.

The qualifying standard for the women’s 200m at the Olympics is 23.20 seconds placing the 12- year-old a mere 0.52 seconds outside the international senior qualifying time.

The runner smashed the Class 4 (under-13) 200-metre record, posting a time of 23.72 in the final of Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday.

Lyston’s speed has already been compared to sprint legend Usain Bolt, who attracted national attention at the same event when he won his first ever medal.

But what is most extraordinary about Lyston is that she is still just 12-years-old.Brianna Lyston | Report Focus News

Her time of 23.72 seconds was almost one second clear of her closest rival. To put that into context, American Florence Griffith-Joyner’s senior-level world record, set at the 1988 Olympic Games, stands at 21.34. Bolt’s 200-metre record is 19.19.

Lyston was equally impressive in the 100-metre final where she won with a race time of 11.86 seconds, 0.20 seconds clear of the runner-up.

Is Lyston the next Bolt? Check out how she speeds away in the 200-metre semi-final race below.


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