And 9.77 seconds – the world’s fastest time this year – could end Trayvon Bromell’s US sprint drought, which goes back to Justin Gatlin’s 2004 victory.
Bromell will be aiming for Olympic glory in 2016 after battling injuries, including tearing his Achilles tendon, during the 4x100m relay in Rio.
During the US Olympic Trials last month, she wrote “God is real” on her race bib, making it clear that her faith has led her through dark times.
Bromell, who stands 5ft 8 tall, won the trials in his 9.80s to earn his place in Tokyo.
“All my life, I’ve always wondered why I didn’t have it like everyone else. Why didn’t I have the money?” He wrote on Instagram after his victory.
“Why couldn’t I have my mom and dad under one roof? Why do I have to watch my mom fight to get what I need… I’ve always wanted to help people, but never knew how! I’m from the south side of St. Pete Fl. Where life is hard, and there is no room for dreams.”
The 26-year-old grew up in Florida, where he was a prodigious high school talent, in St. Petersburg, winning the state’s Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2013.
It was in 2013 that Bromel became the first high school student to break the 10-second mark in the 100 meters, 9.99 seconds in the air and high in New Mexico.
He went to Baylor University in Texas, where he won the NCAA 100-meter championship as a freshman in 2014 with a world junior record of 9.97s.
The following year he won the 200m indoor championship with the second-fastest time in NCAA history and turned professional.
His preparation for Rio 2016 was marred by pain and after qualifying for the Games, he finished eighth and last in the 100m final.
He had surgery after a Riley injury, but still didn’t feel right and was forced to go under the knife for a second time, missing the entire 2018 season.
He finally made it back on track in 2019, but then suffered a joint muscle injury in his upper leg.
Now he has his eye on Tokyo and wants people to learn from his struggle to reach his goals.
“I want to team up because I want to speak about faith,” Bromell said. “I want to help save lives. There are so many people here who are facing mental disorders and don’t understand what to do next.
“I want to be an icon and a ship showing to keep fighting, even when the world counts you down.”
Off the track, Bromel also has a passion for photography.
“It’s something that I love, creating stories through images of people and I love fashion. So it’s helped me a lot to express that creativity,” he explained Track and field news.