St. Petersburg, Florida native and Gibbs High School graduate Trayvon Bromell is leading the US men's 100 meter dash qualifiers into the Tokyo Olympics after running away from the finals field in the Olympic Trials on Sunday at Hayward Field with a speedy 9.80 clocking.
The 25-year-old professional sprinter sponsored by New Balance qualified for his second straight Olympic Games after making it all the way to the finals of 2016 Rio Games, where he placed 8th in the finals despite an injury setback in that summer.
Earlier this season, Bromell ran a World leading time of 9.77 in Miramar on June 5th to position himself well as one of the favorites to qualify and potentially win out of a very deep group of American sprinters in the men's 100 field at the Olympic Trials.
After running very relaxed and fast thru the qualifying rounds, Bromell had a solid start in the finals and was able to create separation from the World class field of Olympic hopefuls to finish ahead of Ronnie Baker (2nd, 9.85) and Fred Kerley (3rd, 9.86) both running personal bests to grab the next two spots on the Olympic team.
Meanwhile, past champion and Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin (8th place) as well as the 200 meter dash Trials favorite Noah Lyles (7th) finished further back in the finals field.
Any American who makes the Olympic team historically in the 100 meter dash instantly becomes an Olympic top three medal favorite, which Bromell certainly has to be having gold medal aspirations in Tokyo.
The Americans currently have the top 8 times in the World in the event with the next fastest non-American being South Africa's Tlotliso Gift Leotlela with a 9.94 season best, so a 1-2-3 American sweep could be in the cards as well in Tokyo led by Florida native Bromell.