Trayvon Bromell bounces back to win 100m before Olympics

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Trayvon Bromell confirmed that he is the Olympic men’s 100m medal favorite, if not the gold-medal favorite, winning at the last Diamond League meet before the Tokyo Games.

Bromell, who owns the world’s fastest time this year of 9.77 seconds, prevailed in 9.98 in Gateshead, Great Britain, on Tuesday.

It marked his first victory outside of the U.S. in five years, which is unsurprising given Bromell’s comeback journey.

He beat a field that included fellow Olympic medal contenders Andre De Grasse of Canada and Fred Kerley, who was third at the U.S. Olympic Trials behind Bromell and Ronnie Baker.

Last Friday, Bromell finished fifth in a 100m in Monaco that included all of the Olympic medal contenders. Baker won in 9.91 with a similar light tailwind as in Gateshead.

Bromell, after what he called “a misstep” off his usually exemplary start, crossed in 10.01 for his first 100m defeat since returning from career-threatening injuries in 2020.

“Shoot, if on probably the worst of worst days for a sprinter, I’m still running 10.01, I can’t be mad at that,” Bromell said on Monday.

Bromell, whose once promising sprint career appeared over after a series of injuries from 2016-19, is the favorite to succeed the retired Usain Bolt as Olympic 100m champion.

In 2014, an 18-year-old Bromell became the youngest man in history to break 10 seconds. By 2016, he was wheeled out of the Rio Olympic 100m final in a chair after finishing last. He went two years between races after Achilles surgeries in 2016 and 2017 and barely raced until summer 2020.

The Diamond League takes its Olympic break before resuming in August. The Prefontaine Classic on Aug. 21 in Eugene, Oregon, will include Sha’Carri Richardson racing the 100m and 200m.

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