This weekend sees the return of the annual Great City games, with some of the world’s top, top athletes doing their stuff around the city centre – including the incredible spectacle that is the mens 100m ‘Deansgate sprint’!
Every year, the road is closed and a special elevated 100m running track gets laid down it. There may not be Usain Bolt this year, but there’s still a stellar line-up of four world-class sprinters who you will also be able to see in action at the Olympics in Rio later this year, and there’s one name that you might not have heard of – yet – but who is destined for greatness: Trayvon Bromwell.
Bromwell is a 20 year old American sprinter who is the only junior sprinter (under 20 years old) ever, in the history of the sport, to have run the 100m in sub-10 seconds. That sounds impressive, but to put that into a bit more perspective, he was two years younger than Usain Bolt was when the Jamaican completed the same feat.
Bromwell has since gone on to take his personal best down to an incredible 9.84 seconds, and he’s still only 20 years old! He recently got a Bronze medal in the World Championships (coming third behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin), but it’s not expected to be long before he takes over Bolt’s mantle to become the fastest person in the world!
And to add to the drama, the mens’ 100m sprint will now be held on Friday evening at around 7pm – check out www.greatcitygames.org/manchester for the latest schedules and results.
The games also see some top British athletes compete in the pole vault, long jump and hurdles – where the irrepressible Tiffany Porter will be hoping to successfully defend her Manchester title again this year.
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