Jamaica is witnessing the rise of another sprinting legend. Twelve-year-old Brianna Lyston has to be seen to be believed. This is footage of her 200-meter race at the Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston.
A jamaicana Brianna Lyston, já conhecida como Lightning Lyston, aos 12 anos está a 2 segundos de bater o recorde mundial nos 200m! pic.twitter.com/beKGEi787a— SporTV (@SporTV) April 3, 2017
Lyston smashed the meet record by over half a second, and left her competitors completely in the dust.
As Sporting News points out, this race was stunningly close to being the fastest time ever. Lyston finished in 23.47 seconds, and the world record is 21.34, set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics. Yes, two seconds is an eternity in sprinting — but Brianna Lyston is 12-freakin’-years-old.
It’s going to be so fun to see her in the Olympics one day.