Bromell fires Rio warning with world sprint gold

Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:31am EDT
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By Steve Keating

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - American Trayvon Bromell blazed to gold in the men's 60 meters at the world indoor athletics championships on Friday, firing a warning to Usain Bolt and other Olympic challengers that he will be a real threat at the Rio Games.

With most of sprinting's biggest names, including double Olympic champion Bolt and Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, deciding to bypass the worlds the 20-year-old Bromell clocked a winning time of 6.47 seconds ahead of Jamaican Asafa Powell.

Bromell was reluctant to cast himself as the next American sprint king but clearly he will not be overawed on the biggest stage in Rio.

"I have always had confidence," said Bromell, who announced his arrival on the sprint scene last year tying for the 100m bronze at the outdoor worlds in Beijing.

"At the end of the day if you cut our skin, we all bleed red. Nobody is Superman, nobody is superhuman.

"At the end of the day anybody can win."

Bromell's victory provided a thrilling nightcap to Day Two of the four-day meeting but it was track and field's golden couple, local boy Ashton Eaton and his Canadian wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who were in the spotlight.

The pair, who could become the first married couple to win multi-event golds at the same world championships, spent much of Friday competing at opposite sides of the arena, cheering each other on and comparing notes between events.   Continued...

Trayvon Bromell of the U.S. celebrates with an American flag after winning the gold medal in the men's 60 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson