Fearless Bromell primed for World Indoors
When Trayvon Bromell was 10, he used to race kids on the street near his home in St Petersburg, Florida, and he rarely lost.
A decade on, little has changed in that sense; the kid has grown up to become one of the fastest men on the planet, having lowered his personal best to 9.84 last year and tied for third in the 100m at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships Beijing 2015.
It's understandable that the 20-year-old is not short on confidence.
"I've never feared anyone," said Bromell, who is deeply religious and prays twice a day. "When I've got God on my side, I fear no man."
Bromell will be one of the star attractions at this weekend's US Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, where he hopes to book his place on the US team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, which will also be held at the same venue from March 17-20.
Two years ago, Bromell won silver over 100m at the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014, so knows how it feels to take on the world on home turf.
"I love running up there," he said. "The fans always come out with a lot of love, so I hope I can go to World Indoors and do something great."
In Beijing last year, Bromell actually led Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin halfway through the 100m final, so he knows if he can fit the final piece of the puzzle by the summer, he can be a genuine threat at the Olympic Games.
"I've never been worried about anybody, never been scared of anybody," he said. "Who have I to fear?"