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Gibbs High grad Trayvon Bromell makes Olympics in 100 meters

EUGENE, Ore. — As soon as Trayvon Bromell gets home from the U.S. track and field Olympic trials, he is off to get his final tattoo: the Olympic rings on his back.

"My whole life, I've wanted this opportunity," the Gibbs High graduate said Sunday after finishing second in the 100-meter final to earn a trip to Rio de Janeiro in August. "Now I'm ready to put it in stone on my body."

Bromell equaled his person-best time of 9.84 seconds to place second to Justin Gatlin, who won in 9.80. Gatlin, Bromell and third-place Marvin Bracy, a former Seminole, will represent the United States.

"These young, talented guys keep pushing me, and I keep pushing them," Gatlin said. The 34-year-old is the oldest in the pool for the 400 relay at Rio. Bromell, the 2015 world 100 bronze medalist, turns 21 on July 10, the last day of the trials, and is one of the youngest in consideration, along with sixth-place Christian Coleman, 20.

Bromell's injury-riddled season — he sprained his left Achilles tendon in May and stopped competing to recover — had cast doubt on whether he could perform when it mattered most. Now, the junior world-record holder in the 100 has made his first Olympic team.

"One thing I read in the Bible, we got faith in God, everything is good," he said. "Everyone who doubted me, you doubted God's power, not me. Always believe."

The big question mark about Rio is whether world-record holder and two-time defending 100 gold medalist Usain Bolt will compete. He dropped out of Jamaica's trials last week saying he had a slight hamstring tear and he had applied for a medical exemption to get a spot on the Olympic team.

"Of course you want the best of the best to step up to the line," said Bromell, who, along with Bolt, is managed by Pace Sports Management.

Bromell also will try to make the Olympic team in the 200. Qualifying starts Thursday.

Though Florida State alum Dentarius Locke set a season personal best of 10.01 in the semifinals to make the 100 final on time, he finished eighth and last in 10.34.

"I was feeling the first race earlier," Locke said.

Locke is in a much better position this season. A year ago he didn't even run in the preliminaries at the national championships due to hamstring issues. He attributed his progress to returning to his college coach, Ken Harnden.

"It feels good to be back with him," Locke said.

More from U.S. trials: Allyson Felix cruised to victory in the 400 final to keep her chances alive for an unprecedented women's 200-400 double in Rio. Felix, struggling with a hurt right ankle, posted the year's best time, 49.68. Felix won gold in the 200 in 2012. … In the men's 400, LaShawn Merritt posted the year's best time, 43.97, to make his third Olympics. … Ashton Eaton, the decathlon world-record holder, will defend his Olympic title after winning the trials. … High jumper Chaunte Lowe made her fourth Olympic team by holding off Vashti Cunningham, 18, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. … Former Gator Marquis Dendy earned a men's long jump spot. … English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie finished 1-2-3 in the women's 100 final for Rio spots. Bartoletta also qualified in the long jump.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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