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Ex-Gibbs star Trayvon Bromell wins 100 meters for spot at Tokyo Games

The pre-race favorite is finally healthy again after dealing with a heel injury for several seasons.
Trayvon Bromell wins the men's 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Trayvon Bromell wins the men's 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday in Eugene, Ore. [ ASHLEY LANDIS | AP ]
Published Jun. 21
Updated Jun. 21

EUGENE, Ore. — Race favorite Trayvon Bromell won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in the second-fastest time in the world this year to earn a spot at the Tokyo Games on Sunday night.

Bromell, a former Gibbs High School standout from St. Petersburg, won in 9.80 seconds. He also has the fastest time in the world this year, 9.77 seconds.

When asked for his reaction after the race in an NBC on-track interview, Bromell said, “God is real. That’s my only answer,” while holding up for the camera a piece of paper with “God is real” written on it.

Ronnie Baker was second in 9.85, and Fred Kerley took third in 9.86. Kerley recently decided to skip the 400 to concentrate on the 100 and 200.

Noah Lyles, the 200 world champion, wound up seventh and 39-year-old Justin Gatlin, a former Olympic and world 100 champion, pulled up lame about halfway through the race and finished last.

Bromell is finally healthy again after dealing with a heel injury for several seasons. He was on the 2016 Olympic team, but injuries affected his performance. He finished last in the 100 final.