This summer the IAAF World Youth Championships were held in Cali, Colombia. Amongst the numerous athletes was a young man named Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, who is a 16 year old high school student from Tokyo. Having just recently turned 16, and entering his first big international contest, has put him in the spotlight. Winning both the 100m and 200m at the championships has now propelled him into stardom. His time for the 200m race (you can watch it at the link below) broke Usain Bolt’s Championship Record and was the 2nd fastest time ever for a youth (Bolt still holds the World Record). Considering that no one has come close in the 12 years between Bolt setting his records and Sani Brown’s races this summer, it is fairly safe to say that Sani Brown is the new face of sprinting. Also considering that Sani Brown is a year younger now than Bolt was when he set his records, it is clear that Sani Brown still has a lot of time to develop and become even faster. With the 2020 Olympics coming to Tokyo, the next 5 years should be a very exciting time in the world of track & field. When will we get to see these two racing each other?
There is also a really great article about Sani Brown on the IAAF website: