by IOC Young Reporter Alan Harris, Barbados
It seems like Jamaica has yet another quality sprinter in the making, doesn’t it? Fifteen year-old Odean Skeen shot straight to international prominence on Saturday after winning gold in the boys’ 100-metre sprint.
It was a moment he had been dreaming of since he was six. “I have put in 110 per cent effort and now ...I’m number one,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming about this from the time I was six years-old growing up in St Catherine.” The reigning CARIFTA under-17 sprint champion clocked a personal-best of 10.42 seconds to finish ahead of Japan’s Masaki Nashimoto (10.51) and Britain’s David Bolarinwa(10.51). The softly spoken teen said he had no problem being compared to Jamaican sprint superstars Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell: “I don’t feel any pressure. I just trust in God and my training. Every race, I want to go out there and do my best.”