Hyman is London bound

 

The Cayman Islands has its fifth qualifier for the London Olympics, sprinter Kemar Hyman.  

He joins swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser and track speedsters Cydonie Mothersill and Ronald Forbes for the Games in July.  

Running at the Florida Relays for Florida State University, Hyman clocked 10.14 seconds in the 100 metres to finish second to Jeff Demps. 

Hyman came into the meet with a nation-leading, but wind-aided time of 10.01secs. The Seminole senior was in a virtual dead-heat with 15 metres to go before he was nipped by three hundredths of a second by Demps.  

Still, it was hard for Hyman – whose previous personal-best was 10.26secs – to be disappointed.  

“I felt like my transition was good,” Hyman said. “I really got out of the blocks. Overall I really thought my race was good. There are a couple things we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and fix with coach, but overall I did a personal record, qualified for the Olympics and have the national record for the Cayman Islands. It feels good.”  

Hyman, 22, posted the third-fastest legal time in the world this year and in the process, equalled the 13-year-old Cayman Islands national record, held by Kareem Streete-Thompson. Even more importantly, he punched his ticket for a trip to the London Games, eclipsing the 10.18secs Olympic A-standard.  

Kemar beach training

Kemar Hyman is the fifth Caymanian to qualify for the London Olympics. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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