The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is set to start in July and Cayman’s fastest man Kemar Hyman has already qualified for the games. Hyman trains and resides in Tallahassee, Florida – the home of Florida State University, where he competed as a collegiate athlete – but continued his preparation throughout the Christmas holidays in Cayman.
“Everything just came together last year and right now I’m just trying to coast through onto next year and stay injury free while training hard,” Hyman told the Cayman Compass while training at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. “I think that we will be ready in July. I think we are on a good page for everything and practise and everything. We have been working in the gym. I feel like it’s going to be a great 2020 and I feel like we will see some fast times.”Hyman qualified for his third Olympic games after running 10.02 early last year at the Johnny Loaring Classic, in Canada. The 30-year-old Caymanian sprinter has been running professionally since 2012. He has competed in seven world champonships meets, including the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019 as well as the World Relays and IAAF World Indoor Championships. Hyman says he still has history to write for his track and field career.
“I feel like from 2018, I kind of kicked it off and I think it was mostly mindset. I knew it was going to be a little bit more difficult seeing now that I’m much more older and the standards are getting faster. I had to pull something out of the hat,” said Hyman. “I would never think for this to be my last Olympics because I’m always surprising myself. So who knows, it could be six years from now, but my main goal is to be known amongst the young Caymanians as a legend, Cayman’s fastest man, you know. If they see me anywhere in town they can always come to me and I’ll share my knowledge with them.”
Hyman plans to get his 2020 season kicked off in the next few months. “I’m going to start back running in March with the first meet being the Florida relays,” said Hyman. “I always go there. It’s great to start off with a couple of relays and then start opening up right after that. So, I’ll start in Florida and then I’ll do some of the international meets closer to the Olympics around May, June.”
Hyman also expressed the hope of competing at the Cayman Invitational, a professional track meet normally scheduled for June each year. The event – which combined homegrown talent with top-notch athletes from around the world – was cancelled last year for unknown reasons. It’s a meet that has seen the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. However for Hyman, it’s a meet that brings his biggest fan out just before competing at the World Cup of track and field. “I’m always a part of the Cayman Invitational. It’s a great opportunity for me to represent my country on home soil and it’s one of the biggest moments of my life,” said Hyman. “Shout out to Cydonie for having this event and I’ll continue to support the meet. It’s one of the only times my family can come out and see me actually compete. No matter what place I come in, my main goal is to have the younger generation see a Caymanian representing them on the big stage. However, my intention is to always win, so I will tell the people to watch out because I’m aiming for a Cayman record this year in the 100 because I know I have it in me. Last year proved that to me, so I’m excited.”
The Cayman Compass reached out to the organiser of the Cayman Invitational Cydonie Mothersill on whether the event will take place this year. She did not immediately respond.