Caymanian sprinter Kemar Hyman competed in his third Olympic Games Saturday, 31 July, where he finished seventh with a time of 10.41 seconds in his 100-metre heat.
However, in an interview with the Cayman Compass after his race, Hyman stated he was unwell during his performance at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.
“About two days ago, I was diagnosed with bronchitis,” Hyman told the Compass. “I still do have it. I couldn’t breathe…I couldn’t train well, I’m still on antibiotics right now and an inhaler. I didn’t want to say it but I think I should be a little transparent.”
Hyman, 31, who holds Cayman’s national record for the 100m with a time of 9.95 seconds, said while he didn’t perform to the best of his ability, he is still humbled to have competed on the world stage.
“I am happy and grateful that I am a three-time Olympian but it’s just not the way I thought it would be,” he said. “You don’t get many chances like this…it’s just very, very unfortunate this time but I’m not going to beat myself up about it anymore because it’s gone and can’t do anything about it.”
While Hyman has hinted at retirement in the past, he said his sights are fixed on a final run towards the 2024 Summer Olympics.
“The next Olympics will be Paris, and that may be my last Olympics,” he said. Hyman leaves Tokyo on Monday, 2 Aug., and is expected return to his residence in Tallahassee, Florida.
Next up for the Cayman Islands Olympic team will be Shalysa Wray, who will compete in the women’s 400m, which is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday, 3 Aug.