After becoming the first Jamaican junior male sprinter to go sub-10 seconds, Nkrumie Bouwajgie, aged 19, has certainly got most local track and field fans dreaming and imagining what greatness is ahead for the talented youngster. The Kingston College standout athlete lay down his class by sizzling to a breathtaking 9.99 seconds to take the class one 100m title at this year’s edition of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships.
Bouwajgie was also pivotal in KC winning the class one men’s 4x100m final, days ago.
The record breaker, who is currently savouring the moment, took to Instagram to share a few photos with his growing fan base, along with the caption, “comment the ‘s’ word.” Seemingly referring to his unbelievable speed.
Bouwahjgie’s record-breaking run at the National Stadium in Kingston, which saw him cement his name in Jamaica’s and the World Athletics history books, also helped his school to lift the highly coveted Boys Championship title for the 34th time ahead of bitter rivals Jamaica College, winning by some 60 add points to put an end to his fairytale high school career.
In a trackside interview done by the man of the moment, the sprinter confirmed the impact his record-breaking performance had on the entire team by disclosing to reporters, “the mindset was just positivity and motivation, the whole mood of the team was just different from that Wednesday night, the team was ready to go out there and compete.”
Bouwahjhie who was also one of the co-captains for Kingston College, continued to express his love for his school and what this title means to him by stating, ” what better way to leave with the title? I will miss it, but I’m here for all of my boys who are in school now, and I will keep supporting them all the way.”
However, the 19-year-old says he is now focused on making the senior national team for the World Championship slated for later this year and will no doubt be looking to smash his current best in the 100m event in order to reach the podium in Budapest, Hungary.
See Bouwahjhie’s record-breaking run below: