High School Phenom Christian Miller Breaks 10-Second Barrier, Sets Junior World Lead
High School Phenom Christian Miller Breaks 10-Second Barrier, Sets Junior World Lead

American schoolboy sprinter Christian Miller, 17, joined the elite sub-10 club on Saturday with a NJR (National Junior Record) and WL (World Leading) time of 9.93 in his 100m win at the Pure Athletics Invitational in Clermont, Florida.

“I feel great, it feels like all the work I put in finally came together,” Miller said post-race in an interview with FitzRoy Dunkley. ALSO READ: Duplantis starts the season with WR as Xiamen Diamond League delivers a promising start

17-Year-Old Sprinter Christian Miller Makes History with 9.93 Second 100m Dash

With a wind reading of (+1.6 m/s), Miller became the first U.S. high school student to legally run under 10 seconds, surpassing Trayvon Bromell’s American U20 mark of 9.97 set in 2014 when he was a Baylor freshman.

Christian Miller is now the third fastest junior ever in the 100m, trailing only the recent prodigious teen talents of Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo (9.91) in 2022 and Surinamese Issam Asinga (9.89) in 2023. ALSO READ: Issam Asinga’s Budapest 23 Hopes Crushed by Suspension

Competing for the St Johns Striders Track Club, the CreekSide High School senior had a brilliant start against a field of professionals, including Olympic veterans Cejhae Greene (10.09) of Antigua and Italy’s Fillipo Tortu (10.20).

Miller showed no timidity after emerging from his drive phase, continuing to accelerate past his closest competitor, Rikkoi Brathwaite (10.03) of the British Virgin Islands, to surpass Nigerian NCAA sprinter Favour Ashe’s mark of 9.96 as the fastest time in the world, of any demographic, so far in 2024.

“It feels great to know at the point I’m at now, I’m not just racing high schoolers, I can race people who are much older and much more developed which means I’m getting to that point as well, so now I’m coming for much more,” said Miller.

Miller, the new NJR holder and reigning World Youth record holder from his 10.08 at the USATF U-20 Championships in 2023, put his string of accomplishments into perspective.

“To run 9.93… it’s a great milestone that I’ve hit, going from fastest high schooler, to fastest U-18 athlete, U-20 athlete and the fastest in the world right now is great and I’m ready to come after more,” Miller said.

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