Rondel Sorrillo has a unique place in Olympic history.
He is the only athlete with a victory over Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the 2008 Games, in Beijing, China. In round one of the men’s 200 metres, the T&T sprinter got to the line ahead of a trotting Bolt, the man who went on to complete the men’s sprint double, winning both events in world record time.
Sorrillo, who has a dream of beating Bolt when the double Olympic champion is “giving everything he’s got”, enjoyed a breakout season in 2011. He clocked a personal best 20.16 seconds to capture the national 200 metres title.
And then, at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the La Brea sprinter finished seventh in the half-lap final.
But those who considered Sorrillo a 200 metres specialist got a rude awakening at the 2012 National Championships, in Port of Spain. Ahead of the meet, Sorrillo’s personal best in the century was 10.17 seconds. He improved to 10.11 in the semi-final round. And in the final, the US-based athlete took another big chunk off his PR (personal record), getting to the line in 10.03 seconds to bag bronze.