Brianna Gayle of Scarborough glances over at the time as she finishes first in the Girls' 100-metre event at the Toronto International Track and Field Games in Toronto on Wednesday.
Nine-year-old sprinter Brianna Gayle of Scarborough has an unhealthy pre-race habit: She stuffs herself with Sweet Chili Heat Doritos.
But even with a belly full of chips, which she calls her “lucky charm,” Gayle can fly. The pre-teen smoked her five opponents in the Toronto Star 100-metre Fastest Girl competition at the Toronto International Track and Field Games on Wednesday with a blazingly fast time of 13.94, .28 seconds faster than second-place Sydney Clayford of Milton.
By comparison, Gayle’s idol Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica ran the 100-metre sprint in 10.82 in June.
Gayle, who attends Macklin Public School, said Wednesday’s time wasn’t even her fastest. She’s already clocked 13.87. Her ultimate goal is to run for Canada in the Olympics.
Then, if I win, I’ll be the fastest woman, she said, quietly.
In the fastest boy race, Oakville’s Ibrahim Ayorinde, who won gold at the Hershey’s Track and Field North American finals last year as a 10-year-old, took first place Wednesday in a spectacularly tight finish with Nasiir Willabus-Stephen of Ajax.
Ayorinde won with a time of 13.24, .01 seconds better than Willabus-Stephen.