When it comes to major international meets, Cayman Islands sprinter Kemar Hyman hasn’t exactly had a sterling track record.
“I try to (sic) look at my mistakes and make it correct,” Hyman said at a recent Cayman Islands Olympic Committee sendoff.
At the 2012 London Olympics, he had to pull out of the semifinals with an abdomen injury. In 2013, he was out with a false start at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships and in 2014 he missed the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a leg injury.
“What happened in 2012 with the injury I can’t help,” Hyman said. “I can’t help an injury coming. Definitely the false starts, the things I can help, I will definitely try to go inside there and not make it happen.”
He’s spent running professionally in the four years since his last Olympic Games. He says he’s grown a lot as a professional athlete in that time.
“For sure I do think so,” Hyman said. “I’ve grown into the sport. I definitely am excited, but four years ago I was more excited. It’s a different feeling. This year, still the same, but I feel like I can handle myself this time.”
He expects that experience and confidence to pay dividends in Rio de Janeiro, where he’ll run the men’s 100-meter dash starting on 13 August.
“Stay patient,” Hyman said of what he’s learned. “Especially in my race. Not to worry about anything around me. Not treat it as something major — which it is something major — but my coach told me just to treat it as any other meet you would run and when you do that, you’ll run fast.”
According to the IAAF website, Hyman’s best performance this year in the 100 is 10.12 seconds.
“I’ve been training the whole year for this particular moment so there should be no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and perform at my best,” he said.
Hyman’s name is all over the Cayman Islands athletics record books.
Outdoor, he owns the country’s 100 (9.95 seconds) and 200 (20.71 seconds) records and is part of Cayman’s record-holding 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400-metre teams.
Indoor, he and Kareem Streete-Thompson own Cayman’s 60-metre record (6.56 seconds) and Hyman owns the 200-metre mark as well.
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