Oblique Seville: 3 interesting things to know about Jamaican wunderkind turning heads

Oblique Seville: 3 interesting things to know about Jamaican wunderkind turning heads

Abigael Wafula 13:30 - 14.06.2024

Oblique Seville has caught the attention of many following his recent track exploits and here is a lit of three things you probably didn't know about him.

Jamaican wunderkind Oblique Seville has been the talk of town, following his explosive run that saw him silence triple world champion Noah Lyles at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica.

Lyles finished second at the event, clocking 9.85 to ross the finish line behind the Olympic finalist who clocked a world leading time and personal best time of 9.82. The Jamaican has now been a point of interest for many who would like to know more about him.

Seville, 23, started his career a while back and has slowly risen through the ranks, to become one of Jamaica’s greatest sprinter since world record holder Usain Bolt’s retirement.

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1) Started his career at 14

Seville did not start his career recently following the statistics from World Athletics which show that he started his professional career in 2016 January, just before he turned 15 in March.

His first competition was the Manchester Under-16 event, where he competed in the 200m and managed to finish sixth in the race. He won his first race as a professional athlete at the 2017 Manchester JAAA/PUMA Kirkvine Development Meet, Manchester in the 200m.

He made his senior national team debut at the delayed 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games and has always made sure to appear in the finals of the 100m since then. He was a finalist at the World Championships in Eugene and the World Championships in Budapest.

2) Usain Bolt’s heir

Seville has on many occasions been labelled as one of the stars to replace Bolt and bring back Jamaica to the top of sprinting.

The fastest man alive has from time to time endorsed the Jamaican wunderkind and during an interview with Red Stripe’s ‘Guh Fi Gold and Glory’ campaign launch, Bolt was proud to mention that Seville is the one who has provided some hope that Jamaican sprinting was still alive and kicking.

“I think these athletes represent our chances, but it is all about execution. I think over the past years, it (Jamaica’s male sprinting) has been struggling, but I do think that Oblique has been keeping it alive.

“He has made all the finals so far; it is just for him to now get in the top three. And I think it's just consistency. I think the one thing with Oblique is that he always gets injured, but hopefully, he can be consistent this season and stay on the right path and he'll be fine,” Bolt said, according to Sportsmax.

3) Training under Bolt’s coach

In continuing Bolt’s legacy, Seville is also training under the Jamaican legend’s coach, Glen Mills. The veteran tactician believes Seville is on the right track and explained that what cost him a medal on the global stage is inexperience.

As they head to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Mills believes his charges are capable of doing better. “I am pleased with his development. I am pleased that he is developing in the way that I am working towards.

“He is getting stronger, we continue to work on technique, but in terms of where he is, I am quite pleased with his development so far," he said.