Seven-year-old sprint sensation hailed as next Usain Bolt

By Sports Desk February 13, 2019

A 7-year-old social media sensation is already drawing comparisons to Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt after breaking records and leaving rivals stifling in his dust.

Rudolph Ingram, also known as Blaze, has been dubbed as the fastest kid in the world after clocking a speedy 13.48 seconds over 100m.  The mark smashed the previous best of 13.69 set in 2011. 

In two videos posted to his Instagram account, which already has over 300,000 followers, Blaze is seen destroying hapless opposition in no uncertain fashion.  According to his father, Rudolph Ingram Sr, who is an American football coach, Blaze became motivated after watching the Olympics and began training soon after the event.

“Proud To Say My Son Maybe The Fastest 7 Year Old In The World. To The Top Love All Those Hours Of Training Payed Off,” Ingram Sr. tweeted via Instagram.

Despite possessing obvious sprinting talent, however, Ingram is more interested in American football.

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