COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Midlands teen Brandon Sanders is being called the fastest 16-year-old in the country. Last month, Sanders won the 100 and 200 meter sprints at the US Youth Olympic Trials. This past weekend, he repeated as state champion in both events.
When Sanders runs, he makes it look easy. He cruised to victory Saturday in the 3A finals of the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
"Everybody says I do that," said Sanders. "It's just I guess the work I put in practice. Just comes to me simply. I don't think it seems easy."
How fast is Sanders? As a 15-year-old, his time in the 200 was comparable to the times turned in by Usain Bolt at the same age. Bolt is currently the world record holder in both the 100 and 200.
"That's a big boost to my confidence, because, you know, he's the fastest man in the world," said Sanders.
This August, Brandon will compete in the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. He'll run the 200; it's his best event and he's ranked number three in the world.
"My dad goes on the website and tells me, 'You're number three in the world.' I was like, 'Really?" Then he showed it to me. I was like, 'Wow I really am.' Teenager. Number three in the world," said Sanders. "It's big."