St Jago’s is one of the oldest, continuously operated schools in the Western Hemisphere and is renowned for producing some of Jamaica's top athletes, as well as many of the island’s senior military officers and academics.
Brianna training regime sees her run every day of the week after school and sometimes on a Saturday.
“Brianna wants to be a nurse when she grows up, but she also wants to become a professional athlete,” said Mrs Bennett. “Most of her spare time outside of school is taken up with running. She just loves it.
“She’s been running at this pace since the age of 10 and she looks up to athletes like Usain Bolt.
Following her triumph at the weekend Brianna posted on her Facebook page the latin motto “Labor omnia vincit” (work conquers all). In other words, watch out world, here I come.
Additional reporting by Archie Osmond
How Brianna compares . . .
- Brianna Lyston won the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, Jamaica, 200m final last weekend, with a time of 23.72 seconds.
- She went on to win the 100m Under-13 final with a time of 11.86, just 1.24 seconds off the Women's Olympic Record set in 1998 by Florence Griffith-Joyner, who was then 17 years Brianna’s senior.
- Usain Bolt’s first recorded time in the 200m, at the age of 15, was 21.81 seconds, 1.91 seconds faster than Lyston, he was however 3 years older.
- Eight times Olympic gold medal winner Bolt went on to set World Record times in 100m (9.58s) and 200m (19.19s) at the 2009 World Championships, in Berlin - 2.28 seconds and 4.53 seconds faster than Brianna.