BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kemar Hyman came to King College, now King University, in 2008 from the Cayman Islands, not knowing where the next eight years of his life would take him. He ran track for the Tornado for two years before moving onto Florida State University. Following his graduation he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and he is set to compete in the Olympics again on Saturday in Rio.
Hyman will be competing for his native Cayman Islands in the 100 meter dash on Saturday. In 2012, Hyman advanced through the preliminary heats before an abdominal injury cut his competition short, and he hopes to advance farther this time around.
"I'm in great shape and I'm looking forward to a successful 2016 Olympics," Hyman said.
In his professional career, Hyman has continued to lower his times, posting is career best 100 meter dash time of 9.95 in Madrid, Spain in 2012. His fastest time this year came again in Madrid where he posted a time of 10.16 seconds on June 23.
"The first time I was younger, I was inexperienced, and now I'm more experienced having been a professional athlete," state Hyman. "My first professional season was 2013 and being on the circuit with some of the guys and learning how to run races as well as being mentally strong taught me a lot. Now coming to these games it prepared me. I'm more mature now mentally."
While at King, Hyman ran for coach Johnny Bomar, who is now the head coach at Wofford College. In just two years wearing the scarlet and navy, Hyman was a seven-time NAIA All-American and set school records in six different events. In the indoor season he set school records in the 55 meter dash (6.34 seconds), 60 meter dash (6.71 seconds) and 200 meter dash (21.40 seconds) and during the outdoor season he set records in the 100 meter dash (10.26 seconds) and 200 meter dash (20.81 seconds) and helped the 4x100 meter relay team set a school record of 40.50 seconds.
At the conclusion of his freshman season, he finished second at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships with a 200 meter dash time of 21.49 seconds while helping the 4x100 meter relay team take third with a time of 41.16 seconds.
The following year he finished third in the 60 meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. In the outdoor season he finished second in the 100 meter dash while helping the 4x100 meter relay team take fourth.
"Kemar was a good teammate, he cheered everyone else on the team on," former teammate and current King head coach Amanda Williamson said. "It was a joy to watch him run, and I hope he runs a good race on Saturday."
For the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Hyman is one of five athletes that will be competing for the Cayman Islands, and one of two track athletes for the country. He begins his competition on August 13 with the preliminary heats of the 100 meter dash.