Meet Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram, a 7-year-old boy who recently set the record of sprinting the 100m in just 13.48 seconds. He became famous six months ago when NBA superstar Lebron James posted a video of the kid outrunning defenders in a football game.
Last summer, he won the 100 and finished second place in the 200 in his age group at the AAU championships. He was won a total of 36 medals including 20 golds in the past two Amateur Athletic Union national championship events.
Blaze started training for track when he was just four years old and his skills don’t stop on the track field. The young athlete also uses his speed on the football field. At just six years old, the kid played running back and safety for the Tampa Ravens in a league for older boys.
“I work hard at practice to set the bar high for my teammates. I want to show them we need to give it all we’ve got. If they don’t know how to do something, I show them how to do it,” Blaze said in an interview with Youth 1 in 2017. “I always tell them ‘You practice how you play.”
The Tampa native explained how his two passions complement each other. “Track increases my speed, body control and running form and the training prepares me for football,” he shared. “Football keeps me active for track and being able to show off my track speed.”