In an electrifying display of raw speed, Georgia's track and field sensation, Matthew Boling, has taken his remarkable journey to the next level as he formally announces his entry into the professional ranks. Boling, whose meteoric rise to prominence began with a high school performance that went viral, is now poised to etch his name in the annals of sprinting history.
Just over four years ago, Boling captured the world's attention by shattering the elusive 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. His breathtaking wind-aided time of 9.98 seconds set a new standard for American high school athletes, propelling him into the limelight. Social media erupted in praise, and he even graced the screens of CNN. Boling's remarkable achievements culminated in being named the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Player of the Year and earning a nomination for the prestigious ESPY award for Best Record-Breaking Performance (ultimately won by Saints QB Drew Brees).
Despite drawing inevitable comparisons to the legendary Usain Bolt, Boling remains focused on his unique path. "Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter to ever do this," Boling acknowledges. "So I always take [the comparisons] as a compliment. But at the same time, there’s only one Matthew Boling, and that’s who I’m trying to be."
Boling continued his track and field journey at the University of Georgia, where he clinched the 2021 NCAA Indoor 200-Meter Championship, set school records, and even showcased his versatility by anchoring a victorious 4x100 relay for the coaches during a practice. Last spring, he graduated with a degree in marketing, demonstrating his commitment to both athletics and academics.
Boling's Olympic Aspirations and Versatility
Over the summer, Boling's impressive track record earned him a spot on the American squad for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. There, he contributed to two gold medals, competing in the opening round of the men's 4x400 relay and the mixed 4x400 relay, showcasing his remarkable speed and teamwork.
Now, Boling sets his sights on the Paris Olympics next summer, relocating to South Carolina to train under the guidance of coach Alleyne Francique, who recently worked with Tokyo Olympics 100-meter silver medalist Fred Kerley. Boling's potential knows no bounds, as he has demonstrated the capability to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters, run sub-20 in the 200 meters, and approach the 45-second mark in the 400 meters. His versatility extends to long jumping and even trail running, highlighting the extraordinary athlete he is.
As Boling embarks on the next chapter of his journey, he remains committed to making track and field entertaining for fans worldwide. Whether racing down the middle of a street to challenge a speed limit sign or engaging in impromptu scooter races on campus, Boling's charisma and passion for his sport shine through.
With Paris on the horizon and a rigorous training regimen ahead, Boling is ready to give it his all. Embracing this new phase in his journey, he is determined to leave no stone unturned on his quest for Olympic glory. As he aptly puts it, "I’m embracing this next step in my journey. I believe this next step is going to get me to where I want to be." Boling's relentless pursuit of excellence promises a thrilling journey for fans of track and field, both in the United States and around the world.