Keston “Blazing” Bledman is among the contenders for precious metal in the blue ribbon event at the London Games - the men’s 100 metres dash.

Ahead of the 2012 season, Bledman had just one legal sub-10 clocking to his name – the 9.93 seconds run he had produced in Florida, USA in June last year. In less than a month this year, between May 26 and June 23, the Claxton Bay sprinter dived under 10 seconds three more times to take his overall tally to four.

Bledman’s first sub-10 run for 2012 came at the Golden South Classic in Florida, the 24-year-old athlete winning his heat in 9.89 seconds. He opted to skip the final.

And at the National Championships, “Blazing” Bledman scorched the Hasely Crawford Stadium track in 9.86 seconds for a commanding victory. The clocking moved him into joint-second spot, with Ato Boldon, on the all-time Trinidad and Tobago performance list.