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Meet the 7-year-old Tampa athlete being called the next Usain Bolt

Posted: 4:40 PM, Feb 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-12 23:35:57Z
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A 7-year-old Tampa boy is turning heads with his speed.

Rudolph “Blaze the Great” Ingram Jr. has become a verified Instagram star for his sprinting skills. He has more than 300,000 followers.

"How old were you when we started training? Like four? We started training around four,” said Rudolph Ingram Sr.

His father says the athleticism started young. After Blaze watched the Olympics, he woke up the next day ready to train.

"I can give him all the tools to be great, but his drive and work ethic and competitive mentality, it sets the bar so much higher,” he said.

Now, he’s smashed USA Track and field records for his age group — his latest 100 meter dash was finished in just 13.48 seconds. That’s only 3.39 seconds behind the record for sprinters 17-18 years old.

"It feel great, anyways I trained for it,” Blaze said.

Humble yet competitive are words his dad loves to use when he describes him.

"I have seen him lose mid race and just take off and get faster. He does not like to feel like a loser. He wants to win,” said Rudolph Sr.

Bucs players like O.J. Howard and Mike Evans have recognized his talents. Even LeBron James tweeted about his football skills. Some say he’s the next Usain Bolt.

His dream? "To get into the NFL,” Blaze said. But he hasn’t picked a team he wants to play for yet.

His dad says the goal now is to let him be a kid, but help him set the stage for his future.

He watched the Usain Bolt documentary, he has seen a lot of those people's documentaries and he realizes that they were doing the same thing that [he] was doing at that age. So [he] could see where this would lead to,” said Rudolph Sr.

He tells his son anything is possible if you don’t give up.

"This is my baby, I’m overly proud of him. He makes me so proud,” said Rudolph Sr. "I don’t like saying it, but I feel like he’s a one in a million child. I don’t like saying it because he’s my child but I definitely feel like he does great things."