COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Every four years, when the Olympics rolls around, track takes center stage. Of course, getting to the summer games takes getting an early start.
Isaiah Bond of Fortson is not only off to that early start, he's sprinting ahead of the competition.
Most 8-year olds are playing video games, but Bond has other priorities. The third-grader at New Mountain Hill Elementary school literally jetted past the competition last weekend at the USA track and field Junior Olympics in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Bond won three gold medals and put the best times in the nation in the 200 and the long jump. And enjoyed the whole experience.
"It felt great," Xavier said. "My favorite part was showing it to my brother, mom, and dad."
West Georgia Jets head coach Marcus McGinty had nothing but praise for his young phenom.
"Isaiah is a special kid," said McGinty. "He's a ball full of energy, which for this sport is awesome."
"He's very competitive," his mother Penny Bond said. "He trains well and he has extreme focus for an 8 year old."
Isaiah said he focuses on four main points before he races.
"Get a good start, drive out, keep your form, and finish the race hard."