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As a high school student athlete, this reserved young sprinter allowed his fast, talented feet to speak for him. A big-meet performer, Lee garnered international attention in 2007 when he won the Under-17 sprint double at the Carifta Games, breaking records by Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrell Brown and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m, respectively. He was once referred to as “the future of Jamaica’s male sprinting.”
Lee created Jamaican sprinting history in 2007 when he won the 100m at the IAAF World Youth Championships (WYC) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He is the first Jamaican male in a long and storied history of track to win the 100m at a global meet. But while the 100m is an event known to feature hyperactive and brash individuals, getting a full sentence out of the soft-spoken Lee after his victories is like the proverbial, pulling teeth. Almost all the time, one has to get really close to him to hear what he says. At the 2008 World Junior Championships (WJC) in Poland he was the second youngest in the 100m final line-up and had the fourth fastest time. When the race was over, Lee joined the exclusive club of just three young men who won the WYC and the WJC 100m in back-to-back-years. The others are Britain’s Mark Lewis-Francis (1999 and 2000), Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrell Brown (2001 and 2002), and Harry Aikines-Aryeety (2005 and 2006).
At the 2011 Daegu World Championships, Lee anchored Jamaica’s sprint relay team to second place in the preliminary rounds, qualifying the final team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt to shatter the world record set by Jamaica at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.