“I See Him as a Big Brother” – Fred Kerley Names Usain Bolt as an Inspiration

Published 08/31/2021, 3:06 PM EDT


The stunning Tokyo Olympics 2020 recently concluded with wonderful moments and stories. However, the presence of retired Olympic legends like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps was sorely missed.

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Usain Bolt holds the world record in the 100m and 200m events since 2009. Eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Jamaica’s Bolt, is an inspiration and the benchmark for sprinters across the world.

Team USA’s 100m runner Fred Kerley is also inspired by Usain. Kerley clinched the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Fred clocked a time of 9.84 seconds to reach the podium.

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Fred Kerley thinks Usain Bolt is the GOAT

USA’s Fred Kerely surprised everyone when he competed in 100m and 200m to keep aside his dominant feat in 400m. Notably, he even made it to the Olympic team and then the podium.

Fred doesn’t like to limit himself, as he competes in all three distances, 100m, 200m, and 400m. He is aiming to become the fastest man in the world. In order to do so, he will have to break the unbroken record of Bolt since 2009.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Silver medallist, Fred Kerley of the United States poses on the podium REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

In conversation at the Diamond League, Fred referred to Usain Bolt as his big brother. Even though he wants to become the fastest, for him, Bolt will always have a place at the podium.

Fred said, “I want to be the best at all three distances. What makes someone the best, maybe a world record? I know I have got the potential to break the 400m record.

He added about Bolt, “I want to be a legend, like Usain Bolt; I see him as a big brother. To me he will always have a spot on the podium of the greatest of all time, he is a big example.”

Way forward for Fred Kerley after Tokyo Olympics 2020

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The Tokyo Olympics silver medalist will now compete at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme. Fred will go up against fellow Americans, Michael Norman, and Trayvon Bromell.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Final – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Fred Kerley of the United States after winning silver REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Notably, he ran his personal best in the 200m race at the Diamonds League in Paris. The end of the season is approaching, and he wants to give it his best shot.

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The American sprinter has established big goals for becoming the sprinting legend after Usain. Although Yohan Blake came very close to the record, he failed to accomplish the goal. Will 26-year-old Fred Kerley reach his goals? Only time will tell.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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