“I Want To Be The Fastest Man” – USA’s Fred Kerley Aims To Dominate Sprinting Events

Published 08/31/2021, 11:24 AM EDT
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


The Olympic silver medalist, Fred Kerley has set the ambitious aim for himself to rule the 100m, 200m as well as 400m races.

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The 26-year-old American is most famous for competing in 400m sprints but has recently diversified his portfolio. At the Tokyo Olympics, Fred grabbed the silver in the 100m men’s race and clocked an impressive 9.84. He provided cutthroat competition to Lamont Marcell Jacobs, the gold medalist, who clocked 9.80.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Fred Kerley of the United States, Andre De Grasse of Canada, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Tlotliso Leotlela of South Africa and Usheoritse Itsekiri of Nigeria in action during Semifinal 1 REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Recently, the American managed to give yet another brilliant performance at the Diamond League in Paris. Striving to achieve versatility, he recorded a timing of 19.79 in the 200m, which also happens to be his new personal best. Showcasing his amazing skills, he successfully won gold in the 200m race, effortlessly overtaking Kenny Bednarek. Kenny Bednarek won silver in Tokoyo for the same event. But here, it was Fred who emerged victorious.

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Will Fred Kerley rule all three races?

Now, the American has bigger plans to tackle his fellow American- Michael Norman and South-African Wayde Van Niekerk. In one of his interviews, Kerley said, “I’ve got a lot of confidence in my current form and want to show what I’ve got in the upcoming weeks. My goal is very clear: I want to be the fastest man in the 100m, 200m and the 400m.

It is quite evident that he’s positive and confident about his performance, which is keeping him motivated to take on these two competitors. As a matter of fact, statistically speaking Bromwell and Niekerk along with Kerley are the only ones to have a timing lesser than 10 seconds in 100, 20 seconds in 200m and 44 seconds in 400m. Earlier, it was only Usain Bolt to have recorded similar timings whilst setting the world record in 100 and 200 meters.

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Fred Kerley is looking forward to the 100m at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme. In this competition, he will be running against two of his American teammates, Trayvon Bromell and Michael Norman. Will Fred be successful in creating history by conquering all three races? Let’s see what the American has to offer in his upcoming performances.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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