USA Olympic Star Fred Kerley Overtakes Yohan Blake in Overall Track Performance

Published 08/31/2021, 8:46 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 Diamond League in Paris saw history being written by Fred Kerley. The 26-year-old American sprinter once again showed why he is on top of the track and field competitions. After winning a silver medal in the 100-meter race in Tokyo, he was destined for great things. The men’s 200-meter race at Diamond League Paris saw him finishing first which resulted in a photo finish. Kerley created a personal best as he went past Yohan Blake in the best combined times of 100/200/400 races.

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Fred Kerley creates a unique record

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It’s rare to see an athlete excel in all three distances. Some athletes excel in 100/200; likewise, some excel in 200/400. However, to have the ability to produce fine performances in all three competitions is a remarkable feat. Kerley is slowly reaching that stage where history might be made in Paris.

He went past Yohan Blake in the all-time list of combined total times in the three races. Significantly, he has a better time in the 400-meters when compared with Usain Bolt; the greatest athlete of all time.

3867Usain Bolt9.58 (1356)19.19 (1351)45.28 (1160)
3815Michael Johnson10.09 (1176)19.32 (1329)43.18 (1310)
3813Michael Norman9.86 (1255)19.70 (1268)43.45 (1290)
3793Wayde van Niekerk9.94 (1227)19.84 (1245)43.03 (1321)
3791Fred Kerley9.84 (1262)19.79 (1253)43.64 (1276)
3790Tyson Gay9.69 (1316)19.58 (1287)44.89 (1187)
3745Yohan Blake9.69 (1316)19.26 (1339)46.32 (1090)
3698Xavier Carter10.00 (1206)19.63 (1279)44.53 (1213)
3715Kenny Bednarek9.89 (1245)19.68 (1271)44.73 (1199) (A)
3668Mike Marsh9.93 (1231)19.73 (1263)45.08 (1174)

By setting a time of 19.79 in the recent 200-meter race at Diamond League, Paris, Kerley went ahead of the Jamaican sprinter, Blake. But how can he rewrite history in Paris?

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Kerley can win all the three races

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As the Tokyo Olympics got delayed because of the pandemic, athletes got more time to recover and be fit. Nonetheless, things will be different in Paris. The Olympics starts in 2024 giving lesser time for athletes to prepare.

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

Despite all that, Fred Kerley would be the man to beat. He dropped to the 100/200-meters this year in a bid to win medals. After that, he ended up winning the silver medal in the 100-meter race with an explosive run. But if you combine all the three, Kerley can actually win all three events in three years in Paris as he will be in his prime. Michael Norman, Wayde van Niekerk, and Fred Kerley are the only athletes to have come under 10s in 100, 20s in 200, 44s in 400. That’s a unique record to have.

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He has the world at his feet and can make history in Paris. Kerley is a generational talent and people need to watch him closely because he looks destined for the star.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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