Fred Kerley Improves Run As USA’s Most Versatile Track Athlete With Dominant 200m Performance

Published 08/28/2021, 3:33 PM EDT
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


Two Olympic silver medalists – Fred Kerley and Kenneth Bednarek recently competed at the Diamond League, producing unexpected results.

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Fred is known for competing in the 400 meters distance but has recently produced remarkable performances in shorter-distances. Notably, the sprinter won silver in the 100m men’s race in Tokyo.

Bednarek, another American, also won silver in Tokyo, in the men’s 200m race. He recorded a personal best of 19.68 seconds as he finished behind Canada’s Andre De Grasse.

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However, Kerley successfully managed to give a cutthroat competition to the 200m sprinter at the Diamond League. Even though the latter was able to make a clean sweep in Lausanne, Kerley created his new personal best in Paris.

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Kerley loses to Bednarek in Laussane

Bednarek won his first race after securing the second position in the Summer Games this year. In his recent race at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, he ran a 19.65 seconds race. With that, he managed to stay ahead of his fellow American, Fred Kerley, eventually winning the race. Since the weather conditions were not favorable for any of the athletes, his timing was adjusted to 19.68 seconds.

Thus, he could not give his personal best in this event. Post his run he said, “I was really hoping to PR tonight as I know this is a fast track, but the wind was too strong. I didn’t feel the cold too much until we had the false start, then it started to affect me a bit.

During this event, Bednarek was comfortably ahead of Kerley. Kerley, having won 100m in the Summer Games couldn’t keep up with the former, towards the end of the curve. Bednarek won by 0.12 seconds. Thus, Kerley secured the second position in this event. Lastly, the third position was secured by Steven Gardiner with a timing 20.11 seconds.

Kerley makes a comeback!

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The 26-year-old did not give up after losing the Lausanne edition. Rather, he decided to work harder and stick to his initial target of becoming the faster man alive. After gaining the second position on the podium at Tokyo, the American said that “It’s absolutely my desire to be the fastest man alive. I want to be the fastest in the one [100m], the two [200m] and the four [400m].” Having said that, he worked hard and managed to give a remarkable performance in Paris. With a personal best of 19.79, he definitely proved his dominance in this event.

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Indeed, Kerley’s journey in track and field seems to be headed in an upward trajectory. Let’s wait and see if he can achieve his ambition of becoming the fastest man alive.

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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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