USA Olympic Star Fred Kerley Stamps a Historical Athletics Record

Published 08/28/2021, 8:52 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


There are several inspiring stories in athletics. Usain Bolt’s rise to prominence, Florence Griffith Joyner’s incredible performances in Seoul 1988, and even Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s dominance on the track. However, Fred Kerley has rose through the ranks to take home the silver medal in the 100-meter race at Tokyo Olympics 2020. After being a prominent 400-meter specialist, the American sprinter focused on the 100-meter race in Tokyo and proved to the world why he is a force to reckon with. Recently, he went a step further and created a unique record for himself.

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Fred Kerley creates a unique record

The American sprinter became the third man in the sport’s history to post times under 10 seconds in 100, 20 in 200, and 44 in 400-meter events. It’s an incredible display of versatility by Fred which takes talent and determination. Moreover, he joins Wayde van Niekerk and Michael Norman as the only athletes to create this unique record. Kerley set a time of 9.84s-100-meters, 19.90-200-meters, and 43.64 in 400-meters.

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

Running a 400-meter competition differs completely from a 100-meter race. But Kerley made that transition smoothly and is one of the best in the world, in both. After winning the silver medal, his next aim would be to win gold medals in all three races in Paris for the 2024 Olympics.

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Kerley created history in Tokyo

After Usain Bolt retired from athletics, the stage was set for a new champion to be crowned. Lamont Marcell Jacobs from Italy won the race with a time of 9.80 seconds.

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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

Kerley opted to take part in the 100-meter race which resulted in a silver medal and set a time of 9.84 seconds. Moreover, the 200-meter champion Andre De Grasse finished third to take home the bronze. Kerley spoke about his experience after the race.

“The future is bright. I executed the race perfectly out of 10 and came up with a silver medal,” said Kerley.

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The future indeed looks bright for this talented athlete. To sum up, if he manages to win the 100, 200, and 400-meter in Paris 2024, he will be regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time for the USA. The sky is the limit for Fred Kerley.

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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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