“He Can Go a Lot Faster”: Yohan Blake Predicts Big Things for US Olympic Star Fred Kerley in 2022

Published 01/03/2022, 1:00 PM EST
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


How Russell Westbrook gets triple-double in almost all the games is something to be admired off. To rack up over ten points, assists, and rebounds in almost every game is something special. Thus, imagine an athlete who can run the 100, 200, and 400-meters. Fred Kerley is the one to watch during the next athletics season.

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Possessing immaculate times in all those three competitions, his potential is through the roof. Hence, Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake talked about the potential that Kerley has and the ability he is showing as of right now. A generational talent nonetheless, Kerley has all the makings of becoming a legendary athlete.

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Yohan Blake talks about Fred Kerley

Although Usain Bolt won most of their matchups, Yohan Blake held up to him in almost all competitions. He fetched the silver medal frequently in the 100 and 200-meters competitions. Somewhat unlucky to be born in the same era as Bolt, Blake did a great job in challenging him in races. Thus, with Kerley being a talented superstar, the talented sprinter offered him some advice ahead of the 2022 athletics season. Moreover, he talked about how Kerley can reach greater heights in the upcoming season.

“Fred is a good friend of mine and a really cool guy. Listen, he has talent one, two, and four. I won’t be surprised if he even runs the eight. I was joking. But, I’m really happy for him. I think he can go a lot faster. It’s his first year really sprinting like that and when you get, I don’t want you to change the technique much. Sometimes you change the technique you don’t run as fast. I want him to continue doing what he’s doing and he will get faster and even get faster times,” said Blake.

Jun 20, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Trayvon Bromell (center) defeats Micah Williams (left) and Fred Kerley to win the 100m in 9.80 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

He became the first person to win both the 100 and 400-meters in a single competition during the Wanda Diamond League in Zurich. That record is not easy. Considering only three elite athletes that are similar to him, Kerley has the makings of being a potential superstar.

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A unique skillset

Starting as a 400-meters specialist, he shifted to sprinting in 100 and 200-meters to raise his level. He competed during the 100-meters competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and won the silver medal. Significantly, he joins South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk and Michael Norman as the only athletes to record times sub-10 second in the 100 (9.84), sub-20 in 200 (19.76), while also having sub-44 in 400-meters competition (43.64).

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

Thus, the potential he has is unimaginable. If he wins all three races in a single athletics competition, there is going to be a big celebration from the athletics fraternity.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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