“People Doubt Me, They Laugh at Me”: US Olympic Star Fred Kerley Aims to Silence Critics in 2022

Published 12/31/2021, 8:30 AM EST
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 2020 Tokyo Olympics ended on a high for the United States of America. They led the gold medal tally, winning accolades throughout different competitions. Moreover, one man had an incredible time in Tokyo. American sprinter Fred Kerley won the silver medal for the 100-meters competition in Tokyo, proving his potential.

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Recently, Fred talked about the year he had in 2021, where he rose to the occasion and left his mark on the track and field.

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Fred Kerley reflects on a great 2021

Fred won the 100-meters race during the Diamond League meet in Zurich. Although many people doubted his talents, Kerley remained focused. Notably, Kerley stunned everyone with his astonishing performance in the 100, 200, and 400-meter competitions.

Now, he takes to Twitter, reflecting on the year he had and declaring himself ‘ready’ for 2022.

“Been a good a** year. People doubt me. I came out on top. They laugh at me for my decision I came out on top. Track is a sports where the track do the talking. 2022 I am ready for the war ahead bless up,” said Kerley.

Certainly, what Kerley is aiming for is unprecedented. No other athlete has won the 100, 200, and 400-meters competition in the history of the Olympic Games; Not even Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, or even Carl Lewis.

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Can he do the impossible?

The talented athlete joins Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and US athlete Michael Norman in becoming the third person to have incredible times in all the aforementioned races. These three have the best sub-10 second time in 100, sub-20 second time in 200, while also having sub-44 second time in the 400-meters competitions. With personal best times of 9.84, 19.76, and 43.64, Kerley is on top of the world.

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

Thus, come next athletic season, he hopes to turn the tides and dominate every single event possible. Undoubtedly, it will be a historic achievement if Kerley manages to do the unthinkable.

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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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