US Olympic Star Fred Kerley Beats Andre De Grasse and Lamont Marcell Jacobs in 100m World Rankings 2021

Published 12/29/2021, 9:00 AM EST
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


American track and field star Fred Kerley had an incredible outing in 2021, reaching unprecedented heights for the first time. However, Fred had missed out on the Olympic gold in Tokyo, as Italy’s Lamont Jacobs bagged the top spot on the podium.

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Interestingly, post that defeat, Fred was unstoppable as he stunned the world with his versatile performances. Notably, he has now surpassed Lamont and other track icons to top the World Merit rankings 2021.

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Fred Kerley dominating the 100m in 2021

Fred’s journey is a reminder of what unreal grit and determination can do. Notably, the 26-year-old did not start his career as a 100m racer but started in the 400m race. However, when the Olympics trials were nearing, he changed his track from 400m to 100m, and his decision proved to be quite successful.

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

Fred clinched the 100m silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, beating athletes who have been at the same event for years. Shortly after his Olympic outings, he outclassed his seniors and counterparts at the Diamond League meets. Now, he has ended the year with the highest world ranking in 100m men’s event.

Fred’s top timings in 2021 were 9.84, 9.86, 9.87, 9.91, 9.92, and 9.93 seconds. Notably, Andre De Grasse finished in second place, followed by another American star, Ronnie Baker in third. Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Lamont Jacobs finished in fourth place in the rankings.

Remarkably, it is not just 100m where Fred is making his mark.

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Fred creates history at the Diamond League meet

In 2021, Kerley had secured another record at the Diamond League meet 2021. Fred became the first man in history to win the 100m, 200m, and 400m race at the Diamond League meet in history. Taking after his icon, Usain Bolt, Fred doesn’t believe in limiting himself, and his statistics speak for his caliber.

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

Moving forward, Fred is aiming to defeat the long-standing world record of the fastest man on earth. Having already surpassed his competitors, do you think Kerley can do the unthinkable in the 2022 season?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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