Usain Bolt Backs US Olympic Star Fred Kerley in Quest for Olympic Gold

Published 12/31/2021, 9:30 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 saw Fred Kerley winning the silver medal in the 100-meters competition. After Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the race, the spotlight shifted to Kerley, who had also put on an incredible performance. Moreover, he runs in the 400-meters while competing in both the 100 and 200m as well. Undoubtedly, he has the likes of being one of the greatest sprinters of all time.

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After his successful 2021 season, he is now focused on making 2022 a memorable one, aiming for unprecedented heights.

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Fred Kerley focused on 100-meters

While Usain Bolt set the 100-meters world record during the World Championships in Berlin, Kerley wants the steal his title of being the world’s fastest man alive. Often, he takes to Instagram, sharing glimpses of his training sessions.

In a recent Instagram post, he is seen running a bend, smoothly, focusing on his technique to get better. He talked about bettering his time from Tokyo and aiming to win the 100-meters competition next season.

“.04 from being Olympic champion. motivation. I will be champion,” he captioned the video.

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

Notably, his ambitious claim caught the attention of the legend, Usain Bolt. Usain commented on the post, acknowledging the sprinter’s desire to get better. Back in 2009, running his best race, Bolt set a time of 9.58 seconds, a world record. Meanwhile, Kerley appreciated Bolt’s comment by posting a reply of his own.

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Kerley’s determined to break the record

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After the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Fred talked about bettering his own record for the next athletic season.

“I’m happy with the win, but I’m not satisfied with my race. I didn’t execute the race how I wanted. That gives me working points because I always want to be better. At the Olympics I took the silver medal after Jacobs. People say that his win was a surprise, but everybody works hard to be the best and to be ready for the championships, so there are no surprises,” said Kerley.

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

Whether he can achieve his dream or not remains to be seen. However, what’s for sure is that the next athletic season is going to be one for the ages.

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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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