Fred Kerley Faces Major Upset as $5,000,000 Worth African Athlete Puts Halt on American’s Dominance in 100m Men’s Event

Published 07/16/2023, 1:29 PM EDT

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Fred Kerley is one of those athletes who has consistently dominated the men’s track and field domain. Diversifying his racing divisions Kerley switched to 100m and 200m from his trademark 400m and went on to replicate the same success in these shorter divisions as well. He is one of the most promising athletes and has achieved so much on the track.

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But someone has just gone past this American runner, and it is not Noah Lyles. He was defeated in a major race this month and the news of the same has been shared on the social media.

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Kerley was overpowered by Akani Simbine of South Africa during the ongoing Silesia Diamond League in Poland. This news was shared by Track and Field  Report on their Twitter handle, accompanied by a caption, “Akani Simbine just brought down Fred Kerley and ended his dominance this year being undefeated.” 

Simbine won the 100m sprint by clocking an extraordinary time of 9.97 seconds, leaving behind Kerley, who finished second with 9.98 seconds and was left heartbroken after facing a defeat by mere difference of time. Reigning world champion Kerley was joined by Emmanuel Eseme of Cameroon with the same timing. Kerley didn’t start off well, but he covered the major distance in no time but still could not finish at the top.

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It was the closest race of this season and even Simbine could not believe it. According to Simbine, he was not sure if he has won or not until he heard his name announced as the winner. Craven Charlton went off to the best start, and he was left behind by Simbine and then came Kerley and Eseme from behind. The race also featured the Jamaican legend Yohan Blake, who placed 5th with an overall time of 10.01 seconds.

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This is the first race of the season in which Kerley has been outplayed by any sprinter, he was unbeaten in the three finals that he ran this year and the world champion looked calm and composed after the race and he said “I got my job done.” Now he is looking forward to make a comeback in the upcoming events and is all girded up for the Paris Olympics.

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Abhishek Rathore

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Abhishek Rathore is a US sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is a passionate sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch experience in content writing. So, he blended his love and passion and started writing about all things sports.
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