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Noah Lyles’s participation in the 4x400m race is still in debate even though he helped the team to secure silver. Michael Johnson, who is Team USA coach and former world 100m champion Fred Kerley, holds differing views on Noah Lyles’s participation. Kerley argues that Lyles, despite his versatility in other sprint events, lacks the specialized expertise of 400m specialists like himself and Kenny Bednarek, who have been overlooked.

Venting his frustration on Twitter, Kerley criticized what he perceives as favouritism within US Track and Field, accusing the organization of prioritizing certain athletes over others. Meanwhile, Johnson holds a differing view, asserting that including Lyles in the relay team was a strategic move to bolster both Lyles’ experience and the overall strength of the US 400m team, which he believes to be lacking. Despite Johnson’s perspective, Kerley continued to voice his dissent, further intensifying the debate.

Fred Kerley’s bold callout unfurled amid the tensions

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Recently, Fred Kerley took to X, to express his frustration, stating, “Ask your boy Mike what he told me. I’m going to leave it like that; he disrespected me, so. Once you cross that line, it’s over. And that relay policy is out the window.” This candid revelation highlights Fred’s sense of disrespect and his determination to persist in the conflict after Michael Johnson’s comment. However, the root of the issue stems from the addition of Noah Lyles to the team, prompting Fred to publicly denounce USATF on X, asserting, @usatf y’all play that favoritism like mf. Y’all like puppets. For sure yes man.

In response, Lyles challenged Fred’s stance, stating, I mean he could be here but he ain’t so if you mad at that, come on out.” Amidst the ongoing dispute, one coach consistently stood by Fred’s side, offering unwavering support throughout the ordeal.

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Perspectives on favoritism in track and field

Dennis Shaver, the coach at LSU, expressed on his social media platform that Fred’s statement resonated with him deeply. Shaver emphasized that the issue of favouritism in events like the 4x100m and 4x400m relay races by USATF has been longstanding, urging for a candid acknowledgement of the reality. However, as time progresses, this debate is becoming increasingly heated.

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As the spotlight shifts to the Paris Olympics, Lyles emerges as the frontrunner in both the 100m and 200m events, where challengers like Fred Kerley seek to surpass him. However, the question looms whether Lyles will undertake the daunting task of competing in four races, including a world record attempt in the half-lap race, in what promises to be an intense and demanding schedule.

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