“Isn’t Something to Play With”: Usain Bolt Fans React as US Star Fails to Beat World Record at World Athletics Championships 2022

Published 07/17/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

Retired half a decade ago, Usain Bolt left a lasting legacy in the sport of track and field. The sprinting legend set records in his signature races that still stand. It is widely accepted that perhaps we will never see another athlete of his caliber in the sport.

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World records are meant to be broken, but will Usain Bolt’s astonishing feat of running the 100m in 9.58 seconds be surpassed? We certainly thought the new 100m world champion, Fred Kerley, would be the one 24 hours ago.

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 Fred Kerley was prophesied to break Bolt’s record

American sprinting sensation, Fred Kerley, is chasing history. He told Tokyo 2020 that he had his eyes set on becoming the ‘Fastest Man Alive’ by breaking records in three disciplines. “I want to be the fastest in the one [100m], the two [200m], and the four [400m],” he claimed.

And the Olympic silver medalist in the 100m had the golden opportunity to fulfill his dream at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon. Running a 9.79 in the men’s 100m heats, he had certainly set the stage. In the final, Kerley led the American podium sweep, clocking in at 9.86 seconds, and beating both Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell.

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Unfortunately, that final run was still 0.28 seconds away from Bolt’s seemingly unbeatable record, an eternity in the sprinting world. Despite his impressive feat and a world championships crown on his head, Kerley is catching heat from Usain Bolt fans. After all, talking about breaking the long-standing 9.58 record is no joke.

Usain Bolt fans react to comparisons drawn between the two athletes

Fred Kerley is quickly becoming one of the top contenders to become the next biggest name in track alongside the teen sensation, Erriyon Knighton. But Bolt fans aren’t amused by the extravagant claims from the media saying Kerley will overcome Bolt soon.

FloTrack posted a bold statement saying, “Usain Bolt’s World Record Has Just 24 Hours Left, Thanks To Fred Kerley ⏰.” And evidently, they were pretty far off the mark. Of course, the fans went to town ridiculing the prediction.

 

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Even sprinting legend Michael Johnson chipped in to say:

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While breaking Bolt’s record wasn’t in the cards for the American sprinting sensation, he has certainly cemented himself in track history. Showcasing his prowess in the event, he is pursuing his dream of becoming the fastest man alive in full swing. But to get there, he not only has to beat his current competitors but also go up against the greatest track and field athlete in history, Usain Bolt.

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

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