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Fred Kerley wins the 100-meter gold in a US clean sweep at the 2022 World Athletics Championships

Fred Kerley wins the 100-meter gold in a US clean sweep at the 2022 World Athletics Championships
Fred Kerley of the United States wins a heat in the men's 100-meter run at the World Athletics Championships Friday, July 15, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Only three men, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Fred Kerley, have broken 10 seconds in the 100-meter, 20 seconds in the 200-meter, and 44 seconds in the 400-meter. Fred Kerley, an American, led the US victory in the men’s 100-meter race at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

Kerley, who won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, timed 9.86 seconds. After 1983 and 1991, Marvin Bracy became the third person to win the 100-meter race cleanly. Bracy won the silver medal and Trayvon Bromell settled for the bronze. Clean sweeps were led by Carl Lewis in 1983 and 1991. Notably, no country has succeeded since.

In a trackside interview, Kerley was quoted as stating, “I said we were going to do it and we did it – USA, baby. When Kerley won the American trials in June, she ran the fastest time of the year and a personal best of 9.76 on the same Eugene track. His heat time of 9.79 on Friday set a record for the World Championships. After placing third over one lap in 2019, he is currently the only guy to have won both the 100 and 400 meters.

Only three men, including Kerley, have broken 10 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 20 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 44 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and Michael Norman of the United States are the other two.

Fred Kerley wins the 100-meter gold in a US clean sweep at the 2022 World Athletics Championships
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The bronze medal might serve as some solace for Trayvon Bromell, who is currently ranked second fastest in the world despite failing to qualify for the final in the Tokyo Olympics. Oblique Seville of Jamaica finished fourth in 9.97.

We followed through on what we promised to do. America, baby! Olympic silver medalist Kerley made his remarks in front of a raucous local crowd.

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In the meanwhile, Bracy praised Kerley’s impressive adaptability. The 27-year-old began his career as a 400m expert before lowering his bar to 100m.

“The guy’s extraordinary; it takes a special talent to be able to perform in all three events, and his repertoire is extensive. We don’t know if he will run the 800m next year.

Starting on Monday, Kerley will focus on the 200-meter race, while he is still considering competing in the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays.


Disclaimer: The insights expressed in this article are those of the author. This article was not written or edited by Empireweekly.com; it was published on July 18, 2022.

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Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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