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Fred Kerley eyes Usain Bolt’s world record

Fred Kerley soaks up the Floridian sun while collecting handfuls of home-grown okra and green chillies. Kerley cherises his vegetables,  which represent the American’s unique mentality both on and off the track.

His passion for gardening has also fortified his willingness to trust long periods of cultivation will produce great rewards, often against the odds.

A blazing 9.86-second 100m final in Eugene this summer confirmed Kerley’s status as the sport’s new sprint king. with Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs’ season scuppered by injuries.

Kerley’s hours spent in the garden have proven fundamental to his pursuit of running 100m faster than any man before. The almost mythical figure of Usain Bolt may yet prove illusive, but there is suddenly a stunning conviction in Kerley’s eyes as he vows to break the Jamaican’s world record of 9.58 seconds.

“It’s very realistic,” Kerley passionately declares to The Independent. “Everything is realistic; Bolt, Wayde [Van Niekerk], and all of the American greats. They put the bar up there for us to do it. UK inflation rises back to 40-year high of 10.1% as food prices soar

“If they can do it, then why not us? I’ve got to continue to train right, eat right, sleep right. These small things will help me to get to the bigger goals down the line. The records and that double gold.

“I speak to him [Bolt] on social media. But we don’t talk about records. He put the bar up there for us to go and attack it. He’s got the bar, we’re just trying to get there.”

From adoption as a child by his aunt Virginia, with his father in jail and mother absent, Kerley was among 13 kids crammed into a bedroom and left to sleep on pallets in San Antonio, Texas. Hardened by immense adversity, Kerley has rarely wavered on the path to greatness since. There were sceptics when the 100m shine lured him away from a blossoming 400m career, which has already included a bronze medal at the World Championships.

Kerley broke the 9.8 barrier this year, underlining his prowess after collecting silver in Tokyo to complete a stunning maiden season in the event. That mark has proven daunting to sprinters since the Bolt era, but Kerley swiftly rattled off three successive runs beneath the threshold, including a new lifetime best of 9.76 – establishing himself as the sixth fastest man in history.

Kerley is determined to “change the game forever”, with simple bounding exercises on high school football pitches the preliminary work on the road to the Budapest World Championships. The enormity of his goals make the tranquililty of his garden even more important.

“Gardening is peace,” Kerley says. “You see all the different colours in the garden. Once I get out of training I don’t talk about track at all. Track is not who Fred Kerley is, track is what Fred Kerley do. So I really enjoy the gardening, it allows me to take my mind off the negativity around stuff. It lets me leave track alone and focus on a different aspect of life.

“Gardening is like track and field in a way, if you’re not patient you’re just open up. That’s what gardening is, you have to be patient.”

After beating compatriots Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell in Eugene to deliver a first American clean sweep on the podium since Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell and Dennis Mitchell in 1991, Kerley emphasises the importance of his “brotherhood”.

“We’re all trying to one-up each other. We try to touch the stars. We talk every day, we have times we all want to achieve, we are trying to touch the stars.”

His words carry extra weight after British sprinter CJ Ujah was cleared last week of deliberately taking banned drugs at the Tokyo Olympics, despite a 22-month ban confirmed. The Team GB star referenced Kerley as a mentor, telling the Guardian that they “talk all the time” and even spoke on FaceTime. And Kerley was pleased to see Ujah emboldened by the verdict after a torrid year.

“I come from a place where people doubted people, but me personally, I want the best for everybody,” Kerley explained. “I want him to now look forward with life, even if people doubt him. At the end of the day s*** happens.

“I want him to now reach everything that people said he can’t reach. I’m a competitor, so whoever is out there on the track, I’m ready to compete.”

Just as Kerley shows his softer side, an abrupt reminder of his competitive edge arrives after being reminded of his glaring omission from World Athletics’ male athlete of the year nominees.


Source: independent.co.uk

Team USA finishes World Athletics Athletics with 33 medals

Following the U.S. women’s 4×400-meter victory on Sunday night, Team USA closed out its dominant performance at the World Athletics Championships with a record 33 total medals. Thirteen of those medals were gold.

Legendary sprinter Allyson Felix also earned her 20th career medal in the relay, as she participated in the team’s Saturday night preliminaries. She announced before the meet that this would be her final international competition.

The women’s 4×400 was started by Syndey McLaughlin, who was just two days removed from breaking the world record in the 400-meter hurdles. Her blistering third leg of Sunday’s relay gave Team USA a near-three-second runway for the anchor leg.

American highlights for the meet were also found in the men’s 100-meter and men’s 200-meter, where Team USA swept both events. The 100 was won by Fred Kerley while the 200 was won by Noah Lyles, who broke the 26-year-old American record in the process.

American men also swept the shotput, with world-record holder Ryan Crouser overcoming rival Joe Kovacs. And in the women’s 800-meter, phenom Athing Mu scored gold to defend her Olympics title as the world’s fastest mid-distance woman.

Expect a faster Yohan Blake at Worlds – Coach

GREGORY LITTLE, coach of former 100m World Champion Yohan Blake, says he is expecting his charge to run a much faster time at this month’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Blake, who is the second-fastest man of all time with 9.69 seconds, sped to a season’s best 9.85 to win the 100m at the JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships last month.

In fact, that time marks the fastest that Blake has run since 2012. He is now the joint third-fastest man in the world this season behind Americans Fred Kerley (9.76) and Trayvon Bromell (9.81).

Little, who is the head coach of Titans Track Club, told The Gleaner the Blake has been working assiduously this season, especially on his technique.

“Blake is well focused, serious and getting in the work done every day and ready to go,” said Little.

“He doesn’t want to talk much this year because you realise that he is staying far from the interviews and so he is just in a different mood now and just wants to get the job done,” he said.

“I am never one to put a time on athletes, but I just know that Yohan should do much better than what he did at the Trials,” Little said.

He pointed out that Blake’s progress was hampered last season after hernia surgery, but he has now fully recovered and is ready to put on a good showing at the World Championships.

“He is very determined, Yohan is ready and can’t wait to go,” Little said.

“As a matter of fact, from last year Yohan has been very serious after he came from the hernia surgery because that was what held him back last year,” he said.

“Last week was recovery week after the Trials and so this week we are stepping up the ball game, and so we are just waiting for next Friday to start the ball game and to have a lot of fun,” he said.

Source: jamaica-gleaner.com

Fred Kerley runs the second fastest time

Olympics 200m silver medallist, Fred Kerley ran the second fastest world leading time in 100m race at the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Oregon.

The 27 year-old sensational ran a sizzling world leading time of 7.77 seconds erasing the Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala from Kenya’s time of 9.85 that he set by beating him at the Kip Keino Classic.

The 2019 World 4x100m relay gold medallist had produced a new world lead of 9.76 in the semi-finals – the sixth fastest time ever – before going on to capture the glory at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Marvin Bracy-Williams came home in second with a personal best of 9.85 with Trayvon Bromell closing the podium three finishes in 9.88.

The top three are set to join Coleman at the worlds. Coleman already has his ticket as the 2019 champion.

Marcel Jacobs discharged from Hospital

Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcel Jacobs was discharged from Hospital on Monday after spending three days at the Uhai Neema Community Hospital that is based in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

The 27 year-old who stunned the world when he stormed to a surprise men’s 100m victory at Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer was hospitalized at the Catholic facility following a case of suspected food poisoning.

Jacobs was forced to pull out of the competition on Saturday morning with stomach complications and was rushed there for an emergency checkup.

The Kipkeino clash which had pitted him and Ferdinand Omanyala could not take place, but the Kenyan gave his fans and the country what he had promised when he thrashed Olympic silver medallist Fred Kerley to take the 100m honors at the third and last edition of the Continental Tour meeting in Kenya.

“After the Olympics Games, I’m trying to win it all and now it’s only the World Championships outdoor that is remaining and I’m aiming for that,” the Italian underscored.

Jacobs flew out of the country on Monday evening.

I am ready for the KipKeino clash, says Marcell Jacobs

The Tokyo 100m Olympic champion, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is the latest international track superstars to check in for Saturday’s 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour Gold Label meet in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jacobs, who was forced to sprints after a knee injury saw him put aside his hopes of excelling as a Long-jumper in 2019, arrived some two hours behind Fraser-Pryce to sprinkle more star dust to the Kip Keino Classic.

The 27 year-old stunned the world when he stormed to a surprise men’s 100m victory at Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer and is looking forward to extending his imposing form this year. He has underlined his fortitude by adding the World Indoor men’s 60m title to his collection in Belgrade, Serbia in a European Record of 6.41.

Speaking moments after his arrival, Jacobs, welcomed the challenge posed by an intimidating men’s 100m field at the Kip Keino Classic that has among others, American Fred Kerley whom he beat to silver in Tokyo and African record holder, Ferdinand Omanyala from Kenya.

“It’s fantastic, it’s amazing and it’s my first time in Africa and in Kenya. I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to compete.

“It’s a really good competition and I can’t wait to compete,” the Italian who trains in the United States gushed. The Italian further set his sights on adding the Worlds gold in Oregon while acknowledging he has his work cut out as the man, they all want to beat following his fairy tale success at Tokyo 2020.

“I’m ready because I won the World Indoor Championship, it’s amazing for me because I’m not an early starter (to the season) and we are not training for Oregon, it’s the most important,” the Tokyo winner underlined his intentions for the season.

Jacobs who checked out at JKIA moments after midnight is the latest big name out to put their reputation on the line at Africa’s only Continental Tour Gold Label meeting.

“After the Olympics Games, I’m trying to win it all and now it’s only the World Championships outdoor that is remaining and I’m aiming for that,” the Italian underscored.

Marcell Jacobs to race In front of Home Crowd in Rome

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be hoping for home advantage when he takes on reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Fred Kerley at the fifth meeting of the season in Rome on June 9th.

Jacobs became the first Italian sprinter ever to win 100m gold when he soared to a surprise victory with a European record of 9.80 in Tokyo last summer, and will no doubt be given a hero’s welcome when he hits the track at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian, who trains in Rome, will face formidable competition as he bids for his first ever win on the Diamond League circuit, with US stars Kerley and Trayvon Bromell joining him in the blocks.

Kerley, who won the 400m Diamond Trophy in 2019, is now the reigning champion over 100m, hitting form just at the right time last summer as he claimed victories in Brussels and the final in Zurich. Currently top of the world rankings, he claimed silver behind Jacobs in Tokyo with a PB of 9.84.

Bromell is looking to build on a strong season in 2021, in which he celebrated his first ever Diamond League win in Gateshead.

Source: diamondleague.com

A Sprinting Showdown Looms between Olympic Champion Jacobs Against Africa’ Record Holder Omanyala

A looming showdown is on the cards between World’s best Lamont Morcell Jacobs and Africa’s finest Ferdinand Omanyala on May 7th in the 100m of the 2022 Kip Keino Classic at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

The clash is in the offing after Jacobs who is the Olympic champion confirmed his participation to face the Africa record holder Omanyala in the forthcoming Kip Keino Classic a leg of the World Athletics Diamond Tour.

Kip Keino Classic Chief Executive Officer, Barnaba confirmed the participation of Jacobs in the race in a press conference held on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at the Athletics Kenya (AK) headquarters in Nairobi.

Jacobs and Omanyala will face Mike Rodgers, Fred Kerley and Isiah Young from the United States of America, Gift Tlotiso Leotlela and Sinesipho Dambile from South Africa and Tortu Filippo in the epic showdown.

Jacobs is the current Olympic 100m and 4×100 relays and World 60m champion.

Jacobs currently holds the 60m and 100m European records and is the first Italian to ever qualify and win the men’s 100m Olympic final.

Ferdinand Omanyala: I will beat Marcell Jacobs at KipKeino Classic

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has sent a strong warning to Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs who has been confirmed to be racing at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on Saturday (7) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, in Nairobi.

The Saturday battle will bring out the best of Omanyala after last week’s explosive performance where he set two National Records in 100m and 200m at the same ground that the KipKeino classic will be held.

The race will be an electrifying one when Omanyala, the continental 100m record holder will take on World 60m Indoor champion.

The 26 year old will run against the European 100m Champion, who is also the Italian National Record holder in both 100m and 60m race.

While speaking to Athletics News, Omanyala said “It is great that he is here. It will be a good competition. I know I will run that race without him in mind. I know I will beat him.”

Omanyala who lacked respect by ‘arresting’ reigning commonwealth games 100m champion Akani Simbine, silencing home fans last month at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix series where he clocked 9.98 seconds which was his first sub 10 as he beat Simbine pretty easily with the latter coming home in second in 10:11.

Omanyala last month ran a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds, which is the third fastest time ran on home soil after breaking the African record with a time of 9.77 seconds behind American Trayvon Bromell at the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour that was held at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Lamont has proven to be a pain to his opponents this year after beating them at the four event that he has met with them proving that it wasn’t a fluke winning the Olympic title.

The 27 year-old is the first 100m Olympic champion since 19996 to win gold without a recent top 200m mark.

Other title contenders at the Classic includes Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, Fred Kerley, the 2020 World 100m champion, Mike Rogers and World 4×200 m relay team silver medallist, Isiah Young.

Youngster Sinesipho Dambile who caused a major upset at the South African championships by beating both Clarence Munyai and Luxolo Adams to clinch the men’s 200m title in Cape Town, has also been included with the first Italian in history to break the 10 seconds barrier, Tortu Filipo closing the nine lane race.

Athing Mu dominates the Athlete of the Year Awards

Tokyo Olympic Games 800m champion, Athing Mu has dominated the 2021 Wing Awards and Athlete of the Year Awards that will be held at the 2021 Night of Legends on Saturday, December 4 in Orlando, Florida.

The voting has now been opened for fans to choose their favorite athlete of the year and the best performer with the Jesse Owens, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Wing Awards.

USATF will present all awards as part of the Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida The event will also include the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame class of 2021 induction ceremony.

The awards have been presented annually since 1981; the Jesse Owens Award and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award are USA Track & Field highest accolades.  This is United States highest award for the sport, it bears Jesse Owens’s name in recognition of his significant career, which included four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games.

The winners will be selected by the fans and media by voting to choose their most outstanding male and female athletes, winners are selected by a combination of fan and media votes.

The Wing Awards honor a variety of top performances, including Best Olympics Performance for Track as well as Field, and Breakout Performer.

Nominees are:

Female Athlete of the Year:

  1. Valarie Allman
  2. Allyson Fellix
  3. Sydney McLaughlin
  4. Athing Mu
  5. Katie Nageotte

Male Athlete of the Year:

  1. Kenny Bednarek
  2. Rai Benjamin
  3. Ryan Crouser
  4. Fred Kerley

Best Olympic Track Performance:

  1. Rai Benjamin
  2. Allyson Felix
  3. Sydney McLaughlin
  4. Athing Mu

Best Olympic Field Performance:

  1. Valarie Allman
  2. Ryan Crouser
  3. Katie Nageotte

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year:

  1. Courtney Freirichs
  2. JuVaughn Harrison
  3. Cole Hocker
  4. Fred Kerley
  5. Athing Mu
  6. Molly Seidel