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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

Marcell Jacobs strikes gold at Euro Championships

Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs proved the naysayers wrong when he striked to gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships held in Munich.

The world Indoor 60m champion was kept out of action due to a virus that laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

The European record holder brought the showdown when he clocked a championship record-equaling time of 9.95 seconds.

The British sprinter Zharnel Hughes who was also the defending champion was forced to settle in second place in a time of 9.99seconds with another Briton, Jeremiah Azu, taking bronze in 10.13

Marcell Jacobs sets sights on 100m European title with a point to prove

At the time, few people would even have noticed Marcell Jacobs’ two previous European Championships appearances. In 2016, he finished 11th in the long jump; two years later he failed to progress from the 100 metres semi-finals.

That he lines up in Monday’s 100m heats as Olympic champion shows how much life has changed for the Italian over the past year: from an also-ran to the event’s biggest star.

Not since Linford Christie in 1992 has a 100m Olympic champion hailed from Europe. Three decades on, the world’s premier sprinter returns to the European stage with huge uncertainty over what the week might entail for him.

If Jacobs’ stratospheric, unexpected rise to the pinnacle of the sport last year was not eye-catching enough, his subsequent performances – or lack of – have added layer upon layer of intrigue to a man whose sudden emergence prompted raised eyebrows worldwide.

His triumph at last year’s Olympics, in a European record time of 9.80 sec, came just three months after he had broken the 10-second barrier for the first time.

History has not always looked kindly on athletes making huge strides in short periods, and questions were asked of Jacobs, 27, when it emerged that he was associated with a nutritionist, Giacomo Spazzini, who was implicated in a police investigation into the distribution of anabolic steroids in March 2021. Spazzini has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by an Italian court, while Jacobs told Telegraph Sport this year that he had “absolutely not” taken any illegal substances.

“I understand that people were surprised, but that’s because for most people my name came into their homes at the Olympics,” he added. “My victories represent extreme hard work – hard work that nobody saw, hard work that was blood, sweat, tears and injuries.”

Marcell Jacobs shocked the world with his Tokyo 100m triumph CREDIT: REUTERS

Having opted to end his season immediately after that Olympic breakthrough, he returned to action at the start of the year when beating America’s defending champion, Christian Coleman, to the world indoor title. There has been little sight of him since.

A virus laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

“A painful choice,” he said. “I am a fighter and this is why I decided to be in Eugene. Now, in order not to compromise the rest of the season by risking a more serious injury, I have to postpone the challenge.”

A few weeks on, Jacobs’ coach, Paolo Camossi, is optimistic. “He’s running free, he’s having fun,” he said, on the eve of the European Championships in Munich. “If we are here it is because he is fine and can compete.

“Marcell is the Olympic gold medallist and he is here to win, but it is not a race to be taken lightly. Falling is almost always the way to become stronger. “I would do it all again. Maybe I would recommend a double mask to avoid the rotavirus caught in Italy [in May].”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Marcell Jacobs the star to watch in Stockholm

Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be the star to watch at the Stockholm Diamond League that will be held on Thursday (30) at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 27 year-old picked an injury in Savona which forced him to pull out of the Oslo and at his home meet in Rome as he looks to claim a first career Diamond Trophy this season

Jacobs who is now back to fitness and making his Diamond debut will face the 2018 European silver medallist, Reece Prescod and Africa’s second fastest man Akani Simbine.

Marcell Jacobs to Light Up 100m In Oslo

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be looking to get valuable Diamond League points on the board when he lines up in the 100m at Oslo’s Bislett Games on June 16th.

Jacobs, 27, is hoping to claim a first ever Diamond Trophy this year after stunning the world with a gold-medal winning European record of 9.80 at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The Italian remains in fine form, having charged to gold in the 60m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade two months ago. One major title which still eludes him is the Diamond Trophy, but Jacobs looks set to launch a serious title charge this year, having already signed up to run in Oslo and at his home meeting in Rome.

In June, he will be the first 100m Olympic champion to compete at the Oslo Diamond League since Usain Bolt broke the meeting record there with 9.79 in 2012, famously crashing into a flower girl just after he crossed the finish line.

Source: diamondleague.com

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.

Ferdinard Omanyala: I am coming for you, Marcell Jacobs and Christian Coleman

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala is rearing to dethrone the two best runners in the world as he plans a show of a life time at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, 2022, at the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 26 year-old will face off the Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and the defending champion and world indoor 60m record-holder, Christian Coleman from the United States.

Omanyala set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting four weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and two weeks later he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60 seconds.

The Kenyan Indoor National Record holder in 60m went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place with Jacobs taking the honors.

Omanyala smashed the Stadium Record at the third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting event that was held at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday (5) in Nairobi with a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds.

Speaking exclusively to Athletics News, Omanyala was full of energy and ready to face the Jacobs and Coleman. “My body is great shape right now and my plan is to show the two my worth at this world stage, I have studied their races and learned on how to counter them and beat them at their own game, said Omanyala.

“I had problem with my pick up from the block which was slow but the outing and performance in France has given me enough confidence. My coach (Ducan Ayiemba) has taken me through pick sessions and with his great input and technical knowhow, I think am ready for the World stage not just for appearance but to introduce Kenya sprinting dominance to the world,” Omanyala added.

The soft spoken but tough in training coach said, “I have done what is supposed to be done from my end and I have full confidence in his capacity that he will perform well”.

Omanyala will battle the Italian who is determined to become the first reigning Olympic 100m champion to claim the world indoor 60m race.

Jacobs, who is the Italian 60m record holder, came to the International scene at the 2021 European Indoor Championships where he took the honors in a blistering time of 6:47. He suffered his first false start disqualification of his career in the Belgrade Indoor Meeting early March this year but the member of the Tokyo gold medal-winning 4 × 100 m relay, has won nine out of nine 60m races that he has started this season.

Coleman the double medallist at the World Athletics Championships in 2017, also winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relay in the same year, will targeting to become the second man to win the title back-to-back after Bruny Surin from Canada who won it in1993 in Toronto and in Barcelona in 1995.

Africa game 100m champion Arthur Cisse, will also be on the start line after equaling his Ivorian record of 6.53 in Metz last month.

Ferdinand Omanyala breaks the National Record AGAIN

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala continued his perfect form of attacking the 60m Kenyan National Record as he lowered it again for the third time at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that was held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

The 26-year-old set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting two weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and last week he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60.

Omanyala went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place.

The race was won by reigning Olympic 100m champion Marcell Lamont Jacobs who clocked 6:50 and was followed by United States Cravont Charleston who clocked 6.52 with Elijah Hall closing the podium three finishes with a personal best of 6.57.

Marcell Jacobs runs away with his third Indoor victory

Reigning Olympic 100m champion Marcell Lamont Jacobs from won his third 60m indoor race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that was held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

The defending champion, who had clocked the fastest time in the heats with 6.53, took the honors in 6.50 seconds. This win follows his victories in Berlin in 6.51 and Lodz in 6.49.

“Thank you Liévin. I enjoy competing here. The crowd is fantastic. The track is very good. I want to return next year. Nothing has changed since my Olympic title. I train every day to reach my best form for the World Championships. I am not totally happy with my race. It’s always good to win against strong rivals, but today I felt better than last week and I thought that I could run faster” said Jacobs.

United States Cravont Charleston backed up his good period of form when he crossed the line in second in a personal best of 6.52. Elijah Hall closed the podium finishes with a personal best of 6.57.

Ferdinand Omanyala to battle Olympic 100m champion in Lievin

Kenya Indoor Record holder, Ferdinand Omanyala will battle Olympic 100m champion, Marcell Jacobs at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

The 26 years-old clocked 6.60 seconds to win the men’s 60m dash at the Metz Monselle meeting in France last week.

It was the second time Omanyala was breaking the record in a span of seven days.

The Africa’s fastest man broke the National Record for the first time at Meeting Elite de Miramas Indoor when won in the fastest time of 6.63 seconds breaking the 17-year-old national record of 6.70 second that had been set by Paulvince Obuon.

“I am taking each race as a lesson and trying to do my best at every event, So far so good. I have a lot that rectify as I prepare for the bigger events ahead of me, World Championships and Indoor games,” said Omanyala

Jacobs is the defending champion and he heads to Lievin after two victories this year one in Berlin where he pulled6.51 seconds and the other in Lodz where he won in a time of 6.49.

Another title contender is the United States World indoor bronze medallist, Ronnie Baker who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 6.40 which he got at in Birmingham in 2018.