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Fred Kerley: Top 10 fastest timings of the athlete in the men’s 100 m

Fredrick Lee Kerley is an American professional track and field sprinter who started his career competing in the 400 (till 2020). After 2020, he began competing in the 100 & 200 meters as well. He has earned several medals at the World Championships in the 400 m and 4 × 400 m relay including an individual bronze and a relay gold at the 2019 edition. Kerley claimed 100 m gold in the 2022 edition.

His personal best time of 43.64 seconds makes him the eighth fastest man in history over 400 m. During the pandemic, Kerley chose to focus on the 100 m during the Olympic cycle. This helped him to improve his basic speed for future attempts at a sub-43 400 m. The decision to move down paid off as he won the silver medal in the 100 m at the Tokyo Olympics. His personal best time of 9.76 seconds makes him the sixth fastest man in history over the straightaway sprint. Kerley is one of only 3 men along with Michael Norman and Wayde van Niekerk to go sub-10 seconds in 100 m. He also has sub-20 seconds in 200 m and sub-44 seconds in 400 m.

Career Arch of Fred Kerley

Kerley started out with the dream to represent the United States in the Olympics. However, on the first attempt, he could not qualify for the heats. But he went on to represent the United States at the NACAC Under-23 Championships where he anchored the 4 × 100 meters relay team to gold. In March 2017, he won the 400 m at the NCAA Division I Championships in a world-leading time of 44.85 s. A few weeks later in June 2017, Kerley won the 400 m at the USATF Championships in 44.03 seconds, qualifying to represent the United States in both the 400 m and the 4 × 400 m relay at the World Championships in Athletics. However, in the finals, he could not get the prized medal as he came seventh.

In 2018, Kerley came back from an injury to win the Diamond League trophy in the men’s 400 meters. Kerley started his 2021 season at the Tropical Park Elite Sprints Meet in Florida with a pair of personal bests in the 100 m. He clocked around 10.15 secs and 10.11 secs in the tournament. Kerley achieved his first sub-10 in the 100 m at the TRUfit Classic in Miami. In the finals, he won with a time of 9.91 secs. In May, he won the men’s 100 m in 9.96 s at the Golden Spike in Ostrava. This performance saw him defeat the then-Olympic champion, Justin Gatlin.

Kerley again came back for the Olympic trials after a gap of 5 years. This time he broke all records. Fred Kerley becomes the 3rd athlete to join the “Sub 10s, 20s, 44s club for the 100m, 200m & 400m sprints”. In 2022, Kerley won his individual maiden gold medal at the World Championship. Fred has already an Olympic Silver against his name. In the upcoming Paris Olympics, he will try to clinch the coveted gold medal.

What are the top ten best runs of Fred Kerley in men’s 100 m?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (USA)24 JUN 20229.761
Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (USA)24 JUN 20229.771
World Athletics Championships (USA)15 JUL 20229.791
Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (USA)23 JUN 20229.831
The XXXII Olympic Games (Japan)01 AUG 20219.842
U.S. Olympic Trials (USA)20 JUN 20219.863
World Athletics Championships (USA)16 JUL 20229.861
Weltklasse (Switzerland)09 SEP 20219.871
Seiko Golden Grand Prix (Japan21 MAY 20239.881
TRUFit Athletics Sprint Classic (USA)24 APR 20219.911

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