World Athletics Championships: Fred Kerley leads American clean sweep in men’s 100m

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Fred Kerley is one of only three men to have broken 10 seconds in the 100m, 20 seconds in the 200m and 44 seconds in the 400m.

America's Fred Kerley celebrates after winning gold at World Athletics Championships.

America’s Fred Kerley celebrates after winning gold at World Athletics Championships. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • America’s Fred Kerley had won silver at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Marvin Bracy took silver at the World Athletics Championships
  • Trayvon Bromell settled for bronze at the World Athletics Championships

American Fred Kerley led the US clean sweep in the World Athletics Championships as he won the men’s 100m gold in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, Kerley, clocked 9.86 seconds. Marvin Bracy took silver and Trayvon Bromell settled for bronze, both in 9.88 seconds, but Bracy edged it by two thousandths of a second for a third-ever 100m clean sweep after 1983 and 1991.

It was Carl Lewis who had led clean sweeps in 1983 and 1991. Notably, no nation has managed it since.

“I said we were going to do it and we did it – USA, baby,” Kerley was quoted as saying in a trackside interview.

Kerley had posted the year’s leading time and a personal best of 9.76 on the same Eugene track when winning the American trials in June. His 9.79 on Friday was the fastest-ever World Championships heat time. He is now the only man to have won both 100m and 400m, having finished third over one lap in 2019.

Kerley is one of only three men to have broken 10 seconds in the 100m, 20 seconds in the 200m and 44 seconds in the 400m. The other two are South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk and America’s Michael Norman.

For Trayvon Bromell, who is the second-fastest in the world this year, the bronze medal could be considered as a consolation after he failed to make the final at the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, Jamaican Oblique Seville finished fourth in 9.97.

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