Fred Kerley leads US clean sweep in men's 100m, won a gold medal

By Rek Hanibal Published on July 17, 2022
Fred Kerley leads US clean sweep in men's 100m, won a gold medal

The 27-year-old, who won Olympic silver last year, won in 9.86 seconds as Marvin Bracy edged out Trayvon Bromell for silver on reaction time in Eugene.

It is the first time any nation has won all three medals in the world 100m since the United States in 1991.

"I know today opened up many doors for me," said Kerley.

"The future is bright for me."

Former 400m runner Kerley only dropped down to the shorter sprint distance in 2021, having won 400m bronze and 4x400m relay gold in 2019.

His silver-medal-winning performance in Tokyo came on his major championship debut over 100m, and less than a year later, he was world champion.

On Friday, he set the fastest heat time recorded in World Championship history with his 9.79-second effort but left it late in the final to dip over the line 0.02 seconds ahead of his compatriots.

The last US clean sweep of the 100m podium came 31 years ago and featured Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell and Dennis Mitchell in Tokyo. Lewis led the previous occurrence, alongside Calvin Smith and Emmit King, in Helsinki in 1983.

"It's amazing to be among the greats; they did it in 1991, we did in 2022," said Kerley.

"This is history; to be part of something that has only happened three times ever just means the world to me."

Rek Hanibal

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