American sprint legend reveals quality about Fred Kerley that makes him an exceptional sprinter

American sprint legend reveals quality about Fred Kerley that makes him an exceptional sprinter

Abigael Wafula 20:30 - 24.06.2024

The legend singled out a quality he loves about Fred Kerley after the American qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, finishing third behind Noah Lyles and Kenny Bednarek.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson has disclosed the quality that Fred Kerley possesses that helps him overcome challenges.

The Olympic Games 100m silver medallist has had quite a tough season, despite starting his season with back to back wins at the Hurricane Invitational Meet and the Hurricane Alumni Invitational but things started going sour after when he debuted in the Diamond League.

He started his campaign at the meeting in Xiamen, finishing second before finishing third at the Diamond League Meeting in Suzhou.

The three-time world champion was then confirmed for the USATF NYC Grand Prix but did not start the race after confusion where after the meet, him and his main sponsor Asics mutually part ways one year into his sponsorship. Kerley signed with Asics in February 2023 when his contract with Nike expired at the end of 2022.

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Since then, Kerley had not competed but he bounced back at the US Olympic trials to make the men’s 100m team to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, something that has impressed Johnson. The American legend observed that the 29-year-old has enough confidence when things are going on well on his side and he always shows up when it matters.

“Fred is the biggest mystery here. Supreme confidence when things going well. Currently, it’s not, so not sure of his confidence level. Not good coming into a champs with upheaval like he’s had. But Fred is one of few athletes with ability to turn it around when needed,” Johnson tweeted.

Meanwhile, Kerley will also be looking to make the team in the men’s 200m, noting that his season just started at the Olympic trials. At the US trials, Kerley sported luxury brand Oakley apparel and Nike spikes.