Fred Kerley addresses beef with Marcel Jacobs

Fred Kerley addresses beef with Marcel Jacobs

Abigael Wafula 16:30 - 26.04.2024

Fred Kerley has responded to concerns about his beef with reigning Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs.

The 2022 World 100m champion Fred Kerley has addressed his long-time beef with reigning Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs.

During the pre-race press conference ahead of the Diamond League Meeting in Shanghai/Suzhou, China, a journalist asked Kerley about his beef with Jacobs and the American answered that he is no longer worried about the Italian.

After they both exited the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, they are yet to clash. Kerley has already competed in three races, going unbeaten twice and finishing second in the other race.

He opened the season with wins at the Hurricane Invitational and Hurricane Alumni Invitational. The American was then beaten to second place at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen with Christian Coleman taking the crown.

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Kerley now has focus on the Diamond League Meeting in Suzhou, China, where he intends to bounce back to winning ways. Meanwhile, Jacobs will also be making his season debut this weekend at the East Coast Relays on Saturday 27 April in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m not worried about anyone…I’m in my zone and just worried about me. I really don’t care about him,” Kerley answered in a pre-race interview.

The beef between the duo dates back to early last season when Kerley hit out at Jacobs, saying he fears competing outdoors.

“Indoor is indoor. The real dogs come and play outdoor.” Kerley was then asked if Jacobs is “a real dog.” “I don’t think so. I’m just going to be truthful,” Kerley said.

Jacobs appeared to respond with recent Instagram stories captioned “The lion doesn’t turn around when a small dog barks” and “Easy run today so as not to scare small dogs.”

He then added: “Whenever you want and wherever you want, but remember that when it mattered more it ended like this.”

Kerley then tweeted at the account for the Diamond League, the sport’s premier international circuit, saying “make it happen I want 1v1 no one else just him. Him alone.”