Usain Bolt beware : Fred Kerley makes sensational 100m promise

Usain Bolt beware : Fred Kerley makes sensational 100m promise

Mark Kinyanjui 15:36 - 15.05.2024

Fred Kerley has made a sensational promise with regards Usain Bolt's 100m record the next time he tries the race.

Former World 100m champion Fred Kerley has made a jaw-dropping promise on the 100m race the next time he steps foot on an 100m track.

Kerley has had a relatively underwhelming start to the season. The 29-year-old started his Diamond League campaign at the meeting in Xiamen where he finished second behind Christian Coleman.

Kerley then proceeded to the Diamond League Meeting in Suzhou/Shanghai where he finished third behind South Africa’s Akani Simbine who won the race and Coleman who finished second.

He once again finished second in the 200m race behind Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes who won the race in 19.96. Kerley finished second in a time of 20.17 seconds with Frenchman Pablo Mateo completing the podium after clocking 20.20 seconds.

Despite this torrid run of form, Kerley took to social media and appeared to express nonchalance at his record, going as far as pledging to break Usain Bolt’s world record the next time he takes part in the short race.

“World record next time I touch the 100m,” Kerley wrote on his X-formerly Twitter- page.

This remark could be sarcastic and unrealistic. Kerley’s best ever record is the 9.76, which makes him the sixth fastest man in history over the straightaway sprint, behind Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin and joint with Christian Coleman and Trayvon Bromell.

However, it is still a stretch, as it is nearly a whole 0.2 seconds behind Bolt’s record breaking 9.58 seconds that he ran at the World Championships in Beijing, Germany in 2009.

Earlier this season, Kerley made his debut in the indoor races, competing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and finishing fourth in the race.

He proceeded to win the 100m races outdoor at the Hurricane Invitational and also won the Hurricane Alumni Invitational.

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