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Fred Kerley officially the fastest man in the world as USA dominate World Championships 100m

Give Me Sport logo Give Me Sport 17/07/2022 Rob Hoskin

Fred Kerley is the fastest man in the world after leading USA to a 1-2-3 in the 100m at the World Athletics Championships.

Kerley took gold in 9.86 seconds, beating both Marvin Bracy and the 2021 U.S. champion, Trayvon Bromell. The difference between second and third was just 0.002.

But it represented a clean sweep podium finish for the hosts – the first time that has happened since 1991.

Kerley didn’t get off to a great start in Lane four next to Bracy, who had a lead with about 40 meters to go. But Kerley recovered and powered through the line to pip Bracy leaned at the finish with Bromell in the photo finish too.

VIDEO: Fred Kerley wins World Athletics Championships 100m

“We said we were going to do it and we did it,” Kerley said while the Eugene crowd chanted “USA! USA! USA!”

“It’s amazing to be around the greats,” Kerley said, per ESPN. “They did it in ’91, and now we did it in ’22.”

Kerley had run 9.79 in the heats and when asked about that time after winning the final, he replied: “Because they had to go to sleep thinking about that 9.7. I didn’t.”

Kerley, 27, hit a PB of 9.76 on this track just a few weeks ago.

Kerley only started targeting the 100m in the build-up to last year’s Olympics and, explaining his decision, he said that he wanted to become the fastest man on the planet.

“At the end of the day, nobody really comes to watch anything besides ‘The Fastest Man in the World,'” he said. “So if you ask me what I want to be, I want to be the Fastest Man in the World.”

And now he is.

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Runner-up, Bracy, had attempted to reach the NFL as a talented American footballer earlier in his career but it’s turned out pretty well in the end.

“I went to play football for three years, obviously that didn’t work out,” Bracy said. “So to come back to do this, it just means everything.”

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Third-place Bromell was the favourite at the Tokyo Olympics but failed to make it to the finals. He hopes this earned back some respect both for himself and the USA team.

“A lot of people didn’t expect us to do this, obviously from what happened to me in Tokyo,” said Bromell. “So we just hope we gained some respect tonight.”

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Leroy Burrell, who picked up silver in USA’s previous clean sweep in 1991 alongside Carl Lewis and Dennis Mitchell wasn’t surprised to see the feat repeated.

“It’s amazing,” said Burrell. “And honestly, I wouldn’t have expected less from the group. This is one of the best groups of U.S. sprinters we’ve had in years.”

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