When Fred Kerley looks at the tattoo on his arm, it immediately reminds him of his Aunt, who raised him and his brothers in Taylor, Texas, after his father's jail sentence. Fred is always inspired to be the greatest of what he can be because he missed many privileges growing up.
That's what Kerley did on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon, at Hayward Field. Kerley won the 100m title by a hair's breadth, defeating fellow countrymen Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Brommel 9.86 seconds, 0.02 seconds faster than both. Kerley's lean earned him the victory and gave the Americans a podium sweep.
This victory is redemption to the United States men's sprinting team after a disappointing record in last summer's Tokyo Olympics, where Bromell failed to make the semifinals. The 4x100 relay team was ousted in the opening round and went home without a single medal.
Kerley, a quiet 27-year-old, saw the victory as the latest pinnacle of his career.
The star was preparing to run in the 400m, a race he had completed earlier and was ranked eighth in the world as the fastest man. However, in an unexpected change, he shifted to the 100m and earned an Olympic silver medal. He is the Champion this year, emerging the greatest ahead of the rest.
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