American Fred Kerley led a US clean sweep as he stormed to victory in the men’s 100m at the World Championships in Oregon on Saturday
Kerley, in lane four, trailed Marvin Bracy for 95 metres of the tight race but managed to out dip his teammate for victory in 9.86 seconds at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
Bracy took silver in 9.88sec, and Trayvon Bromell claimed bronze at the same time for a third-ever 100m world championship clean sweep for the United States after 1983 and 1991.
The fourth of the strong US quartet, Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion from Doha in 2019 who was banned from the Tokyo Olympics for missing three doping tests, finished sixth (10.01) despite an electric start.
“We said we were going to do it and we did! USA, baby!” Olympic silver medallist Kerley said to roars of approval and applause from a partisan home crowd.
“I didn’t know until I looked up and saw the clock with my name ‘Fred Kerley’ on it,” added Kerley, whose path to gold was made easier by the withdrawal of Italy’s Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs earlier Saturday.
“It means a lot and I’ve done something not many 400m runners have done,” Kerley said, adding: “I know today opened up many doors for me. The future is bright for me