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Fredrick Lee Kerley (born May 7, 1995) is an American track and field sprinter specializing in the 400 meters for Nike. Over 400 m he is the 2018 champion in the professional Diamond League circuit, and twice the American champion, having won in 2017 and in 2019. Fred set his personal best time at the 2019 USA Championships, finishing in 43.64 seconds, making him the eighth fastest man in history over 400 m.[4]

Fred Kerley
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Personal information
Full nameFredrick Lee Kerley
NationalityAmerican
Born (1995-05-07) May 7, 1995 (age 24)
Taylor, Texas, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg)[1]
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprints
College team
TeamNike
Turned pro2017
Coached by
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

BiographyEdit

Kerley attended Taylor High School and his youth team was the College Station Sprinters in College Station, Texas. Afterwards he attended South Plains College from 2013 to 2015 before transferring to Texas A&M.

In 2016, Fred Kerley tried out for the Olympic team at the USA Olympic Trials.[5] He did not qualify out of his heat, but he went on to represent the United States at the NACAC Under-23 Championships where he anchored the 4 × 100 meters relay team to gold.[6]

In March 2017, he won the 400 m at the NCAA Division I Championships in a world leading time of 44.85 s, one of the top ten fastest indoor times ever. He joined his younger brother Mylik Kerley as he anchored the Aggies to a come from behind victory in the 4 × 400 m relay. The two first place finishes contributed 20 points to the team, helping bring Texas A&M to their first ever team victory at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, run on their home track. In May, Kerley ran 44.09 s, just 0.09 s off the NCAA record, while easing to the finish line at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships in Columbia, South Carolina.[7] A few weeks later Kerley set the NCAA record in the men's 400 m at the 2017 NCAA West Preliminary with a time of 43.70 s, taking three-tenths of a second off the 44.00 record by Olympic champion Quincy Watts, set almost 25 years earlier.[8][9] Kerley had met Watts just before the race.[10] He concluded his amateur career to win the 400 m and 4 × 400 m relay at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships in June.

A few weeks later in June 2017, he won the 400 m at the USA Championships in 44.03 seconds, qualifying him to represent the United States in the both the 400 m and the 4 × 400 m relay at the World Championships in Athletics. After winning his heat he finished third in his semi, but qualified for the final on time.[11] In the final he was unable to replicate his form from earlier in the season, finishing seventh in a time of 45.23 s. He came back a day later to help the USA qualify for the finals in the relay, and then a few days later earned a silver medal behind Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2018, Fred Kerley came off an injury to win the Diamond League trophy in the men's 400 meters.[12]

After Kerley turned professional in 2017 he joined club ALTIS in Phoenix, Arizona, and trained there under the guidance of Kevin Tyler for the 2018 season.[13] However, in 2019 he returned to Texas A&M to train under his former coach Alleyne Francique, stating to Track & Field News "I believe in him so much that I had to come back to train with him."[1]

StatisticsEdit

Information from IAAF profile or Track & Field Results Reporting System unless otherwise noted.[14][2][3]

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Competition Venue Date Notes
400 m 43.64 USA Championships Des Moines, Iowa, USA July 27, 2019
400 m indoor 44.85 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas, USA March 11, 2017 Indoor WL[15]
200 m 20.24 Anniversary Games London, England July 9, 2017 −0.7 m/s wind
200 m indoor 20.58 Razorback Invitational Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA January 27, 2017
100 m 10.49 UTEP Springtime Invitational El Paso, Texas, USA March 21, 2015 −0.3 m/s wind, A
4×400 m relay 2:56.69 World Championships Doha, Qatar October 6, 2019 WL
4×400 m relay indoor 3:01.97 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England March 4, 2018
4×200 m relay 1:21.11 Texas Relays Austin, Texas, USA April 2, 2016
4×100 m relay 38.63 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador July 16, 2017

400 m seasonal bestsEdit

Year Time Venue Date
2014 46.38 Mesa, Arizona, USA May 16
2015 47.15 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA March 7
2016 45.10 Tempe, Arizona, USA April 9
2017 43.70 Austin, Texas, USA May 26
2018 44.33 Rome, Italy May 31
2019 43.64 Des Moines, Iowa, USA July 27

International championship resultsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Representing the   United States
2016 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 3rd (semi 2) 200 m 21.17 +0.7 m/s wind, q[note 1]
1st 4×100 m relay 38.63 PB
2017 World Championships London, England 7th 400 m 45.23
2nd 4×400 m relay 2:58.61 PB
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 2nd 4×400 m relay 3:01.97 PB
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan DQ 4×400 m relay Teammate lane violation
World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 400 m 44.17
1st 4×400 m relay 2:56.69 WL, PB

National championship resultsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Representing the South Plains College Texans
2014 NJCAA Division I Championships Mesa, Arizona 6th 400 m 46.84
2nd 4×400 m relay 3:05.86
USA Junior Championships Eugene, Oregon 8th 400 m 47.49 [16]
2015 NJCAA Indoor Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 2nd 400 m 47.15 SB
2nd 4×400 m relay 3:12.56
NJCAA Division I Championships Hutchinson, Kansas 11th 400 m 47.81
3rd (semi 1) 4×400 m relay 3:11.75 q[note 2][17]
Representing the Texas A&M Aggies
2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships Birmingham, Alabama 8th 4×400 m relay 3:07.49
NCAA Division I Championships Eugene, Oregon 13th 400 m 45.99
DNF (semi 1) 4×100 m relay [18]
4th 4×400 m relay 3:03.94
USA Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 27th 400 m 46.70 [19]
2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas 1st 400 m 44.85 WL, PB[15]
1st 4×400 m relay 3:02.80
NCAA Division I Championships Eugene, Oregon 1st 400 m 44.10
4th 4×100 m relay 38.72 SB
1st 4×400 m relay 2:59.98
USA Championships Sacramento, California 1st 400 m 44.03 [20]
Representing Nike
2018 USA Indoor Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 5th 400 m 45.63 A[21]
2019 USA Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 400 m 43.64 PB

400 m circuit winsEdit

Representing Nike

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Qualified for the final, but did not start (DNS) in the final.
  2. ^ South Plains placed third in the final, but it is not clear from the Track & Field Results Reporting System who ran for the team in the final.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Jeff Hollobaugh (April 12, 2019). "T&FN Interview – Fred Kerley, World No. 1 in the 400". trackandfieldnews.com. Track & Field News. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "FRED KERLEY TEXAS A&M". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "FRED KERLEY SOUTH PLAINS". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Records & Lists – All Time Top Lists – Senior Outdoor 400 Metres Men". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Jennifer Kendall (July 1, 2016). "Taylor track star competing for spot on U.S. Olympic team". fox7austin.com. FOX 7 Austin. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Christy Millweard (August 14, 2016). "Taylor track star sets goal for 2020 Olympics". kvue.com. KVUE. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Jon Mulkeen (May 14, 2017). "Kerley flies to 44.09 400m clocking at SEC Championships". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Dennis Young (May 26, 2017). "WATCH: Fred Kerley Destroys Collegiate 400m Record In 43.70". flotrack.org. FloTrack. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Texas A&M's Fred Kerley Runs 43.70 400m to Crush Quincy Watts' NCAA Record – (Video)". letsrun.com. LetsRun.com. May 12, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Taylor Dutch (June 5, 2017). "Record-Holders Quincy Watts, Fred Kerley Connect in 400m 'Pain Business'". flotrack.org. FloTrack. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Texas A&M's Fred Kerley qualifies for 400m final at IAAF World Championships". kbtx.com. KBTX. August 6, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Nick Zaccardi (August 30, 2018). "Noah Lyles matches Usain Bolt feat in Speed Racer socks". nbcsports.com. NBC. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Cathal Dennehy (December 23, 2018). "After solid 2018 campaign, Kerley ready to take the next step as Doha approaches". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "FRED KERLEY ATHLETE PROFILE". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Jon Mulkeen (March 12, 2017). "COLEMAN SPEEDS TO SPRINT DOUBLE AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships – Complete Results". usatf.org. USATF. July 6, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "National Junior College Championships – Men's 4 x 400 Relay Preliminaries". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. May 16, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships – Men's 4 x 100 Relay". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. June 11, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field – Results". usatf.org. USATF. July 10, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "2017 USATF Championships – 6/22/2017 to 6/25/2017 – Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif. – Results". usatf.org. USATF. June 25, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "2018 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships – Results". usatf.org. USATF. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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