When Usain Bolt Aimed Dig at American Magazine After Fred Kerley Failed to Break His Record

When Usain Bolt Aimed Dig at American Magazine After Fred Kerley Failed to Break His Record

Martin Moses
June 6, 2023 at 9:33 AM
  • Last year, Usain Bolt took time to remind the world of his record in the 100 metres after another championship passed with no one breaking it
  • Fred Kerley had been touted by American magazines to break Bolt's record, which he set in 2009, but he finished with a time of 9.86 seconds
  • Kerley led an American 1-2-3 finish at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon

Usain Bolt took to his Twitter account last year to remind the world that he is still the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen.

USA Track and Field Magazine FloTrack had pipped Fred Kerley to break Usain Bolt's long-standing record in the 100-metre race ahead of the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Kerley is part of the new generation of sprinters that have taken over since Bolt left the scene. He stormed to victory in the finals in Oregon with a time of 9.86 seconds.

This was, however, way below Bolt's record of 9.58 seconds, which he set at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin. No one, not even Bolt himself, has come close to beating that record.

Usain Bolt, World Record, FloTrack, Fred Kerley, 9.58, Oregon
Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 100 Metres Final World Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2009 where he set a new World Record. Photo by Mark Dadswell.
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Prior to the 2022 finals, FloTrack had tweeted:

"Usain Bolt's World Record Has Just 24 Hours Left, Thanks To Fred Kerley."

Bolt seemingly did not take the sentiments lightly and responded with an image of his hand on his mouth in what appeared to be a message saying, 'My record is here to stay'.

The now 36-year-old was possibly rooting for Jamaican athletes, but America completed a clean sweep with Marvin-Brazy Williams and Trayvon Bromell finishing behind Kerley. Oblique Seville from Jamaica finished in fourth place.

Usain Bolt embraces Noah Lyles

Sports Brief also reported on Noah Lyles obliterating his competitors to set a new World Lead time this season in the 200-metre race at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Lyles, whose top-end speed has often been devastating, featured in his second 200-metre event this season as he seeks to defend his title at the World Athletics Championships later this year.

Among the fans in Kingston was the legendary Usain Bolt, who stood up to embrace the World Champion. The sprint legend is the world record holder, having run 19.19 seconds back in 2009.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)