Fred Kerley Parts Ways With Asics After Chaotic New York Grand Prix

Fred Kerley Parts Ways With Asics After Chaotic New York Grand Prix

Edwin Kiplagat
June 10, 2024 at 6:29 PM
  • American sprinter, Fred Kerley, has parted ways with Asics after the 2024 New York Grand Prix on Sunday, June 9
  • The former 100m world champion was expected to take part in the 100m but couldn't due to what he said was faulty blocks
  • Kerley was spotted wearing Puma spikes at the meet, raising questions about the status of his sponsorship with Asics

Former 100m world champion Fred Kerley has parted ways with Asics after the New York City Grand Prix on Sunday, June 9.

The American sprinter was seen wearing Puma spikes on the track before chaotic moments followed him.

Fred Kerley, Asics, Puma, New York Grand Prix, USA Olympics trials, World Athletics
Fred Kerley has struggled to reach top form in the last few months. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
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On Sunday, he was spotted wearing Puma spikes and appeared to struggle to get out of the blocks twice before it was declared an official did not start (DNS).

The Olympic silver medalist clarified his situation at the meet.

"As a veteran, they was just taking too long," Kerley said. "I was asking them a question for some new blocks. One of my pads was broken. I slipped the first time and then I slipped the second time. It was not about to happen a third time," via Flo Track.

Kerley caught the attention of fans by wearing orange Puma spikes. The 29-year-old then explained that he did not switch sponsors.

"I ain't switched it up," he said. "I left my bag at the airport."

According to Citius Mag, Kerley signed with Asics in February 2023 after his contract with Nike ended in late 2022. He is now a free agent, and it remains to be seen who will sign him.

He is looking to improve his performances ahead of the US Olympic trials later this month. His season's bests are 10.11 seconds in the 100m and 20.17 seconds in the 200m.

Kerley loses car in robbery

Sports Brief also reported on Kerley losing his car in a robbery in Miami in October 2023.

The sprinter lost a silver Audi S5, after a group of thieves took it from the driveway of his home.

Kerley eliminated from worlds

Sports Brief also reported on Kerley getting knocked out of the 2023 World Athletics Championships after failing to qualify for the finals.

The American finished third in the third heat of the semi-final with a time of 10.02 seconds. Jamaica's Oblique Seville won the heat.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.