24th April 2021 – Starting the season with a 100m PB of 10.49 seconds, Fred Kerley (USA) would not have been the first name on many people’s lips when looking for the next sub 10 second performer.
However, having already set four PB’s over the distance in the past month, Fred arrived at the Trufit Series meeting in Florida looking to achieve exactly that. After winning his heat in 10.16 seconds, Fred then blitzed the final and stormed across the line in 9.91 seconds for a huge new PB and a 2021 World Lead. In that moment, Fred also became only the third man in history to break 10 seconds for the 100m AND 44 seconds for the 400m.
At the USATF Grand Prix in Oregon, another 100m winner was Trayvon Bromell (USA). He also dominated both his heat and final, winning the final by over a 1/10th of a second with a time 10.01 seconds ahead of world 200m champion Noah Lyles. Jenna Prandini (USA) produced two consistent runs that earned her fourth place in the 100m in 11.22 seconds (11.20 in her heat) and Matthew Hudson-Smith (GBR) was just outside his season’s best when taking sixth place in the 400m.
Shamier Little (USA) made a very rare outing over 800m but once again showed not only her great shape but also her fighting qualities as she held on for victory in 2:04.79. This was off the back of a 57.5 second opening half and although challenged in the home straight Shamier was not to be denied the win.