American Fred Kerley cramps up in 200-meter semifinal, takes sixth at track world championships

EUGENE, Ore. – World 100m champion Fred Kerley will have no chance of two individual medals at the World Championships after slowing down midway through his 200m semi-final due to a cramp and finishing sixth.

The American, once a 400m specialist who moved in the distance ahead of last year’s Olympics, held his left Achilles tendon Tuesday night after crossing the finish line.

Kerley won the 100 in 9.86 seconds and was set to lead the Americans in the 4×100 relay this weekend. He is not excluded.

His departure opens up a less challenging path for Noah Lyles, the defending champion, 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton and frontrunner Kenny Bednarek, all of whom have moved up. The trio led three times, led by Lyles with 19.62 seconds.

Later on Tuesday, Alison Dos Santos of Brazil rode down the home straight to claim the 400m hurdles title.

The underdog, even if he had the fastest time and number 1, Dos Santos held off a decorated field that included the world record holder. Dos Santos finished the race in a championship record time of 46.29 seconds. Americans Rai Benjamin and Trevor Bassitt won silver and bronze.

Olympic champion and world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway struggled with hamstring problems and didn’t have his typical kick at the finish. He finished seventh.

After crossing the finish line, Dos Santos bowed twice to the cheering crowd. He broke Kevin Young’s world championship record set in Germany in 1993 in 47.18 seconds. Dos Santos won bronze behind Warholm and Benjamin at last summer’s Tokyo games.

It was indeed a night full of surprises when Jake Wightman of Great Britain won the 1500m. He looked incredulous as he crossed the finish line in front of Olympic champion and huge favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway.

“Crazy,” Wightman said.

Wightman finished the race in 3 minutes and 29.23 seconds. His win broke a streak of five consecutive 1,500 world titles by Kenyan runners. Spaniard Mohamed Katir flew down the home stretch to take home bronze.

The Jamaican women are poised for another sprint sweep after qualifying for the 200 finals three times. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah – the closing order of the 100 – have all advanced. Jackson had the fastest time of 21.67.

It was an easy night on the course for the medal favorites in the women’s 400 hurdles. Olympic champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin, defending champion Dalilah Muhammad and Olympic bronze medalist Femke Bol from the Netherlands easily won their preliminary rounds.

“This event has become one of the main focuses in recent years,” said Muhammad. “It could be any of our days. So we’ll just see how it goes.”

Other winners included Australia’s Eleanor Patterson in the women’s high jump and Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia in the men’s discus throw.

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/34269961/american-fred-kerley-cramps-200-meter-semifinal-takes-sixth-track-world-championships American Fred Kerley cramps up in 200-meter semifinal, takes sixth at track world championships

Emma Bowman

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