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Fred Kerley, U.S. 400m champ, concentrates on different events at Olympic Trials

Fred Kerley

USA’s Fred Kerley reacts after winning the men’s 100m race at the IAAF Golden Spike 2021 Athletics meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on May 19, 2021. - USA’s Fred Kerley won the race ahead of his compatriot Justin Gatlin and Canada’s Andre de Grasse (3rd). (Photo by Michal CIZEK / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Fred Kerley, the U.S. champion and world bronze medalist in the 400m, will instead concentrate on the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Trials that start Friday, according to his social media.

Kerley is listed as “scratched” from the 400m for the Trials, indicating he does not plan to race the event.

Kerley, 26, turned heads in April by clocking personal bests at 100m (9.91 seconds) and 200m (20.24).

On May 19, he ran the 100m and 200m at a meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, after which he said his plan was to race the 400m at Trials.

On May 28, Kerley finished third in a 400m in a Diamond League meet in Doha won by countryman Michael Norman, the world’s fastest 400m sprinter in this Olympic cycle. Colombian Anthony Zambrano, the world silver medalist was second.

Kerley ranks fourth in the world this year at 100m, 23rd in the 200m and eighth in the 400m.

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