The 2022 world champion in the 100m, the American Fred Kerley, announced Monday that he was changing coaches to join his compatriot Quincy Watts, 1992 Olympic champion in the 400m, in Los Angeles, hoping to shine at the Paris Games in 2024.
“Choosing change is always risky, even more so in an Olympic year. But I felt the need to bet on myself (...) and that meant seeking advice from COACH WATTS,” writes Kerley on his social networks.
“I trust him to find the best version of myself for the most important season of my career,” adds the 28-year-old sprinter.
Former 400m runner, world bronze medalist in 2019, Kerley reached the pinnacle of sprinting with a 100m world title in 2022 in Eugene (Oregon, United States), accompanied by Grenadian coach Alleyne Francique.
In 2021, he won Olympic silver behind the Italian Marcell Jacobs, who also announced on Monday that he was choosing a new coach, the American Rana Reider in Jacksonville (Florida, United States).
Like Jacobs, Kerley had a disappointing season with an elimination in the 100m semi-finals at the World Championships in Budapest in August. He still won the 4x100m relay.
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Watts won the 400m and 4x400m relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.