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Reigning 100m world champ Fred Kerley signs with Asics

The move comes after a years-long partnership between Kerley and Nike

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World champion and Olympic medallist Fred Kerley announced on Monday that he has signed with Asics for the 2023 season. Kerley is coming off an amazing couple of years that saw him win Olympic silver and world championship gold in the 100m. He will don his new Asics kit for the first time this week in Melbourne at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold. 


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A new look

Kerley’s tenure as a pro is far from over, but he has already given the world a hall-of-fame-worthy career. He has two Diamond League titles to his name (he won the 400m crown in 2018 and the 100m title in 2021), four world championship medals (including two golds, with one from 2019 in the 4 x 400m and the other in the 100m last year) and an Olympic silver, which he won in the 100m in Tokyo. Kerley is also one of just three men to have run sub-10 seconds in the 100m, sub-20 in the 200m and sub-44 in the 400m, making him one of the most diversely successful sprinters in track history. Now with a new brand partner in Asics, he is looking to add even more accolades and records to his resume. 

As Kerley said in an Asics press release announcing the news of their partnership, he is thrilled to join a new team just as he’s kicking off his 2023 campaign. He also noted that he would like to use his platform as a world champion and top track star to help the sport. “I hope to inspire more kids to participate in track and field,” Kerley said. “Partnering with Asics will only help as we collectively aim to grow the sport into the future.”


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Continental Tour Gold 

Kerley has yet to race this season, and he will pick up where he left off in 2022, when he injured his leg during a 200m semi-final at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon. Ready to get back in action, Kerley will jump into another 200m, this time Down Under in Melbourne. 

“It is nice to open my season with the 200m because I got injured … at the world championships,” Kerley told World Athletics. “All in all, I am excited to come and show my talent to the Australian people.” The meet in Melbourne will be the first event of the 2023 Continental Tour Gold campaign, and it is set to run on Thursday.  

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