Reigning world 100m champion Fred Kerley will sq. off against flying Australian Rohan Browning in a mouth-watering sprint conflict at subsequent month’s Maurie Plant meet in Melbourne.
The powerhouse American, who sits sixth on the 100m all time record with a PB of 9.76 seconds and received gold finally yr’s world titles in Eugene, will open his 2023 marketing campaign in the 200m at Lakeside Stadium.
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His competitors will embrace Browning and rising Australian half-lap stars Calab Legislation and Aidan Murphy.
“I am excited to start my season in Australia and I will also use this as a training base for the upcoming season,” Kerley stated.
“I have competed in all the other continents, and I am excited to get the opportunity to compete in Australia.
“Also, it is nice to open my season with the 200m because I got injured in the 200m semi-finals at the world championships.”
The 27-year-old Kerley’s spectacular CV contains two world championship gold medals, silver in the 100m on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and a pair of Diamond League titles.
He’s additionally considered one of solely three males – together with South African Wayde van Niekerk and fellow American Michael Norman – to have damaged 10 seconds in the 100m and likewise gone sub-20 seconds in the 200m and sub-44 seconds in the 400m.
In contrast to Kerley, the 25-year-old Browning will double up in the 100m and 200m on the Maurie Plant Meet on February 23.
“Can an Australian produce an upset?” contemplated Browning.
“I’d like to think so.
“Damien Marsh, Monaco 1995 (when the Queenslander won the IAAF 100m grand prix final against the odds) springs to mind.
“Let’s just say that if I was a Melbourne-based sports fan, I wouldn’t be missing this.”
For reigning Australian champ Murphy, it will likely be a second conflict against Kerley after they have been drawn in the identical opening-round warmth of the 200m finally yr’s world titles.
Kerley received that race earlier than being eradicated in the semis after struggling a quadriceps damage.
However such is the US’ international dominance of the occasion that Noah Lyles nonetheless went on to headline an American clear sweep of the medals in Oregon.