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Kerley's the 'special' 400m man U.S. needs, says Watts

New American 400 meters champion Fred Kerley's power and speed makes the Texan the "special" sprinter that U.S athletics has been searching for to help reestablish its dominance of the event, former Olympic champion Quincy Watts has told Reuters.

Kerley, who was already the year's fastest man at 43.70 seconds, won his first U.S. championship at the American world championships trials on Saturday in 44.03.

Jun 24, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; Fred Kerley of Texas A&M wins the 400m in 44.03 during the USA Championships at Hornet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
His superb performance left 1992 Barcelona Olympic one-lap champion Watts enthusing about a 22-year-old who, he believes, possesses a rare talent.

"He's tall and has a lot of power, but what makes him special is he has a rare combination of speed and power," said Watts in an interview.

"We've seen it before, but maybe only four or five of the great ones."

The United States was once overwhelmingly dominant in the event with seven consecutive Olympic gold medals between 1984 and 2008, but the last two have been won by Kirani James, of Grenada, and Wayde van Niekerk, of South Africa.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-athletics-usa-kerley-idUSKBN19G0RC

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