The long-awaited showdown between 100m international champion Fred Kerley and Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs has been showed for the 1/3 Wanda Diamond League assembly of the season on the Pietro Mennea Golden Gala in Florence, Italy on June 2. Kerley and Jacobs are set to compete there for the primary time because the Olympic ultimate in Tokyo in 2021.
The struggle we’ve got all been looking ahead to 😤
International 100m champion @fkerley99 will line up in opposition to Olympic champion @crazylongjumper in a star-studded males’s 100m on the @GoldenGalaDL
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— International Athletics (@WorldAthletics) Would possibly 9, 2023
Kerley has been speaking up his possibilities of beating Jacobs in fresh weeks. “If it occurs, I’ll be there and I’ll undoubtedly win. I don’t know if he’ll display up,” Kerley mentioned on the press convention forward of the Diamond League season opener in Doha ultimate week.
The American were given his Diamond League marketing campaign off to a forged get started on Friday, clocking 19.92 to take victory within the males’s 200m in Doha.
Italy’s Jacobs has no longer competed at the Diamond League circuit since his third-place end in Monaco in 2021, a race that proved to be a warm-up for his historical victory in Tokyo.
Kerley will probably be in quest of any other victory on the Golden Gala, having received the 100m in 2022 and the 400m in 2018. In Rome ultimate yr, he received the 100m through an enormous margin in 9.92, then went directly to set a PB of 9.76 on the U.S. Championships earlier than claiming the sector name in Oregon.
Jacobs set a Ecu document of 9.80 to win the Olympic name in Tokyo in 2021, then added any other gold to his assortment within the 4x100m. He received two extra primary titles in 2022, taking international indoor 60m gold in a Ecu document of 6.41 after which Ecu 100m gold in Munich.
“I would be there. I do not know if he’d display up…”@fkerley99 isn’t giving up in this concept of a one-on-one with @crazylongjumper.#DohaDL #DiamondLeague %.twitter.com/eMqGVB3Gu3
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Neither of the 2 males is assured victory, on the other hand, with Diamond League champion Trayvon Bromell additionally set to run in Florence. Bromell picked up his first-ever Diamond League win in Silesia ultimate yr earlier than occurring to dethrone Kerley within the collection ultimate in Zurich a couple of weeks later. Bromell, who has an similar 9.76 PB to Kerley’s, is the 2016 international indoor 60m champion.
Italy’s Samuele Ceccarelli, who beat Jacobs to the Ecu indoor 60m name previous this yr, may also be within the box.
Florence Diamond League is the 1/3 leg of the Diamond League collection, which accommodates 14 of essentially the most prestigious occasions in international monitor and box. Athletes compete for issues on the 13 collection conferences in a bid to qualify for the two-day Wanda Diamond League Ultimate in Eugene, Ore., on Sept. 16-17.