Athletics-U.S. world relay hopes take a hit as Kerley out with injury

By Amy Tennery

EUGENE, Ore. (Reuters) – The United States’ relay hopes took a hit on Wednesday as 100 metres champion Fred Kerley will not run in the 4×100 metres relay due to injury.

The Tokyo silver medallist led a U.S. sweep of the 100 metres podium on Saturday but finished sixth in the 200 metres semi-final on Tuesday after grimacing with pain down the final straight.

He told reporters after the race it was “just a cramp” but his agent confirmed a day later that he had sustained a “slight injury” to his quad, leaving him unavailable for the U.S. title defence later this week.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in Eugene, Oregon; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)