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Fred Kerley was clearly a most-unhappy-fella. 
"I am not disappointed," he declared.
It was written all over his unsmiling face, peering downward, but he wasn't going to tell you that.
The Texas A&Mer came to London loaded up with collegiate glory, as the NCAA indoor and outdoor 400-meter champion, and owner of the second fastest 400-meter time of 2017, the 43.70 he ran taking down the all-time NCAA record put in the books by an Olympic champion, Quincy Watts, a full quarter-century ago.
It was all in the timing - and we don't mean the highest-tech Seiko apparatus
Clocking everything going on at these 16th IAAF World Championships down
to - seemingly - zillionths of a miliisecond. That 43.70 took place a full 10 weeks ago - at the NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas. 
And that 43.70 would have run off with the gold medal on this fifth night of the World Championships. And it would not have been close.
Published in Track & Field
BY LARRY EDER—It's Saturday morning, August 20, and I am sitting on my bed in my little AirBnB, right across the street from the Engenhao Stadium. With my brother, Brian, and Victor Sailer, I have been here for the duration. This morning, I'm catching up.
So, this is my piece on the women's 400 meters, one of the finest races of the entire Olympic experience, which was marred, for me, by Americans thinking that somehow, the gold medal was taken from Allyson Felix. Shaunae Miller took the gold, because, this time, she got across the finish line first. That is what it is like in all races. Olympic track & field is not a theatre project, where one knows the outcome and it is the interpretation of the experience. It is not professional wrestling, where the outcome is preordained. These are real athletes, who put their regular lives on hold, so that, for a decade or so of their lives, they, run, jump and throw to see just how far they can go!
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