|Name||Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Bednarek|
|Birth Date||14th October 1998|
|Age||22 years old|
|Sports (Event)||Athletics (sprints)|
|Personal Best||19.78 seconds|
American sprinter Kenneth Bednarek has been proving his prowess throughout the 2021 season. The star has been ruling the sprints since a young age. In 2018 he had given a time of 20.43 seconds which was the top high school time in that year.
He continued his dominance into college. While Indian Hills Community College he ran the fastest indoor 200m in USA and the second-fastest in the world. His time directly put him on the tied 13th rank in all-time lists. This achievement not only earned him the USATF Athlete of the Week on 22nd May 2019 but also kickstarted his pro career in track and field.
Bednarek’s performance late into the 2019 season took a slight dip following a hamstring injury. However, in 2020 he came back with a vengeance running a world-leading 19.80 + 1.0 sprint at the Star Athletics Sprint Showcase in Montverde, Florida. The time moved him up to the tied 25th spot in all-time lists.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics he showed a brilliant performance giving the best time in the heats and the second-best in the semi-finals. He bagged the silver medal in the 200m with an incredible timing of 19.68 seconds.
Kenneth Bednarek Net Worth
Kenneth Bednarek is a Nike sponsored athlete. He signed with the brand in July 2019 after his indoor 200m performance. His net worth has significantly risen in 2021. It is estimated that his net worth is approximately around $1 million to $5 million.
Kenneth Bednarek was born on 14th October 1998 on Tulsa, Oklahama. Kenneth and his fraternal brother Ian were adopted by Mary Bednarek and the family moved to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Both the brothers took to running youth track in 2nd grade. Kenneth Bednarek is towering tall with 6’2 feet height.
While running for Rice Lake High School, he bagged seven individual state titles and led his team to victory in the 4x400m relay. His time of 20.43 seconds gave the fastest high school time in the country in 2018. He went to Indian Hills community college and while there, ran the fastest indoor 200m in the USA and the second-fastest in the world.
Following this feat, the USATF Athlete of the Week signed a contract with Nike and began training in Florida with former world champion, Justin Gatlin. “It wasn’t my decision, but you know Nike wanted to send me somewhere so I just kind of listened. So you know, they know what they’re doing. It’s all you know just going to trust the process,” he had told Ottumwa Courier at the time.
According to him he came out of high school as a 400m specialist however successfully transitioned to the shorter distance of 200m. At the 2019 USA Track and Field Championships, he pulled up with a hamstring injury at the 200m finals and jogged across the finish line. After Noah Lyles earned a wild card entry to the 2019 Doha World Championships, USA was thus allowed an additional entry.
With Bednarek being the 4th place finisher at the USA Track and Field Championships by virtue, he was given the position in Doha. Weeks after his injury, the star only managed to muster a non-qualifying 21.50 seconds in his heat due to a nerve flare-up.
But the young chap produced an incredible comeback in 2020 running a world-leading 19.80+1.0 sprint at the Star Athletics Sprint Showcase in Montverde, Florida. In the 2021 season, he took multiple Diamond Leagues and shone through at the World Athletics Continental Tour.
At the Tokyo Olympics proved his mettle more and more with every race. He gave the fastest time in the heats and the second-fastest in the semi-finals. Bednarek clinched the silver medal in the 200m final with an incredible time of 19.68 seconds.
Coach and Parents
Who is his coach?
Kenneth Bednarek is coached by former Olympic gold medallist Dennis Mitchell.
Who are his parents?
His mother’s name is Mary Bednarek who adopted him and his brother, Ian from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The family then moved to Rice Lake, Wisconsin.