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Analyzing The Season Of World Championships 100m Silver Medalist Christian Coleman

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The US sprinter ran the men’s 100 meter final at the 2017 World Championship meet in London in 9.94 seconds and won the silver medal. He beat Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt who came third with a time of 9.95 seconds. The gold was won by American Justin Gatlin, thereby making a 1-2 for the USA.

The story of Coleman started in Atlanta, Georgia, where he began racing when her was only 5 years old. In high school, he put sprinting on the backburner as he was more intent on becoming a part of American football. However, he turned his attention back to athletics after athletic offers came pouring in from different colleges. He chose to attend the University of Tennessee which was also the alma mater of Justin Gatlin.

Coleman Breaks The 10 Second Mark

Last year Coleman broke the 10 seconds mark for the first time. Then at the U.S. Olympic trials, he ran the 100 meters in 9.95 seconds and got selected for the Rio Olympics as a member of the American track team. He was chosen to be part of the 4×100 meters US team, but raced only in the heats at the Olympics. Coleman admitted that he felt like ‘a deer in the headlights’ at the Games. He was a nobody who got thrown into the spotlight!

After the Games, Coleman returned to his life as a college sprinter and a sports management major. It was only last winter that things started changing for the 21-year old ‘Bolt’ beater.

At the 2017 Indoor National Track and Field Championships, Coleman won gold in historic fashion. He ran the 200 meters in 20.11 seconds, just one hundredths of a second off the collegiate record. He however ran the 60 in 6.45 seconds and tied the collegiate record.

In June at the NCAA championships, Coleman won the 100 meters gold and the national title with a time of 10.04 seconds. This was a couple of days after he had set an NCAA record of running 100 meters in 9.82 seconds. The 9.82 seconds record run is not just the 9th fastest of all time, but is also the quickest in the world in 2017. The next best time this season was run by Yohan Blake with a time of 9.90 seconds.

Coleman had also made a somewhat notorious name for himself after John Ross set a new NFL scouting record with a time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash and then claimed that he was faster than Bolt. Coleman’s response to Ross’ claim was running the distance in 4.12 seconds.

It may also be noted that the 10-second mark has been broken by Coleman on 6 occasions in the 2017 season. He also followed Gatlin into the history books by becoming the second sprinter to complete the feat of double-double of outdoor 200 meters and 100 meters and indoor 200 meters and 60 meters titles at the NCAA in a single year.

Nike snapped up Coleman for a 7-figure deal following the successes. Thus, he became ineligible to run for his university in his final year. He will be joining the professional circuit during the next season.

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