COLEMAN MAKES HISTORY ON RECORD-BREAKING DAY 3
American Christian Coleman confidently grabbed his first world title with the fastest 60m time in IAAF World Indoor Championships history as day three of Birmingham 2018 was dominated by record-breaking performances.
The 21-year-old American, who ran 6.34 seconds last month to break the 20-year-old world record set by his compatriot Maurice Greene, clocked a championship record 6.37 in a commanding victory over China’s silver medallist Su Bingtian (6.42) and compatriot Ronnie Baker who took third in 6.44.
Coleman’s performance bettered Greene’s winning time of 6.42 from the 1999 championships in Maebashi, Japan.
On a day when Britain’s Laura Muir also claimed a silver behind Ethiopian double champion Genzebe Dibaba in the women’s 1500m final to add to her bronze in the 3,000m, the American clearly proved he has the potential to be a force in sprinting in the post-Usain Bolt era.
“When I’ve put things together during the meets, special things have happened but I’m excited for the outdoor season,” he said. “I won't put a limit on myself we'll just see what happens.
“I have a good chance to lead the sport in the post-Bolt era but like I’ve told so many others, loads of guys have the talent. I have to make sure I keep working to stay on top and when I get the opportunity to take gold medals you take them.”
The 60m provided the climax to an historic day when four championship records were broken, three of them by American athletes.
In an entertaining morning session, New Zealand’s Tom Walsh threw an outstanding 22.31m to win the shot final, breaking the oldest championship record of 22.24m from former East German Ulf Timmermann which has stood for 30 years.
Then in the evening, American Sandi Morris won the women’s pole vault with 4.95m, bettering the 4.90m set by compatriot Jenn Suhr in Portland two years ago. In confident form, Morris put the bar up to 5.04m but failed to break Suhr’s world record of 5.02m.
Just before Coleman’s dominant run, compatriot Kendra Harrison clocked 7.70 seconds to take gold in the women’s 60m hurdles final and improve on the 7.72 set by American Lolo Jones in Doha in 2010.
Venezuela’s defending champion Yulimar Rojas produced the longest triple jump of the year of 14.63m, to seal her third global title. Frenchman Kevin Mayer won the heptathlon by just five points with 6,348 after Canadian Damian Warner pushed him all the way with a superb run in the final 1000m.
On a great day for the USA, Will Claye took the men’s triple jump and Courtney Okolo won the women’s 400m as Britain’s Eilidh Doyle took bronze. The other golds went to Poland’s Adam Kszczot in the men’s 800m and Pavel Maslak in the men’s 400m.