Bookmark and Share

Coleman Opens With A Bang

Coleman Christian 6.37 finish

Clemson, South Carolina, January 19—Last year, as a Tennessee junior, Christian Coleman produced the world’s fastest 100 time of the year and earned the silver medal at the World Championships after turning pro early.

Earlier this week, our Lee Nichols chatted with him about his first pro season. Said Coleman, “With it being my first full pro season, I just want to make sure I’m staying on task. One of the biggest things that people usually have when they turn professional, they have a transition year or maybe a couple of years that it takes them to go from being good at college to being good on the pro level.

“I want to make sure I don’t have a transition year. I want to continue to run fast, make sure my name stays at the top of the field and continue to get better.”

Mission apparently accomplished, as he opened his ’18 campaign at the Clemson Invitational on Friday evening, running the fastest 60 meters ever recorded, 6.37. Fellow American Maurice Greene held the old record of 6.39, which he ran twice, in ’98 in Madrid, Spain, and in ’01 in Atlanta, Georgia. Coleman’s old best was 6.45, set in winning last year’s NCAA Indoor.

Unfortunately, Coleman’s new mark is unlikely to be ratified as a World Record by the IAAF, even though it will remain statistically valid. There were two problems: false-start blocks weren’t in use and there was no drug-testing, even though Coleman’s camp rushed to get him sampled as soon after the meet as possible.

Coleman Christian 6.37 Clemson

Here’s history’s 13 fastest performers:

6.37 Christian Coleman (US) 1/19/18
6.39 Maurice Greene (US) 2/03/98
6.41 Andre Cason (US) 2/14/92
6.42 Dwain Chambers (Great Britain) 3/07/09
6.43 Tim Harden (US) 3/07/99
6.44 Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 3/18/16
6.45 Bruny Surin (Canada) 2/13/93
6.45(A) Leonard Myles-Mills (Ghana) 2/20/99
6.45(A) Terrence Trammell (US) 2/17/01
6.45 Justin Gatlin (US) 3/01/03
6.45 Ronald Pognon (France) 2/13/05
6.45(A) Trell Kimmons (US) 2/26/12
6.45(A) Ronnie Baker (US) 3/05/17

© Track & Field News 2018