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Coleman sets new 60M world record

NEW RECORD: Christian Coleman

HOPES FOR a new world record over 60m were met—and then some—on the third day of the USA Indoor Championships as Christian Coleman roared to a 6.34s clocking in the dash, cutting half a second off the previous best.

American Maurice Greene first set the accepted 6.39 mark in 1998 and then tied it at the 2001 indoor nationals.

At the U.S. nationals, staged in the helpful thinner air of 1507m Albuquerque, Coleman showed he had plenty of speed to burn as he clocked 6.46 in Saturday’s heat and then 6.42 in Sunday’s semi-final.

He eased back noticeably in the final metres of both his preliminaries. Defending champion Ronnie Baker had taken his semi with a PB 6.45, setting the table for a climactic final.

In the final Baker got an excellent start, but led for only a few steps as Coleman was right with him. Coleman never surrendered the lead he grabbed and opened distance over the field in the final 10m. He threw his arms wide as he crossed the line, his speed taking care of Greene’s official record as well as settling any questions about Coleman’s own earlier record claim.

The 21-year-old Coleman hopped and skipped in glee as he ran back up the sprint straight before turning to accept the accolades from the Albuquerque Convention Centre crowd.

“I wanted to go get it, but it pretty much felt like a blur,” Coleman said of the record. “I just wanted to be the first to get to the finish line. I had put in a lot of work on my start, so it feels pretty good to do it.”

Baker distinguished himself as well, clocking a PB 6.40 to become the third fastest ever.

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