Coleman's Collegiate Record, World-Lead Highlight NCAA Champs Day 1

Hope Soto
June 9, 2017

The youngster's PB already betters Linford Christie's 9.87secs, which remains the fastest time ever set by a British athlete. Coleman's time is also the fastest time in the world this year.

The Tennessee sprinter put his talents on display in May when he crushed John Ross' record-setting 40-yard dash time from the NFL Scouting Combine, and he was at it again during the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

With a time of 9.82 seconds, Coleman supplanted the top spot previously held by Zimbabwe and Florida State runner Ngonidzashe Makusha, who posted a 9.89 in 2011.

As Usain Bolt prepares to run for the final time at this summer's World Championships in London, athletics might have found a man ready to step into his golden spikes. "I just wanted to come out here and make it to the final, really".

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Belcher ran another personal best of 20.01 secs to win in the third semifinal, and finished ahead of Coleman with the fastest time heading into the final. "It felt pretty good", he said.

"He came through the collegiate ranks like me, and he went through the same kind of things that I'm going through right now, as far as what to do with my career and the pressure of being one of the best sprinters in college", Coleman added.

Christian Coleman of Tennessee poses with scoreboard after winning 100m heat in a collegiate record 9.82 during the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Matthew Ludwig of the University of Akron won the pole vault after clearing 5.60m, while junior Ioannis Kyriazis of Greece, competing for Texas A&M, won the javelin with a mark of 82.58m.

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