American Coleman breaks 60m indoor world record

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Los Angeles , United States (AFP) — World 100-metre silver medallist Christian Coleman opened his 2018 campaign by breaking the 60-metre indoor world record with a time of 6.37secs on Friday.

The 21-year-old American set the new mark at the low-level Clemson Invitational track meet to surpass the previous record of 6.39secs held by fellow American Maurice Greene.

Greene ran the time twice, in 1998 in Madrid, Spain, and 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Coleman's previous best was 6.45secs at last year's US collegiate indoor championships.

“Great start to my career,” tweeted Coleman, who is in his first year as a professional athlete.

The time still needs to be ratified by athletics' world governing body, the IAAF.

The meet at Clemson University in South Carolina was the first event of the season for Coleman. Earlier in the day he ran a time of 6.47secs.

Tevin Hester, of the US, was second in 6.57secs, while Warren Fraser of the Bahamas finished third with a time of 6.69secs.

Coleman set prodigious times as a college athlete and has been hailed as a potential Olympic champion.

He ran the fastest 100 metres time of 2017 with 9.82secs, but in the world final in London he was beaten by Justin Gatlin as Usain Bolt finished third.

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