Christian Coleman of the US received the world championship gold medal within the males’s 100 meters Saturday, three weeks after avoiding a ban for missed drug exams.
Coleman began effectively and prolonged his lead down the stretch to win in 9.76 seconds. Defending champion Justin Gatlin completed second within the marquee occasion of the championships. Andre de Grasse of Canada was third.
“On the finish, all my worries simply evaporated on the market,” stated Coleman, 23. “It was a loopy feeling. So as to add my identify to the listing of the legendary guys who’ve come earlier than me is an honor and a blessing.”
In 2017, Coleman was the silver medalist behind his American teammate Gatlin, each beating Usain Bolt in his final particular person race. In Doha, they ran side-by-side, however the 37-year-old Gatlin by no means actually threatened.
Gatlin stated he had reached out to help Coleman when the youthful runner confronted a possible ban.
“Justin Gatlin is a good man and an ideal competitor,” Coleman stated. “He is at all times been there. I bear in mind watching him again in 2004, once I was Eight years previous, and to assume all these years later, I may come and win gold too is a good feeling.”
Coleman beat his private greatest by 0.03 seconds to grow to be the sixth-fastest man in historical past, overtaking Nesta Carter and Maurice Greene within the all-time standings.
It was the primary world 100 remaining since 2005 with out Bolt. The legendary Jamaican sprinter’s world file of 9.58, now a decade previous, was 0.18 sooner than Coleman’s time.
From Atlanta, Coleman received NCAA titles within the 100 and 200 for the College of Tennessee in 2017. He took the U.S. title within the 100 in July. He’ll run within the 200 meter heats Sunday.
Coleman was initially charged with failing to supply correct info on his whereabouts for drug testing, lacking three exams over 12 months.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Company has by no means reported a optimistic drug take a look at for Coleman. The company stated Coleman has been examined on 20 separate events in 2018 and 2019. He missed a drug take a look at on April 26, his third missed take a look at since June 2018.
However the World Anti-Doping Company’s interpretation of the rule backdated his first failure to April 1, 2018, as a substitute of the date it occurred, June 6, 2018. On Sept. 2, USADA stated that technicality meant there weren’t three failures inside 12 months, and it will not pursue the case.
In distinction to the boos that greeted Gatlin’s victory in London two years in the past — a reference to his two earlier suspensions for doping — the reception for Coleman was heat on the calmly attended occasion within the Qatari capital.
Many seats within the 40,000-capacity Khalifa Worldwide Stadium had been coated with awnings and quite a lot of spectators from African international locations left after the sooner girls’s 10,000 meters.
Earlier, DeAnna Value turned the primary U.S. lady ever to win a world championship throwing occasion with victory within the hammer. The 2-time NCAA champion from Moscow Mills, Missouri, threw 77.54 meters, beating Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow and China’s Zheng Wang.
Lower than 5 months after making her debut within the 10,000, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands received the world title.
Born in Ethiopia earlier than transferring to the Netherlands in 2008 aged 15, Hassan had received medals at shorter distances earlier than transferring up this season.
“I’m very joyful as a result of I’ve been a middle-distance runner and this was a take a look at for me,” she stated. Hassan is now contemplating whether or not to aim a double within the 1,500 or 5,000 however admitted she was fatigued. Each occasions have heats Wednesday.
Bolt’s fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake was simply fifth within the 100, however the nation nonetheless ended the day with a gold medal as Tajay Gayle received the lengthy bounce. His bounce of 8.69 meters gave the nation identified for sprinters its first world title in a area occasion. Jeff Henderson of the U.S. was second and Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria third.
Women and men raced one another on the monitor for the primary time at worlds with the introduction of the 4×400 blended relay, an Olympic occasion subsequent yr.
The USA’ two males and two girls set the quickest time thus far within the new occasion, which featured the novelty of a Japanese male runner rushing previous a crowd of feminine athletes, earlier than his feminine teammate dropped from first to final on the following lap.
The lads’s and girls’s 50-kilometer walks are later Friday.
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