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Athletics: Coleman clocks 9.82sec 100m at US collegiate championships

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LOS ANGELES - Christian Coleman clocked a blistering 9.82sec Wednesday to top the men's 100m semi-finals at the US NCAA collegiate athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The 21-year-old third-year University of Tennessee student notched the fastest time in the world this year, improving on the 9.88 clocked by Zambia's Sydney Siame in Lusaka on April 8.

Coleman, whose previous personal best was 9.95, became the ninth-fastest performer all-time in athletics' glamour event.

Only three American sprinters -- Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Maurice Green -- have run faster.

Coleman dominated his semi-final, run in a wind of 1.3m/sec. Kyree King was second in 10.00.

Christopher Belcher and Cameron Burrell won their heats, both in 9.93sec.

Coleman shattered the previous NCAA 100m mark of 9.89, set by Zimbabwe's Ngonidzashe Makusha in 2011 when he ran for Florida State University.

Coleman, who swept the 60m and 200m titles at the NCAA Indoor Championships this year, will bid for his first outdoor collegiate crown in the 100m final on Friday.

Coleman failed to qualify for the 100m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing sixth at the US trials. He raced in the heats of the 4x100m relay in Rio before the United States were disqualified in the final.

Published : June 08, 2017

By : Agence France-Presse