EUGENE, Ore. — Christian Coleman posted a new collegiate 100m record and world-leading time of 9.82 seconds in his semifinal heat on Day 1 of the NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field on Wednesday night (7).
Coleman, the favourite to win the sprint double at this year’s outdoor championships, wasted little time in the 100m semi-finals to shatter the previous record of 9.89 secs, set by former Florida State sprinter Ngonidzashe Makusha in 2011.
The University of Tennessee junior, who is unlikely to return for his senior year next term, said after the disappointment in the 4x100m semi-finals, where the Vols failed to qualify for the final, he wanted to come out and put down a good time to represent.
He did, however, admitted that he wasn’t going after a fast time or the record.
“I just wanted to come out and execute and make it to the final,” Coleman, equalled the ninth quickest time on the all-time world list, and fourth fastest all-time among US sprinters, told ESPN after the race.
Heading into Friday’s final with a sub-10 seconds performance from the semifinals as well were Christopher Belcher of North Carolina A&T and Cameron Burrell of Houston, who both ran personal best times of 9.93 seconds to win their respective heat.
Coleman, the 2017 NCAA indoor 60m and 200m champion, stayed on course to win the outdoor double after moving on in the 200m final, posting an effortless 20.21 seconds for the runner-up spot in the third semis heat.
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.
University of Alabama’s Jereem Richards, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, won his heat in 20.04, while Great Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who represents LSU, took the second semifinal in 20.24.
In other opening day action, Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley paced the qualifiers for the men’s 400m with a cruising effort of 44.57, while Auburn and Jamaica freshman Nathon Allen, was well relaxed when winning his heat in 45.05.
Elsewhere, Filip Mihaljevic of Croatia, battling for the University of Virginia, won the men’s shot put with a mark of 21.30m in one of six scoring events on the first day.
University of Florida’s KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway picked up a 1-2 finish in the men’s long jump with marks of 8.05m and 8.00m, respectively.
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.