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Christian Coleman eyes Usain Bolt's 100m record amidst rising competition

Posted : 26 April 2024

American sprinter Christian Coleman expressed confidence that Usain Bolt's longstanding 100-meter record of 9.58 seconds is within reach, citing the current level of competition and the potential for ideal conditions. Coleman, speaking ahead of the Shanghai Diamond League meet, noted that while breaking the record requires perfect circumstances, there are athletes capable of achieving it.


Usain Bolt's record-setting performance in Berlin in 2009 remains unmatched, with American Tyson Gay closely trailing with a time of 9.69 set in Shanghai the same year. Recent breakthroughs, such as Christian Miller's remarkable 9.93 seconds at a high school meet in Florida, indicate the evolving talent pool in sprinting.


As Coleman, a five-time world champion with a personal best of 9.76 seconds, prepares to face off against US rival Fred Kerley at the Shanghai Diamond League, he emphasizes his focus on continuous improvement rather than fixating on record-breaking aspirations. Kerley, silver medallist in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics, echoes Coleman's sentiment, emphasizing the importance of refining race strategies under the guidance of his coaches as he aims for peak performance.


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