coleman not getting carried away after beating world champion gatlin

16:00    04 Jul 2019

Christian Coleman of the US (C) crosses the finish ahead of Justin Gatlin
USA’s Christian Coleman says he will have to work extra hard in order to clinch gold at the upcoming 2019 World Athletics Championships.

The 23-year-old sprinter beat experienced runner Justin Gatlin at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stanford, USA last weekend.

Coleman pulled away from world champion Gatlin for a convincing win in the men’s 100m in a world-leading 9.81 to Gatlin’s 9.87.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Coleman had being run down by Canada’s Andre De Grasse in the Ostrava last week over 200m.

The world indoor 60m record-holder showed no signs of fatigue as he established himself as the favourite for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

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Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes finished third in 9.97.

“It’s always good to run on home soil,” said Coleman.

“I just compete and try to come out with a win, but, obviously, guys are steadily getting better and better and always running faster.

"It’s going to take some pretty good training to get a gold medal at the end of the year.”

This year's World Athletics Championships are scheduled to be held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
 

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