US sprint star Christian Coleman overcame a sluggish start before sweeping to victory in the 60 metres in a world leading time at the USA Indoor Championships on Saturday.
Coleman, 23, stumbled out of the blocks but quickly got into his stride to power home in 6.37secs, just outside his own world record of 6.34secs set on the same track in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2018.
The blistering time easily bettered Coleman’s own world leading mark for 2020 of 6.48secs set in Friday’s heats.
Coleman, the reigning world 100m champion and favourite to be crowned world’s fastest man at this year’s Olympics in Tokyo, had been targeting a world record in his first meeting of the season.
That goal looked well within his grasp earlier on Saturday after he cruised to victory in his semi-final, pulling up 20 metres before the tape to win in 6.51secs.
However a slight stumble as he exploded from the blocks in the final proved costly before he eventually powered home well clear of Marvin Bracy (6.49secs) and Brandon Carnes (6.53sec).—APP