Christian Coleman

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Christian Coleman
Christian Coleman Birmingham 2018.jpg
Coleman at the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1996-03-06) March 6, 1996 (age 22)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia[2]
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (174 cm)[3]
Weight 159 lb (72 kg)[3]
Sport Running, Track and Field
Event(s) Sprints
College team Tennessee
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 40 yd: 4.12s WB
60 m: 6.34s WR [4]

100 m: 9.82 s, Eugene, 2017[5]
200 m: 19.85 s, NCAA Preliminary[4]
300 m: 33.26s
400 m: 51.47s
300 m hurdles: 40.77s
Long Jump: 24' 7.5" (7.51 m)
Triple Jump: 42' 2.75" (12.87 m)

Christian Coleman (born March 6, 1996) is a professional American track and field sprinter. He is the world indoor record holder for the 60 meter dash. He is also a prominent 100 meter, and 200 meter runner. He was a double silver medallist at the World Championships in Athletics in 2017. He competed collegiately for the Tennessee Volunteers. He attended high school at Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, Georgia.



At Tennessee, Coleman was the 60 meter champion and 200 meter runner up at the 2016 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. He then went on to win the 200 meter at the National Track and Field Indoor Championship and was 3rd in the 60 meter.[6] He was the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 meter dash at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After coming off an outstanding sophomore season, one that ended in making the 2016 Olympic team, he continued his success into his Junior season at Tennessee. During his indoor campaign he set PRs throughout the season resulting in world leading times in the 60 m and 200 m dash. Coleman took gold in both events at the 2017 Indoor National Track and Field Championships in historic fashion. He ran 6.45 s in the 60 tying the Collegiate record and 20.11 s in the 200, just 0.01 s off the collegiate record held by Wallace Spearmon. Christian finished his collegiate career by winning the 100m dash (10.04s) and the 200m (20.25s) at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Coleman joins former Tennessee sprinter, Justin Gatlin, as the only other person to sweep the 60m and 200m indoor titles and the 100m and 200m outdoor titles.[7]

Coleman received some notoriety after the 2017 NFL Draft scouting combine. John Ross set a new combine record of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash and claimed he was faster than Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt. Coleman responded to this by running the 40 in 4.12 seconds on turf.[8]


Coleman qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 meters. He placed sixth in the final of the 100 meter dash, potentially qualifying him for the 4x100 relay team.[5] On July 11, Coleman was named to the US 4x100 relay team. At the Olympics, Coleman ran the second leg for Team USA in the 4x100 m relay qualifying as the team won their heat with a time of 37.65.[9] The team that ran in the finals, without Coleman, was disqualified. In 2017, he claimed silver at the IAAF world championships, with a time of 9.94 seconds, behind Justin Gatlin and ahead of Usain Bolt.[10] He also ran the anchor leg for the US 4×100 m relay team at the championships, finishing second with a time of 37.52s, behind Great Britain (37.47s).

Coleman began his 2018 indoor season with a world record time of 6.37 seconds in the 60m at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina, breaking Maurice Greene's near 20-year-old record by two one hundredths of a second.[11] However, his time was not submitted for ratification as a world-record by USA Track & Field due to the event neither providing for electronic starting blocks, which measure reaction times in preventing false starts, nor a zero gun (AKA zero control) test, which checks that the automatic clock-timing system start and capture sequence are properly recorded.[12] But, one month later, on February 18, 2018, at the United States Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coleman clocked a world-record time of 6.34 seconds in the 60-meter final, thus breaking Maurice Greene's previously-held record. [13]

He went on to win the 60m world indoor title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, clocking a championship record (previously held by Maurice Greene) of 6.37s. The time is also the fastest time for indoor 60 m at sea level. It is his first gold medal at the major championships.[14]


  1. ^ "Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bio". University of Tennessee. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Christian Coleman". Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "COLEMAN WINS TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". Tennessee Vols Athletics. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Tennessee's Christian Coleman runs record 9.82 in 100 at NCAA track championships". USA TODAY. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "SEC Indoor Results" (PDF). ESPN. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Coleman Wins 100m and 200m National Championships". University of Tennessee. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Olympic sprinter shows up John Ross". USA Today. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "COLEMAN EARNS SPOT ON TEAM USA 4X100". Tennessee Vols Athletics. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Christian Coleman is the 21-year-old US sprinter who beat Usain Bolt". BBC. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2018-01-20). Coleman breaks world indoor 60m record with 6.37 in Clemson. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  12. ^ "Report: Coleman's record won't be ratified". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  13. ^ "IAAF: FLASH: Coleman breaks world indoor 60m record at US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque| News |". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  14. ^ "REPORT: MEN'S 60M FINAL - IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BIRMINGHAM 2018| News |". Retrieved 2018-03-03. 

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