WORLD RECORD!! 6.37s. Great start to my career. Thank You God🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/fUZQEpuPgw
— Christian Coleman (@__coleman) January 20, 2018
Tennessee’s Christian Coleman set a new world record in the 60 meters at Clemson University (S.C.) on Friday, running a time of 6.37 seconds to better the previous mark of 6.39 formerly held by Maurice Greene.
Greene, also of the U.S., first set the mark on Feb. 3, 1998, in Madrid, Spain, and matched it on March 3, 2001, in Atlanta.
It was Coleman’s first competitive performance of the new year, and Friday’s dash bettered his previous personal best of 6.45, which he ran last year en route to winning the NCAA indoor 60-meter title.
Coleman, 21, was representing Nike in the Clemson Invitational at the Clemson Indoor Complex and served notice a world record could be in the works when he turned a 6.47 in his qualifying heat.
The former Tennessee All-American was the 2017 Bowerman Award winner after becoming just the second person in history to win both the USTFCCCA National Outdoor and National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year awards.
Coleman also made history in 2017 by becoming the second athlete to win four springs national titles in one year, capturing the 60 and 200 meter titles during the indoor season, and the 100 and 2200 meters during the outdoor season. Former Tennessee star Justin Gatlin was the first person to do that in 2002.
The Georgia native ran eight sub-10-second times in the 100 meters in 2017, including an NCAA-record 9.82-second time before announcing that he was turning professional.
Coleman beat Usain Bolt twice in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in London last summer, earning a silver medal in the 100 finals behind Gatlin’s gold-medal performance.
The 100m World Silver Medalist Christian Coleman (@__coleman ) 🇺🇸 breaks the 60m World Record during his season opener 😱 with an unbelievable time of 6.37 at the Clemson Invitational !!!! 😱😱
Here’s his reaction : pic.twitter.com/KWJ9nnLgsU
— Athletics Army (@Athletics_Army) January 20, 2018