Two of the fastest men in the world who spent their college years at Tennessee will be representing the United States at the IAAF World Championship.
Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman finished first and second, respectively in the 100-meter at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Friday in Sacramento, Calif.
Gatlin won with a time of 9.95 seconds with Coleman right behind him at 9.98.
“It felt like I had to face a younger version of me,” Gatlin told teamusa.org, “a guy who’s hungry and he doesn’t want to lose. And he wants to be the best he can be.”
Gatlin, 35, became the oldest men’s 100-meter champion.
Coleman, 21, won his 200-meter heat with a 20.18 time and finished second to Ameer Webb (20.09) with a 20.10 time in 200 semifinals on Saturday.
Gatlin and Coleman both qualified for the IAAF World Championship Aug. 5-13 in London. Coleman also qualified in the 200 and is the only male sprinter to qualify in two events this year.
This will be Gatlin’s fourth worlds. He won the 100 and 200 in Helsinki in 2005.
Coleman swept the NCAA 60-and 200-meters indoor and 100 and 200 outdoors this season. He was the first to do so since Gatlin did it in 2002. Coleman ran the fastest 100 and 200 in the world this year.
Former Vol and world record holder in men’s 110-meter hurdles Aries Merritt also qualified to be in London, where he won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Merritt, 31, is fully recovered from a kidney transplant in 2015.