Tennessee’s Christian Coleman became only the second man to sweep the 100 meters and 200 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Friday night in Eugene, Ore.
Coleman, who two nights before set the NCAA record in the 100 meters (9.82), was the class of the field in both events on the cool, damp Hayward Field Track with a 10.04-second 100 and 20.25 time in the 200 meters.
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Only fellow Vol Justin Gatlin had swept both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships and 60 and 200 at the NCAA Indoor Championships before, accomplishing the feat in 2002.
Coleman won the 60 meters and 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field meet earlier this year, tying the NCAA record in the 60 (6.45 seconds).
Coleman finished second in both events last year as a sophomore, and he said Friday night that those runner-up finishes served as motivation.
“I’m happy to make it back here,” Coleman said. “Those two losses last year were on my mind all year.
“This is something I’ve worked for, and it’s paying off.”
Coleman’s 100-meter sprint came into a 5 mph headwind, according to ESPN, and by the time he ran the 200 the headwind had increased to 7 mph
Coleman’s time of 19.85 seconds in the 200 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky., two weeks ago was also an NCAA record.
Coleman’s times in the 100 and 200 are both the fastest times in the world this year.
Temperatures dipped into the 50s at the event on Friday, some 15 degrees cooler than on Wednesday night.
Here’s Coleman’s record breaking run from Wednesday night: