WATCH: Tennessee’s Christian Coleman beats Usain Bolt in qualifier at world championships
Christian Coleman defeats Usain Bolt
Former Tennessee track star Christian Coleman continues his run as one of the fastest people on Earth.
Coleman edged out Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt Saturday in the semifinals of the 100-meter race at the IAAF World Championships in London. Coleman ran a 9.97 race and narrowly defeated Bolt by .01 of a second.
Coleman and Bolt had the only sub-10-second races in the semifinals.
Bolt will have an opportunity to defeat Coleman as both qualify for the finals race Saturday at 4 p.m.
Bolt had won 45 straight races going back to 2013 in preliminaries and finals before the loss to Coleman.
Former Vol Justin Gatlin qualified for the finals, as well. Gatlin finished second in his heat with a 10.09 mark. Akani Simbine of South Africa won the first heat with a time of 10.05.
Coleman had the second fastest time of Friday’s first heat with a 10.01 finish to advance to the semifinals.
Gatlin won his heat Friday with a 10.05 finish.
Coleman swept the NCAA 60-and 200-meters indoor and 100 and 200 outdoors this season before turning pro. 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.