Following the sport of track & field requires one to deal with doubt. Cynics embrace it. Optimists try to ignore it. Realists grapple with it.
But it’s always there. It has been for decades — how can it not be in a sport where anyone with a brain can point to multiple world records set by obvious drug cheats that have been allowed to stand for decades?
It is a sad but inescapable fact that if you run too fast or jump too high, you will become the subject of doping speculation.
Fans have been burned too many times that some have lost the capacity to believe.
9.80 seconds in the men’s 100 meters is one of those “too fast” times. Let’s be clear: we should not assume guilt solely because of an arbitrary time; it is not fair to the athlete.
Someone can run 9.85 or 9.81, but 9.79 means they must be cheating? It doesn’t make sense.
Still, of the 11 men in history to have run 9.80 or faster, nine have been handed a suspension for an anti-doping rule violation at some point in their career.
Christian Coleman Breaks NCAA Record, and World lead 100m then does double 100 and 200 (interview video)
Jun 9, 2017
Christian Coleman of Tennessee blasted 9.82 in the 100m semi-finals to break the NCAA record previously set at 9.89 by Ngonidzashe Makusha of Florida State in 2011. Mark was also a world leader for young Americans.
21-year-old athlete Christian Coleman ran the fastest time in the world for 2017 at the NCAA Championships. The young athlete shocked everyone as he pulled away from the rest of the field and clocked a staggering time of 9.82.
Despite having the world’s fastest time. Coleman must finish top 3 at the thought USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships June 22-25 in Sacramento. Only the top 3 at these championships will run the 100 meters in the world championships later this year in London.
If he is successful there, Coleman will go up against the best athletes, including Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse in London this year, and it will indeed be a race to watch. Some say that Usain Bolt will have to bring his “A” game if he wants to secure the men’s 100m.
Coleman has also run a very fast 200m of 19.85 during this meet. The Final will be later today.
Coleman Breaks World Record in 60m 6.37
World 100m Silver Medallist American Christian Coleman, 21. Eclipsed the 60m World Record of 2000 Olympic Champion Maurice Greene (USA). Coleman clocked a time of 6.37 seconds at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina. Coleman mark passed Greene’s 6.39.
The mark still has to be ratified more on timing issues, measurements, etc., as no wind indoors.
Coleman knew something special would happen after winning his heat with plenty left in the tank in 6.47. His previous best was 6.45 at the NCAA Indoor Champs, and his 100 PB is 9.82.
Christian Coleman of the University of Tenessee took both the NCAA 100m and 200m collegiate titles into strong headwinds. Coleman has the 10th fastest mark of all time and the NCAA Record with his 100m time in the heats of 9.82 (as of June 9, according to Jad Adrian Washif of www.adriansprints.com).
Coleman won the 100m into a -2.1 headwind clocking 10.04 and into a stronger -3.1 the 200m in 20.25. His best marks are 9.82 and 19.85. Coached by Tim Hall, he is the 5th man to win the 100m title from Tenessee, the last one being 2004 Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin.
In the 400m, Fred Kerley of Texas A&M won in 44.10. After running 43.70 at the Western Qualifiers in Texas, the 7th fastest in the distance in world all-time lists. He just missed out on the meet record of 44.00 held by 1992 Olympic Champion Quincy Watts (USC) set in 1992.
Eric Futh of Florida narrowly won the 400 Hurdles 48.32 to 48.33 from Rai Benjamin of UCLA.
In the Men’s 4×100, Houston broke the stadium record with 38.32, previous was 38.42 but were outside the meet and NCAA Record of 38.23 set by Texas Christian in 1989.
Texas A&M ran a very fast 2:59.98 in the 4×400 outside the meet record of 2:59.59 set by LSU in 2005.
Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021-
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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