For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.
For Week 5, Day 1, we feature Christian Coleman as our U.S. athlete focusing on Birmingham.
Christian Coleman lets his legs do the talking and talking they did on January 19, 2018. At the Clemson University Indoor Complex, Christian Coleman, the London World Championships silver medalist over 100 meters and on the silver medal winning 4x100m team. His London experiences came at the end of a season that included over 30 plus races.
At Clemson, Christian showed his fitness with a fine 6.47 in the 60 meter heats. For Coleman, whose PB at 60m was 6.45, this was a big opener and his fastest 60m in the month of January ever.
One hour, forty minutes later, in the final, the fans in Clemson were treated to an amazing race. With a fine start and a withering run over the sixty meters, Christian Coleman ran 6.37 for the sixty meters. That time, if ratified, will take .02 off the WR held by 2000 Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene, who ran 6.39 in March 1998 and March 2001.
Within hours, the social media world was full of comparisons of Coleman and Greene, and fans were wondering what Christian's next move will be?
What does this say about our friend, Christian Coleman? It tells you that Mr. Coleman is in the shape of his life and that Birmingham could be an exciting series of races!
There is this a misconception about world records. World Records, contrary to common thought, are not made to be broken. A world record is the perfect storm of fitness, focus and environment. When a record is broken, many times athletes are not even aware that they are going so fast, jumping so far or throwing so long. And they sure do not want their record to be broken soon. The reason that Coleman is resonating now is that the record he broke, has stood for so long and it was set by such a fine athlete.
Coleman is focused on running fast, and winning Birmingham 2018. A month to go!