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Christian Coleman’s Historic Run Earns USATF Athlete of Week

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01/27/2018 - 18:19

Christian Coleman (Atlanta Georgia) ran the fastest indoor 60 meters ever to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Coleman, the 2017 IAAF World Championships 100m and 4x100m relay silver medalist, rocketed to a 6.37 at the Clemson Invitational, .02 faster than the existing world and American record, held since 1998 by Maurice Greene. The quadruple NCAA sprint champion last year ran 6.47 in the heats before his dash into the history books.

Other notable performances:
Keturah Orji — Orji bettered the U.S. indoor record in the women’s triple jump at Clemson, spanning 14.53m/47-8. Sheila Hudson set the previous American record of 14.23m/46-8.25 in 1995, while Orji had two jumps of 14.32m/46-11.75 at Nashville in 2017 that were not ratified as records.

Katelyn Tuohy — Continuing her streak of record-setting runs, Tuohy smashed the national high school indoor record in the 5,000m with a 15:37.12 at the Virginia Showcase in Lynchburg. That time also was faster than the existing prep outdoor record.

Nick Christie — Christie set a lifetime best of 4:09:32 to win the USATF men’s 50km Race Walk Championships at Santee, California.

Katie Burnett — Burnett, the American record-holder, took the USATF women’s 50km Race Walk title with a 4:47:50 at Santee.

Brian Herron — Herron, a junior at Atlanta’s Lakeside High School, set a world and American junior best and a national high school indoor record in the 300 meters at the Virginia Showcase, clocking 32.64.

Coleman, a University of Tennessee track legend, won The 2017 Bowerman Award in December in recognition of his outstanding 2017 collegiate track season.

Coleman, who was also a finalist for the 2017 IAAF Rising Star Award and a nominee for the 2017 Jesse Owens Award, is just the second person to win the USTFCCCA National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year awards in the same season since the Bowerman Award was introduced in 2009. The other person to sweep the awards, Galen Rupp, won the Bowerman in 2009. Coleman became just the second person in NCAA history to win four sprint national championships in one year (2017) as he won the 60 meters and 200 meters during the indoor season and the 100 meters and 200 meters during the outdoor season. VFL Justin Gatlin, who accomplished the feat in 2002, is the only other person to complete the sprint double-double.

In 2017, Coleman ran eight sub-10 times in the 100 meters, including a NCAA-record 9.82. He clocked a 19.85 in the 200 meters in the NCAA East first round. He was named SEC Outdoor Men's Runner of the Year and he earned the 2017 SEC Commissioner's Trophy as the high point scorer at the SEC Championships. During the indoor season, he matched the collegiate record for the 60 meters, clocking a 6.45 at NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.

In August, Coleman also earned silver in the men's 100 meters and the men's 4x100 at the London 2017 IAAF World Championship.
Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman.

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