Christian Coleman claims world 100m title

World Athletics Championships: Christian Coleman claims world 100m title

Christian Coleman shrugged off the controversy of his build-up to the World Championships to win the 100m final in 9.76 seconds.

The pre-event favourite, who avoided a ban for three missed doping tests, finished well clear of defending champion and fellow American Justin Gatlin, who clocked 9.89 in Doha.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse took bronze in 9.90.

Britain’s European champion Zharnel Hughes was sixth in 10.03.

Although he will receive generous plaudits for his display here, USA track great Michael Johnson said prior to the competition the three missed tests “completely disqualifies” his compatriot from being the face of the sport.

Much of the focus leading up to the championships was about who from Coleman and his USA team-mate Noah Lyles, competing in the 200m, would take the title of ‘sprint king’ following Usain Bolt’s retirement after London 2017.

 World Athletics Championships: Christian Coleman claims world 100m title

That projected battle was thrown into serious doubt when it was announced in August that Coleman was under investigation for missing three tests in 12 months. If found guilty, the 23-year-old from Atlanta faced a one-year ban.

However, the US Anti-Doping Agency, which initially charged Coleman, withdrew the case after it was proved there had been a filing irregularity regarding the date of the first missed test.

Seemingly unaffected by the drama, Coleman cruised through the rounds before once again making his superiority count in the final.

Defending champion Justin Gatlin, who is also a controversial figure having twice served doping bans, produced another sensational display in a final.

Having won the Olympic title back in 2004 and now aged 37, he still remains a force in men’s sprinting and must be regarded as an Olympic medal contender for Tokyo 2020.

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