Marie Mahé, Media365, published on Sunday, May 08, 2022 at 1:20 p.m.
Back from his 18-month suspension, American Christian Coleman competed and won his first race over the 100-meter distance.
Here he is back on the queen distance. This Sunday, on the side of Tokyo, the American sprinter Christian Coleman, now 26 years old and reigning world champion in the distance, disputed his very first 100 meters since his return from suspension. A return on tiptoe, for the one who set a time of 10.09, while winning his race. As for his suspension, it lasted a total of 18 months, due to breaches related to his whereabouts obligations. Which made him miss the last edition of the Summer Games, which took place last summer, near Tokyo in Japan. This Sunday, the American beat the Japanese Yuki Koike (10.22) and the Australian Rohan Browning (10.23).
Coleman was beaten in March by Jacobs at the Indoor Worlds
By way of comparison, the best world performance of the year over the distance is currently held by the Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, since only this Saturday, in a time of 9.85. A chrono established on the side of Nairobi. For his part, at the end of his race, Coleman spoke, in remarks reported by theAFP : “I felt very good. I’m excited to have opened my season with a decent time. It’s something I can build on. I had a lot of expectations for this race.” His real return to competition took place in January. And more precisely during the winter season, which took place indoors. Last March, Coleman lost in the final of the 60-meter distance, during the world indoor athletics championships, near Belgrade in Serbia, beaten by the Italian Marcell Jacobs, who is none other than the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 meter distance.