Christian Coleman wins national title in 100 meters

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Christian Coleman wins national title in 100 meters

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Christian Coleman poses next to his record time scoreboard Wednesday during the NCAA track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

Christian Coleman did it again. This time, it made him a national champion.

The electric track runner from the University of Tennessee placed first in the 100-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday night in Eugene, Ore., with a 10.04 time. It wasn’t record-breaking, but it was enough to claim the title comfortably.

Cameron Burrell of Houston finished second with a 10.12. Christopher Belcher of North Carolina A&T came in third at 10.19.

Remarkably, that time pales when compared with Coleman’s previous showing.

Coleman broke the collegiate record at the 100-meter dash Wednesday, posting a time of 9.82. The previous best mark was 9.89. That was the ninth fasted time (fourth fastest for an American) ever posted. Usain Bolt holds the overall record at 9.58 seconds.

Coleman joined Justin Gatlin as Volunteers in the all-time top 10 of the 100m times.

The owner of several Tennessee records, Coleman, a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy, is expected to make noise in future Olympic events. He ran a 9.95 in the 100m at the U.S. Olympic trials in 2016.

Coleman will run in the 200m at 10:07 p.m. EST on Friday. He’s the heavy favorite to take home another victory.

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