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Christian Coleman Q&A - IAAF World Indoor Championships


Fresh off a world record at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships, Christian Coleman on Friday spoke about his upcoming competition at the World Indoor Championships. He will compete Saturday in the men’s 60 meters.

On how he feels: I felt pretty good in practice. I’m really excited. If the world record comes, I’ll take it, but I’m just trying to win.

On what he needs to work on from his race at USATF Indoors: There is always stuff that you can improve on. Even when you do something right, you can always try to go out and do something better. I have a mindset going into anything that I always want to improve. (On his race in Albuquerque at USATF Indoors): My reaction time wasn’t as fast as it has been. My reaction and first two or three steps I can really focus in on.

On what he enjoys about being a professional sprinter: I feel like everybody gets excited about the sprint events.  Everybody can relate to seeing who is the fastest. It’s exciting, its competitive, and I like to win.

On running under pressure as the world record-breaker: I use it positively. I have the world record, but I have a lot to prove. Not just to other people but to myself.

Do you think fame will change you? I guess a couple more people might notice me. A lot of people who know me personally say they’ve seen me make it this far an it inspires them. Honestly that inspires me. I don’t think it will change me.

On people he spoke to after breaking the world record: I talked to (former world record holder) Maurice Greene. He told me he was proud of me. We have a relationship because we have the same agent. I had a good conversation with him. He was happy. Records were meant to be broken. It doesn’t take anything away from his accomplishment. His record stood for 20 years.


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