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Christian Coleman captures USATF Athlete of the Week after earning two national titles, setting new collegiate record at NCAA Outdoor Championships

6/14/2017
 

INDIANAPOLIS – Rio Olympian Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) earns Athlete of the Week honors following dominant performances at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, taking home two national titles while setting a new collegiate record.  


The Tennessee Vol broke the collegiate record in the 100m last Wednesday, running an impressive 9.82 in the semifinals. Coleman went on to capture the national title Friday with a final time of 10.04. In combination with his winning 200m in 20.25, Coleman joins Justin Gatlin as the second NCAA athlete in history to win the 60m and 200m indoors and the 100m and 200m outdoors.

 

"I know what I'm capable of and I know the work that I put in,” Coleman said following his record-breaking 100m sprint. “In that particular race, I was just going out there trying to execute and run to make the final. I wasn't necessarily running for a record or anything like that, but I could definitely feel myself getting out of the blocks pretty well and separating from the pack. I just wanted to finish through the line."

 

Coleman currently ranks as the fourth-fastest American in history and the top ten 100m runners of all time. Next up for Coleman is USATF Outdoor Championships at Sacramento State University, June 22-25, where he will compete for a spot on Team USATF at the IAAF World Championships in London.

 

Other notable performances:

  • Jeanne Daprano (Atlanta, Georgia) easily broke a 16-year-old American W80 mile record with a time of 8:35.04 at the South Carolina Open & Masters Track Classic on Saturday. The previous record was 9:00.52 from 2001.

  • Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Oregon) won the 10k in 31:38.68 at Portland Track Festival meeting the qualification standard for world championships. This was her first race back since the Rio marathon as she had to drop out of the Boston Marathon due to a hip injury.

  • Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas) earned a W65 world record in the 3k in 11:47.30 at Portland Track Festival, which beat the listed W65 world record of 11:48.2 from 2012. She placed fourth overall in the race.

  • Florida’s Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Michigan) won the women’s 200m national title and broke the collegiate record in 22.02 at NCAA Outdoor Championships. The previously set record of 22.04 had been in place since 1989.

  • Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley (Taylor, Texas) dominated the men’s 400m at NCAA Outdoor Championships, winning the national title in 44.10. Kerley anchored two sub-3:00 4x400s as well and ran on the 4x100 that placed 4th.

  • Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) anchored and won the women’s 4x400 relay, allowing Oregon to take home the NCAA Outdoor Championships team national title and complete the first ever Triple Crown. Rogers battled with USC as both teams broke the previous collegiate record, while Oregon set the new one with 3:23.13. Rogers’s split was 49.77.

  • Georgia’s Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) won the women’s heptathlon at NCAA Outdoor Championships, making her a seven-time NCAA Champion (4x Indoor, 3x Outdoor).

 

Now in its 16th 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.

 

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman.

 

We welcome your nominations!

To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to Communications@usatf.org.

 

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