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Christian Coleman makes collegiate history, earns USATF Athlete of the Week

5/17/2017
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rio Olympian Christian Coleman did something no collegian has done in the history of NCAA track & field, earning his name in the record books and taking home USATF Athlete of the Week honors following the 2017 SEC Outdoor Championships.


Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) became the first collegian to run wind-legal times of sub-10 (100m) and sub-20 (200m) at a single meet, winning both the 100m and 200m at SEC Outdoors. Coleman won the 100m in 9.97 and the 200m in 19.98.


Coleman became a viral sensation a few weeks ago, running 4.12 in the 40-yard dash, surpassing the NFL Combine record of 4.22. Next up for the Tennessee junior is the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round, followed by the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.


Other notable performances:

  • 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks won his fourth Diamond League meeting of his career, clearing 5.88m/19-3.50 on his second attempt. Kendricks was also the victor in the 2016 Diamond League meeting in Shanghai.
  • Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley smashed his 400m personal best and notched the second-fastest time in collegiate history in 44.09 at the SEC Outdoor Championships. He is now 11th on the U.S. all-time list and 17th all-time on the world list.
  • 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson continued his retirement tour in style, clocking a meet record 48.63 to win the men’s 400m hurdles in Shanghai, eclipsing fellow U.S. Olympian Michael Tinsley’s previous record of 48.77 from 2014.
  • Noah Lyles shaved nearly .20 seconds off his personal best to cruise to a victory in the men’s 200m at the Shanghai Diamond League, equaling Wayde van Niekerk’s world lead of 19.90.
  • Susan Randall led the way for Team USATF at the 2017 Pan American Race Walk Cup in Lima, Peru this weekend, taking bronze in the women’s 50 km in 5:02:10.
  • Using an incredible amount of crowd support to push himself to the finish, 2012 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein was back to his winning ways Saturday morning at the USATF 25 km Championships, coming through the line in 1:14:27.
  • Rio Olympic 200m finalist Deajah Stevens notched an impressive double sprint victory to highlight the two-day Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday. The 21-year-old dominated the 200m in 22.09 to equal the world lead, a lifetime best that bested her previous 22.25 PB set at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field last year. Less than an hour earlier, Stevens clocked 11.05 (+1.4) to lead a 100m podium sweep for Oregon.
  • Aliphine Tuliamuk defended her USATF 25 km Championships title Saturday, dominating the field in 1:24:35, nearly a minute faster than the chase pack.

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.


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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