Coleman leads Lyles over 100m in Eugene

American Christian Coleman, 2019 world champion, beat recent 100m world champion Noah Lyles in the Athletics Diamond League finals on Saturday in Eugene (Oregon, United States).

Thanks to a superb first half of the race, Coleman was able to cross the line in 9”83 (0.1 m/s wind), thus equaling the best world performance of the year, already achieved by the Briton Zharnel Hughes ( in New York in June), by Noah Lyles (in Budapest in August) and by himself (in Xiamen, China, two weeks ago).

Left behind halfway through the race, Lyles came back at the end to take second place in 9”85, ahead of the Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, 3rd, by a thousandth of a second. Lyles (26) became the new boss of world sprinting thanks to a resounding 100/200/4x100m hat-trick at the World Championships in Budapest last month. Coleman disappointed with a 5th place in the 100m, before taking part in the 4x100m relay title.

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