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Coleman Sets Season’s Best to Win Diamond League Sprint

Christian Coleman beat Reece Prescott, Ronnie Baker  and Akani Simbine to win the men’s 100m.Christian Coleman beat Reece Prescott, Ronnie Baker  and Akani Simbine to win the men’s 100m.

American Christian Coleman proved he is this year’s king of the sprinters when he set a season’s best 9.79 seconds in the 100 meters on Friday to take the Diamond League title in Brussels.

Following his world record and World Indoor championship victory at 60m earlier this year, Coleman flew out of the blocks on Friday and kept up the momentum to clock a personal best time, Reuters reported.

Compatriot Ronnie Baker, who had set the previous fastest 100m of the year nine days ago, was second in 9.93 seconds, with Jamaica’s Yohan Blake third a further hundredth of a second back.

Coleman, silver medalist at last year’s World Championships in London, suffered hamstring injuries for much of the outdoor season, but said he arrived in Brussels finally fit and with scores to settle.

Brussels was hosting the second part of the Diamond League finals, a day after the first part in Zurich, with all event winners securing $50,000. Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen proved the week’s biggest winner, following triple jump success in Zurich by a centimeter on Thursday with long jump victory in Brussels on Friday. Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega also set a personal and season’s best time in the men’s 5,000m, sprinting into the lead in the final half lap to win in 12 minutes 43.02 seconds.

 

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