The men’s 100 meters officially has a new king.
Meet after meet, American Christian Coleman has dominated track & field’s marquee event following the retirement of Usain Bolt in 2017. But with no World Championships in 2018 and a very late Worlds in 2019, he had to wait longer than usual to achieve his royal seat as 100-meter world champion.
After what he did tonight at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, there is no doubt: Coleman is the finest 100-meter runner in the world. And it’s not particularly close.
Coleman got his usual fast start, had a clear lead by halfway, and dominated the final 50 meters to win in 9.76 — a personal best that now makes him the sixth-fastest man of all time. Once he crossed the line, he took a quick left turn around the curve, soaking in the finest moment of a day he described as the best of his 23-year-old life. No other competitors were in sight, and that’s how it felt during the race itself as Coleman won by a long margin, .13 of a second.