• Tony Herring

Athlete Profile: Christian Coleman


Christian Coleman broke the 60-meter dash world record back in March 2018. The record was held by Maurice Greene for 20 years. Greene also held the record for the 100-meter dash between 1999 and 2002 with a record time of 9.79.

Coleman was born on March 6, 1996 in Atlanta. He is originally from Fayetteville, Ga. He attended Tennessee University and won the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He turned pro after the 2017 track season.

In 2016, he competed at the Olympic trials and qualified for the Olympics for 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He placed sixth in the world for the 100-meter dash. He also competed in the 4x100 meter relay in which their team ran a 37.65.

He began his pro career in 2018. In his first meet of the year, he broke the 60 meter dash at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina. With a record time of 6.37, he is the fastest man between 60 meters. However, according to Wikipedia, “his time was not submitted for ratification as a world-record by USA Track & Field due to the event neither providing for electronic starting blocks, which measure reaction times in preventing false starts, nor a zero gun (AKA zero control) test, which checks that the automatic clock-timing system start and capture sequence are properly recorded.” This information was first reported in an ESPN article earlier this year.