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Christian Coleman of Team United States after winning the Men’s 60 Metres Final on Day 1 of the World Athletics Indoor Championships at Emirates Arena on March 01, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Athletics

Coleman beats Lyles to prove he is the world’s fastest 60m runner

6.41s was all it took. No doubt, no reservations. Christian Coleman proved emphatically that he is the fastest man on the planet over 60m as he won a race for the ages at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

In what was a much-anticipated duel between himself and triple-world outdoor champion Noah Lyles, Coleman proved to the world how good he is over the distance as he reclaimed the title he lost to Marcel Jacobs in Belgrade two years ago.

Coleman got out to a very great start and was ahead after 30m with Lyles a few meters behind him. Unlike what happened at the United States Indoor Championships in which Lyles crawled his way back to win, the world record holder in the event held his nerves to claim victory in a new world lead. Lyles ran 6.44s to take Silver with Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake picking up the Bronze with 6.46s.

“I’m the greatest 60m runner ever after this title”. Coleman said after the win.

Nicola Olyslagers of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s High Jump Final on Day One of the World Athletics Indoor Championships at Emirates Arena on March 01, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

FIRST GLOBAL TITLE

In what was a riveting contest, Australia’s Nicola Olyslagers cleared 1.99m to win her first global title – getting high jump gold ahead of defending champion, Yaroslava Mahuchikh.

Mahuchikh soared over 1.97m to secure the silver, with Bronze going to Lia Apostolovski, who equaled her PB with 1.95m.

In the pentathlon, rising force in the combined event Maria Vicente who was topping the leader board in the women’s Pentathlon in the morning was left in tears after rupturing her Achilles tendon paving the way for Belgium’s Noor Vidts to win the title with 4773 points. Finland’s Saga Vanninen claimed silver with 4677 points while Sophia Dokter snagged the bronze with 4571 points.

UNSTOPPABLE CROUSER

Ryan Crouser completed his collection of medals in the men’s shot putt as he added the World Indoor gold to his glittering collection of medals.

The two-time world outdoor, Olympic champion and world record-holder set a new championship record of 22.77m to add spice to the win.

FIRST GOLD OF DAY 1

Meanwhile, Canada’s Sarah Mitton won the first gold medal of the day as she produced a fourth-round effort of 20.20m to usurp Germany’s 25-year-old Yemisi Ogunleye, who comfortably surpassed her personal best of 19.57m with a first-round effort of 20.19m.

Chase Jackson, the two-time world outdoor champion, didn’t quite reach her peak performance but still secured the bronze medal with a throw of 19.67m.

Credit: AIPS Media 

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