BIRMINGHAM, March 3: US track sensation Christian Coleman cruised into the semi-finals of the world indoor 60m today as he looks to become the first sprint phenomenon of the post-Usain Bolt era.
Coleman arrived in Birmingham, England, fresh from having set a new world indoor record for the 60m, blasting to victory in an altitude-assisted 6.34 sec at the US championships in Albuquerque last month.
And the 21-year-old American took his first steps in the global arena in the absence of the now-retired Bolt, whom he beat to bronze in the 100m at last year�s London world outdoor championships.
Coleman clocked 6.71 sec to win his heat, overcoming a little stumble out of the blocks that left him scrabbling low before he got into his running and put some daylight between himself and the rest of the field.
�I just wanted to come out here and make it to the next round. My start was decent, but I tripped. But I stayed calm and made it through,� said Coleman.
�My focus is to win. I have come out here to compete and to see if I can come out with the victory. I put a lot of focus on it. I�m really excited and feel well prepared. The crowd here is great so far and I think it will be electric this evening,� said Coleman.
Finishing in the third automatic qualifying spot in the heat was Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who turns 42 next month and is the first athlete over 40 to break the mythical sub-10sec barrier over 100m. � AFP