Christian Coleman's 60m world record may not be ratified

24 January 2018

World silver medallist Christian Coleman thought the world was at his feet when he sped to a 6.37 seconds world record over 60m at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina.

But according to USA Track and Field official Duffy Mahoney who was talking to Reuters, the IAAF rules state that electronic blocks which record reaction times and drug testers present at the competition are a prerequisite for ratified times.

Reuters reporter Gene Cherry reports that Coleman had drove two hours towards Atlanta, Georgia after the meet to provide a required sample and fill out paperwork with drug testers to help his case in ratification of the record.

Coleman – who finished one place ahead of Usain Bolt in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, broke the recognised world record of 6.39 seconds set 20 years prior by Maurice Greene..

After the race Coleman and his agent had been trying to follow all the official protocals to ensure this record can be ratified, “The race took six seconds but we have been at it for six hours to get the testing done,” Coleman’s agent Emanuel Hudson told Reuters.

Coleman said: “...I told him I was coming for his record. He said he believed I had the capabilities.” when talking to Maurice Greene about breaking his record.

Whatever the outcome Coleman will next compete in the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Feb10th, then head into the U.S. and world indoor trials, these are further chances to attepmt to break the world record again, knowing the correct regulations will be in place.

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