Christian Coleman breaks Maurice Greene's 20-year-old 60m world record


Coleman smashed Maurice Greene's world indoor 60m record at the US National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last night, in 6.34 seconds. "I just wanted to be the first to get to the finish line".

The performance - at high altitude in Albuquerque - was particularly pleasing for Coleman after he had bettered Greene's world record time with a run of 6.37 seconds last month in SC, but the time was not ratified for technical reasons.

His mark beat the previous record of 6.39 set twice by fellow American Maurice Greene, in 1998 and 2001.

Considering he's only 21, expect to hear Coleman's name to continue to come up in the years to come heading into the next summer Olympics.

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The U.S. has medaled in almost every Olympic sport at least once, but there are some exceptions, including the biathlon. Russian Federation - which won the medal count in Sochi four years ago - is still waiting for its first gold medal.

Coleman is now firmly a favourite for the male sprint title at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.

This time Coleman ran 6.34 and the IAAF have officially announced the record on their website. "I just flourish in those moments". Between that run and this year, the mark has rarely been threatened.

It comes after a roller coaster start to the season for Coleman, the world 100m silver medallist.

Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds.