Christian Coleman pours out emotions after missing US men's 100m Olympic team

Christian Coleman pours out emotions after missing US men's 100m Olympic team

Abigael Wafula 15:32 - 29.06.2024

Christian Coleman has opened up about dealing with the emotions of missing out on the men's 100m team to the Olympic team and how long it took for him to come to terms with the setback.

Reigning world indoor 60m champion Christian Coleman has opened up on not making the US Olympic team in the men’s 100m and bouncing back from the same to vie for the 200m ticket.

Coleman went into the race as a top prospect for the team following his blistering performance so far this season but he failed to live up to expectations, finishing fourth in the race.

Triple world champion Noah Lyles won the race, equaling his personal best time of 9.83 ahead of Kenny Bednarek who clocked 9.87. The 2022 world 100m champion Fred Kerley sealed the podium, crossing the finish line in a time of 9.88.

Coleman opened up on processing the emotions and letting go to look forward. He noted that such things happen and it showcases the beauty of the sport.

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He took time off to process everything and draw positives, explaining that the greatness of an athlete should not only be about winning accolades but also the challenges and setbacks.

“About a day or two, I think…I was just dealing with those feelings and emotions and that’s what I feel like is the beauty of track and field but it’s just like what makes it so tough,” he said.

“We train so hard for these specific moments but to me like, that’s what the stories need to be told the fact that that’s just greatness.

“Greatness is not just about when you are winning the accolades but the moments are few and far in between what you do to be able to put yourself in the best possible situation to come out on top but.

“Even when you lose you bounce back just like in football when you have the next quarter, the next play, a next game.”

He added that no one ever plans to fail and he was confident of making the team since he had worked on every aspect but things turned out differently.

“I don’t know man, it’s just a part of the sport and I’ve been doing it for a while so you just see what’s coming with the territory because you never plan for a failure. I feel like I came here and checked out all the boxes but there’s more that I can do going forward,” he added.