Christian Coleman primed for high-octane showdown with Fred Kerley at Xiamen Diamond League


Christian Coleman primed for high-octane showdown with Fred Kerley at Xiamen Diamond League

Festus Chuma 12:22 - 20.04.2024

Christian Coleman aims to outperform Fred Kerley in the 100m at the Xiamen Diamond League, building momentum for the Paris Olympics.

American Christian Coleman is gearing up for an electrifying face-off against his compatriot Fred Kerley in the 100m event at the Xiamen Diamond League this Saturday.

Both sprinters, who have recorded a personal best of 9.76 seconds—making them the sixth fastest men ever—are in top form, setting the stage for a thrilling race.

Reflecting on his performance last year where he clocked a world-leading 9.83 seconds at the same venue, Coleman expressed a mix of reverence and ambition. 

“Last year was incredible, I was coming off the World Championships where I didn’t perform exactly how I wanted, so I saw it as an opportunity to clean things up and have some success again,” he said.

 “It was a great meet. Hopefully, I can replicate that kind of performance.”

Since claiming the World Indoor 60m title in Glasgow last month, Coleman has been hard at work, fine-tuning his form and strength.

 “Training has been pretty good,” he affirmed. “I felt good about winning but I knew I had a lot more in the tank if we were to taper off and specialize indoors. After that, we went back into a training block, lifting heavy weights, doing some longer workouts. Now, I feel like my legs are coming off that and starting to feel pretty good, so hopefully, I can start the year off on a good note.”

As the Paris Olympics loom on the horizon, both Coleman and Kerley, former World Champions at the distance, are eyeing a strong start to the season to solidify their bids for the 2024 Games.

Coleman remains optimistic about his prospects and is eager to leverage his recent training gains.

 “The competition is always tough with Fred,” he acknowledged. “But I’m looking forward to testing my limits and putting on a great show for the fans.”

With both athletes at the peak of their abilities the Xiamen Diamond League promises to be a seminal event in track and field offering a glimpse of what to expect at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

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