Christian Coleman reacts after narrowly edging out Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala at Prefontaine Classic

Christian Coleman reacts after narrowly edging out Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala at Prefontaine Classic

Mark Kinyanjui 12:45 - 26.05.2024

Coleman narrowly edged out Omanyala, beating him by just 0.03 seconds to win the Prefontaine Classic 100m race on Saturday.

American sprint star Christian Coleman believes everything is going in the right direction after he registered his first sub-10 performance of the season in the 100m of the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, narrowly edging out Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala in the process.

Coleman crossed the finishing line first in a time of 9.95, with Omanyala settling for second in 9.98, also his first sub-10 performance of the season.

Coleman had worried a section of his fans with his slow start to the season, where he registered sub-10 performances despite securing top two finishes in each of his two Diamond League appearances in China last April.

Speaking to the media after his performance, which was delivered despite the rather iffy weather in Eugene, Coleman was pleased his acceleration patterns were paying dividends after weeks of hard work, considering it was his quick start that got him through in the end.

“Pretty decent considering the temperature, weather, I feel good. I feel like I am going in the right direction and taking next steps, so now we have to be ready for the trials and I am confident I will be even better.

“I have been working on my acceleration pattern which I feel showed today. I got to look back at the film but I feel like I transitioned really well and when I got on top of it, I feel like I got tight towards the end, so I feel it is all about putting it all together and using these races to fine tune it and get better. I feel good.”

Coleman has heaped praise on the level of competition he has had to put up with this season, with athletes like Omanyala, Akani Simbine and Fred Kerley giving him a run for his money.

He says he is not looking too much into the times for now, but rather, the competition.

“It is not even about the times. I just want to go out there, execute and compete  every time. In the Diamond League, it is like the regular season. Practice. We have to go out there, fine tune it and get better and better. But you are competing in a world class field.

“Every race is not going to be perfect. You have to focus on competing and coming home with a win, go back to the drawing board, rolling out again and going again.”

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