Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, Christian Miller & Co sail through to men's 100m semifinal at Olympic trials

Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, Christian Miller & Co sail through to men's 100m semifinal at Olympic trials

Abigael Wafula 05:44 - 23.06.2024

The men's 100m semifinal will definitely be one to watch as Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, High Schooler Christian Miller, Kenny Bendarek and Co have qualified following their impressive runs in the heats.

Triple world champion Noah Lyles and world indoor 60m champion Christian Coleman have successfully cruised to the semifinal of the men’s 100m at the USATF Olympic trials happening at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Competing in his heat, Lyles had a steady start off the blocks, clocking 9.92 to cross the finish line with his time being the fastest in all the heats. Coleman came in second, with 9.99, after his winning his heat to automatically qualify for the semifinal of the event.

Kenny Bednarek and Courtney Lindsey have also qualified for the semifinal of the event, following their 10.00 clocked in their respective heats with Fred Kerley also making the cut to the semifinal. High School student Christian Miller and Lyles’s younger brother Josephus Lyles have also been included in the semifinal.

Speaking after the victory, Lyles was impressed with his start from the blocks and explained that he had a stronger reaction time but noted that he expects even better going into the semifinal.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve put together and my coach and I were saying that you need to win the race from the 60m. I’d definitely say that’s the best I’ve felt and I think I ran a little faster at World’s last year but I didn’t have what I was looking for,” he said.

The American sprint king added that this year, things are working out well for him, and coming from the heats, he feels like he is on the right track when it comes to executing races.

Meanwhile, Miller explained that competing in the senior category is different for him since he had to learn how to get off the blocks faster and just keep going, racing against very strong and experienced athletes.

“I kind of knew my top end and I kind of knew I had a bad start but I was confident that in the last 30m I would be able to get back up and catch up with the rest. I just want to take one round at a time and not worry on what will happen next and I just want to go out there and compete,” he said.