XIAMEN – At the inaugural Xiamen Diamond League meet, former world champion Christian Coleman delivered a phenomenal performance in the men’s 100m on Saturday, 2 September, reminding everyone of his prowess on the track.
Coleman, who was somewhat underwhelming at last month's Budapest World Championships with a fifth-place finish, was not to be denied in Xiamen. He bolted from the blocks at Egret Stadium and maintained his lead, even with the impressive surge from Kishane Thompson towards the finish line.
Both athletes put on a spectacular display with Coleman clocking in at 9.83 seconds, matching Zharnel Hughes' world lead for 2023. Thompson, not far behind, set a personal best of 9.85 seconds, securing his spot for the Diamond League Finals to be held in Eugene, Oregon.
Fred Kerley, another American speedster, finished third. Despite a not-so-impressive start, Kerley showed his resilience, clocking in at 9.96 seconds. This was his first individual 100m since being eliminated in the semi-finals in Budapest. It's noteworthy to remember that Kerley was part of the triumphant 4x100m relay team with Coleman.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Marcell Jacobs, the reigning Olympic champion, continues to battle adversity. Jacobs, who has been plagued by injuries this season, finished seventh with a time of 10.05 seconds.
The event wasn't without its share of drama. Jamaican sprinter Ackeem Blake had a forgettable outing. His hopes for a Diamond League Final appearance were dashed when he stumbled right out of the blocks. Determined to finish, Blake crossed the line a staggering 15 seconds after his peers.
As the Diamond League series continues, all eyes will now turn to the finals in Oregon. With performances like these, the competition promises to be intense and thrilling.
Men's 100m: wind +0.4
|9.83 MR =WL
|JACOBS Lamont Marcell