Christian Coleman Defeats Noah Lyles to Win 60m World Indoor Title

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Christian Coleman secured his second World Indoor 60m title in Glasgow on Friday, executing a nearly flawless race right from the start. Exploding from the blocks, he claimed the lead with his initial strides and triumphed with a new World Leading time of 6.41 seconds.

In contrast, Noah Lyles, the reigning World champion in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m from the previous year, faced a slow start. Despite accelerating in the middle of the race, his efforts were insufficient, resulting in a second-place finish with a time of 6.44 seconds.

Coleman's victory marked his second world indoor title in the men's 60 meters, achieving a world seasonal lead of 6.41. This success came six years after his previous title in Birmingham 2018, where he clocked 6.37.

Christian Coleman: “I had a lot of confidence in myself coming in. You have to feel confident in yourself. I set my mind on letting my body do what I have been doing in practice and I came out with a win. I can look forward to the rest of the summer. I have got so many things to work on and I am looking forward to these opportunities. When you get these opportunities. When you get these opportunities you have got to take there”. 

Noah Lyles, making his debut at the World Indoor Championships, clinched the silver medal with a time of 6.44. Ackeem Blake from Jamaica secured the bronze medal in 6.46, while Ferdinand Omanyala and European indoor bronze medallist Henrik Larsson shared fourth place with a time of 6.56.

Noah Lyles: “It was a great run. Right among my best run. To run 6.44 I am very impressed with myself. I have run three rounds today. What a great indoor season”.

Results Friday, March 1 - Men's 60m Final

1Christian COLEMANUSA6.41 WL 0.127
2Noah LYLESUSA6.44 0.159
3Ackeem BLAKEJAM6.46 0.151
4Ferdinand OMANYALAKEN6.56.5520.138
5Henrik LARSSONSWE6.56.5600.140
6Emmanuel ESEMECMR6.68 0.150
7Shuhei TADAJPN6.70 0.162
8Chituru ALIITA8.00 0.147

Men’s 60 metres semifinals: 

In the initial semifinal, Christian Coleman raced to a time of 6.43, matching the world seasonal lead established by Noah Lyles at the US Indoor Championships. Italy's Chituru Ali secured second place, improving his personal best by 0.04 to 6.53, and Henrik Larsson finished third with a time of 6.55.

The second heat saw Akeem Blake claiming victory in 6.51, with Cameroon's Emmanuel Eseme setting a new national record at 6.52, securing second place.

In the third heat, Noah Lyles dominated with a winning time of 6.49, marking the second-fastest time in the semifinals. Ferdinand Omanyala secured the second spot with a time of 6.52.

In the preliminary rounds of the Men's 60 meters:

Christian Coleman posted the fastest overall time in the opening round, clocking 6.49 in the sixth heat, although he decelerated in the final stretch. Mario Burke secured second place with a time of 6.58. Noah Lyles, the World 100m and 200m champion, triumphed in the first 60 meters heat with a time of 6.57, leading ahead of Frenchman Jeff Erius (6.63), who recorded the sixth-fastest time in the initial round.

Ferdinand Omanyala, the African 100m record holder from Kenya, claimed victory in the fourth heat with a time of 6.52. Shuhei Tada of Japan set a new national record, improving by 0.01 to 6.52, finishing a mere two-thousandths of a second behind Omanyala in a closely contested race.

Cameroon's Emmanuel Eseme secured the top spot in the Men's 60 meters, setting a new national record of 6.54.

Ackeem Blake from Jamaica emerged victorious in the seventh heat with a time of 6.55, defeating 2019 European Indoor champion Jan Volko from Slovakia (6.59).

Henrik Larsson of Sweden won the second heat in 6.59, overcoming Malachi Murray (6.64).

Chituru Ali clinched victory in the third heat with a time of 6.59, narrowly edging out Emmanuel Matadi from Liberia by 0.01.

Men’s shot put: 

Securing his first world indoor gold medal, Ryan Crouser achieved a championship record of 22.77m in the fifth round, falling just five centimeters short of his world record. Two years ago, Crouser set a championship record of 22.44m in the previous edition of the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, only to be surpassed by Brazil’s Darlan Romani, who claimed gold with a South American record of 22.53m.

Crouser dominated the competition with his top four throws measuring 22.77m, 22.69m, 22.51m, and 22.36m.

Expressing his gratitude, Crouser said, “It’s a big honor. There is a fantastic atmosphere tonight. A great energy to feed off. It’s a great stepping stone to the Olympic Games. Technically, it was a bit iffy at times, but the power was there.”

New Zealand's Tom Walsh secured second place with a throw of 22.07m in the fifth round, marking his fifth career medal on his 32nd birthday. This followed two gold medals in 2016 and 2018, along with two bronze medals in 2014 and 2022.

Italy's Leonardo Fabbri claimed the bronze medal with a distance of 21.96m, adding this podium finish to his world outdoor silver medal in Budapest. Fabbri's training partner, Zane Weir from Italy, finished fourth with 21.85m, ahead of New Zealand’s Jacko Gill (21.69m).

Fabbri started strong with a 21.96m on his first attempt. Walsh threw over 22 meters with 22.07m before Crouser surged ahead with 22.36m.

Crouser marked 22.00m in the third round after a foul, while Walsh registered 21.65m and 21.06m in the second and third rounds. Two-time world under 20 champion Jacko Gill crossed the 21m barrier with a throw of 21.18m. Weir moved into fourth place with 21.31m.

Crouser improved his mark to 22.51m in the fourth round, Walsh produced his second throw over 22m with 22.03m, and Weir achieved his best throw of the day at 21.85m. Gill and Enekwechi improved to 21.69m and 21.60m, respectively.

Leonardo Fabbri: “It was a great result. I wanted to provide a great joy to all Italian athletics fans, who are watching our competitions. Shot put has not been in the spotlight for a long time. I wanted a great mark over 22 metres to put pressure on Crouser and try to beat him. I wanted to throw over my personal best of 22.37m, so I am really proud when I threw 21.96m in the first round, but then I tried to force it a little bit. The technique went slower and tight, so I am not so happy about that, but at the end of the day I got the medal, so that’s the most important thing. I learned how important it is to be relaxed at a championship ”. 

Crouser sealed the win with a championship record of 22.77m in the fifth round before finishing the competition with 22.69m, the second best put of the day. 

Women’s high jump: 

Nicola Olyslagers of Australia soared to a height of 1.99m, securing her inaugural global title in the women’s high jump. This victory adds to her accolades, including a silver medal at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo and a bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest in 2023.

Olyslagers maintained a flawless record until 1.95m before successfully clearing 1.97m on her second attempt. The Australian athlete then cleared 1.99m on her third and final attempt, claiming the top spot.

Reflecting on her performance, Nicola Olyslagers remarked, “I felt today was going to be a big challenge because I had not competed indoors since 2017. I came here today knowing I had to step outside my comfort zone outside of Australia. With that mindset and the track being so fast, I had to fight for every jump. When the bar went up to 1.99m, I remembered I had jumped the same height on a cold and windy night in Melbourne two weeks ago. The goal today wasn’t to win; it was to jump high, and I just happened to earn the title out of it.”

Yaroslava Mahuchik cleared 1.92m, 1.95m, and 1.97m on her first attempts, taking the lead. However, she faced three unsuccessful attempts at 1.99m, settling for the silver medal, two years after claiming gold in Belgrade.

Lia Apostolovski from Slovenia secured the bronze medal by successfully clearing all heights until 1.95m on her first attempt but fell short in three attempts at 1.97m.

Women’s shot put: 

Sarah Mitton from Canada won the women’s shot put with 20.22m in the sixth round adding the world indoor gold medal to her world outdoor silver medal In Budapest 2023 and the Commonwealth Games title in Birmingham 2023. 

Mitton finished second to Ealey Jackson at last summer’s World Championships in Budapest. The Canadian shot putter was born in Liverpool in Nova Scotia (New Scotland, as the Canadian province translates from Latin). She graduated from the University of Windsor in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, Mitton delayed plans to pursue further studies in marine biology. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World University Games in Neaples. 

Mitton started these championships ranked second on the world seasonal list with her previous Canadian indoor record of 20.08 set in Nehwizdy. 

Sarah Mitton: “It feels amazing to win my first gold medal. I am really excited by the distances all the women are throwing. It always comes down to small distances. Scotland is definitely my new favourite place outside of Nova Scotia. I will be coming back. To be the world champion, that sounds amazing. I was not able to say that before and now I am probably never going to stop saying that. This is the moment that cannot be taken away from you. Everything is a progression and every year, I am becoming a little bit better. It is also about learning how to win and how to handle yourself in different environments. Now I am comfortable and confident. I think I am able to show great performances. It’s unbelievable. 

Mitton opened with 19.40m in the first round. The Canadian athlete fouled her second attempt before improving to 19.81m. She took the lead with 20.20m in the fourth round and followed this mark with 19.49m and the winning mark of 20.22m in the final two rounds. 

Twenty-five year-old Yemisi Ogunleye from Germany took the early lead with a PB of 20.19m in the first round improving her previous lifetime best by 62 cm. The German shot putter produced only one more valid mark of 19.71m in the third round. 

 Yemisi Ogunleye: “To get 20 metres throw right on the spot with my first round was surreal. To go home with a silver medal is unbelievable. It’s a great gift for my whole team”.

Two-time world outdoor champion Chase Ealey Jackson won the bronze medal with a best throw of 19.67m in the second round two years after finishing second in the previous edition of the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade 2022. The US shot putter produced a good series that also included 19.56m, 19.26m, a foul, 19.60m and 19.29m. 

Maddison-Lee Wesche from New Zealand placed fourth with a lifetime best of 19.62m in the fifth round.  

Jessica Schilder from the Netherlands, who won the world indoor bronze medal in Belgrade 2022, finished fifth with 19.37m in her only valid attempt. 

Women’s pentathlon: 

Noor Vidts from Belgium won her second consecutive world indoor gold medal with a world leading mark of 4773 points two years after her triumph I Belgrade 2019, when she set her PB of 4929 points. Two-time world under 20 Saga Vanninen from Finland won the silver medal with a national record of 4677 points beating Sofie Dokter from the Netherlands (4571 points). Sveva Gerevini finished fourth breaking her own Italian record with 4559 points.  

Vidts from Belgium clocked 8.27 in the 60 metres hurdles before finishing second in the high jump with 1.79 to take the overall lead with 2034 points. The Belgian athlete ended the morning session with her indoor PB of 14.26m in the shot put, but she was overtaken by two-time world under 20 champion and European under 23 gold medallist Saga Vanninen, who won the shot put by half a metre with 15.01m to take the lead in the overall standing with 2883 points after three events. 

Vidts trailed by just 38 points in second place after the shot put. The Belgian athlete leapt to 6.50m in the long jump, missing her PB by just 10 cm and closed the gap to just nine points behind Vanninen, who moved back into the lead with a seasonal best of 6.41m. 

Vidts clocked 2:12.99 in the 800 metres, running almost eight seconds faster than Vanninen, who crossed the finish-line in 2:20.54. Vidts extended her lead to 96 points over Vanninen. The 20-year-old Finn became the first Finnish woman to win  a world indoor medal. 

Noor Vidts: “It’s quite crazy. I am really happy. It’s been a long, hard day”.  

Gerevini clocked 8.28 in the 60 metres hurdles before clearing 1.76m in the high jump and throwing 12.58m in the shot put. The Italian athlete finished third with 6.26m in the long jump to climb into fourth position before the 800 metres with 3624 points. She was just 10 points behind Sofie Dokter, who moved up to third with 6.20m  

Dokter smashed her PB by four seconds to 2:11.89 overtaking Gerevini, who clocked 2:12.07 to add 21 points to her previous national record of 4538 points set in Aubière. 

Maria Vicente from Spain ran the fastest time in the women’s 60 metres hurdles with 8.07 but she injured seriously on her Achilles tendon during the high jump, as she attempting 1.73m. Vicente, the 2017 world under 18 champion in the eptathlon, improved her own Spanish record with a world leading score of 4728 points last January in Aubière. 

Maria Vicente: “The competition Is over for me. We have seen the doctors and I have a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon. The same doctor who operated me the last time will operate me again in Barcelona. Thank you very much for the support. I will return for sure, as I did before”. 

Women’s 800 metres heats: 

Jemma Reekie from Great Britain topped the women’s 800 metres heat times with 1:59.45. Reekie is now coached by former 400 metres hurdles Olympic and world champion Sally Gunnell and her husband Joe Bigg.  

Eloisa Coiro from Italy finished second fastest qualifier improving her indoor PB to 1:59.76 (her first sub-2 minutes time) coming close to the Italian record held by Elisa Cusma with 1:59.25 since 2009. 

Habitam Alemu from Ethiopia, who set the fastest time in the world this year with 1:57.86, won her heat in the women’s 800 metres with 2:00.50 ahead of Jamaican record holder holder Natoya Goule Toppin (2:00.83).  

Tsige Duguma from Ethiopia ran exactly the same time as her compatriot Alemu to win the fourth heat ahead of 39-year-old Noelle Yarigo (2:01.13). 

European under 20 champion Audrey Werro from Switzerland clinched the second heat in 2:01.83 beating Australia’s Catriona Bissett (2:02.04). 

Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda and Lore Hoffmann advanced to the semifinal by finishing first and second respectively in 2:02.42 and 2:02.53. 

Men’s 800 metres heats: 

Reigning world indoor champion Mariano Garcia ran the fastest time in the men’s 800 metres heats with 1:45.81. Isaiah Harris finished second with 1:46.12. 

This year’s US Indoor champion Bryce Hoppel won the second heat in 1:46.15 ahead of Morocco’s Abdelati El Guesse (1:46.29). 

Elliot Crestan won the third heat in 1:46.79 beating Italian indoor record holder Catalin Tecuceanu (1:47.07). 

Mohamed Ali Gouned won the first heat in 1:46.49 beating Tshepiso Maselela from Botswana (1:46.75). Isaiah Harris finished second improving his seasonal best to 1:46.12. 

400 metres semifinal: 

Femke Bol ran the fastest time in the semifinal with 50.66. US indoor champion Alexis Holmes dipped under 51 seconds to finish second in 50.99. 

Lieke Klaver won the first semifinal clocking the third fastest time with 51.18. Talitha Diggs finished second with 51.28. 

Women’s 400 metres heats: 

Lieke Klaver won the second heat in 51.31. Susanne Gogl Walli from Austria finished second improving her national record to 51.43. 

Talitha Diggs from the USA, daughter of former 800m middle distance runner Joetta Clark Diggs, took the win in the third heat in 52.17 ahead of French indoor champion Amandine Brossier and European under 23 silver medallist Henriette Jaeger, who shared the same time of 52.23. 

World indoor record holder Femke Bol eased through to the semifinal with 52.00 in the fourth heat beating US indoor champion Alexis Holmes (52.35). 

Men’s 400 metres semifinals: 

Karsten Warholm advanced to Saturday’s final with the second fastest qualifying time of 45.86, 

Alexander Doom from Belgium won the men’s 400 metres semifinal improving his PB to 45.69 beating Joao Coelho from Portugal, who ran the third fastest time in a personal best of 45.98.   

Men’s 400 metres heats: 

European indoor record holder Karsten Warholm won the first men’s 400 metres heat easily in 46.68 in his first competition of the 2024 season. Warholm won the European indoor title in the same arena in 2019. 

Matej Krsek from Czech Republic claimed the win in the second heat in 46.07. Rusheen McDonald improved his indoor PB to 46.25. Joao Coelho ran the fourth fastest time of the heats with 46.35. Defending champion Jereem Richards from Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth in 47.04, but he got through to the semifinal as non-automatic qualifier. 

Hungarian record holder Attila Molnar won the third heat in 46.52 beating Dubem Nwachukwu from Nigeria (46.91). 

Women’s 1500 metres heats:  

US 1500 metres Nikki Hiltz ran the fastest overall time in the first round of the women’s 1500 metres with an indoor PB of 4:04.34 edging Great Britain’s Georgia Bell by 0.05 in the first heat. 

World Indoor Tour winner Diribe Welteji won the third heat in 4:07.17 ahead of Portugal’s Salomé Afonso (4:07.55). Welteji’s compatriot Freweyni Hailu won the slowest heat in 4:12.38 ahead of Revee Walcott Nolan from Great Britain (4:13.08). 

Agathe Guillemot from France took the win in the fourth heat with 4:11.46 ahead of Birke Haylom (4:11.54).  

Men’s 1500 metres heats: 

Vincent Keter, world under 20 champion in Nairobi 2021, was the fastest qualifier with 3:38.96. Hobbs Kessler finished second in 3:39.07. World bronze medallist Narve Nordas took an easy win in 3:42.09. 

Cole Hocker won the opening heat in 3:39.32 ahead of Samuel Pihlstrom from Sweden (3:39.63). Two-time world indoor champion Samuel Tefera took third place in 3:39.66.

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