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World champion Christian Coleman returns to competitive sprint action

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USA sprinter, Christian Coleman, will make his first competitive 100m track appearance in February after serving a ban. The 25-year old took the World 100m sprint title in Doha back in 2019, but three missed drugs tests saw him receive a ban in 2020.

The original ban was for two years, but after the case went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, it was reduced to 18 months. The whereabouts ban for missing scheduled tests during 2019 meant Coleman could not participate in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

A 2022 new start

In January 2022, Coleman ran in a 300m event to open the new season, taking a runner-up spot at the Jim Green Invitational in Lexington, KY. The last time Coleman ran a competitive 100m race was in his 2019 Qatar victory, where he succeeded compatriot Justin Gatlin as world champion.

Coleman set the world’s fastest 100m times in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is also the reigning 60m indoor world champion following his 2018 victory.

The American sprinter will make his 100m reappearance in New York in early February after being confirmed as an entrant in the Millrose Games. It will be the first major event he has been in since February 2020.

High-class field set for New York

Coleman will go up against Trayvon Bromell, who set the world’s fastest 100m time for 2021, and 200m world champion Noah Lyles in New York in a high-class field. He stated that he’s not targeting a time, just looking to make a competitive return after his absence.

Coleman said:

“I’m just proud of myself for getting back to this point and grateful to be here and to compete going forward. I’m looking forward to the next few years, it’s going to be pretty exciting.”

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