World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024: Christian Coleman beats Noah Lyles to 60m gold

Showman Lyles announced himself as athletics’ long-awaited successor to Usain Bolt by winning a remarkable treble gold at the World Championships in Budapest, which also included success in the 4x100m relay.

And the 26-year-old has stated his intent to aim even higher this year, hinting he could even look to add the 4x400m relay to his targets as part of a golden quadruple in Paris.

But, on the opening night of action inside Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, it was Coleman who stole the spotlight.

Lyles, predominantly a 200m runner, set a 60m personal best 6.43 in Boston in February – a time which brought him within 0.1 seconds of Coleman’s 2018 record.

Coleman, who missed the Tokyo Olympics while serving an 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests, matched that world lead in his semi-final, before going even faster when it mattered most in the final.

It was a rare setback for Lyles as he seeks to further assert himself as the athlete to beat at the Paris Olympic Games, but his progress over the shorter distance will leave him full of confidence at the start of a potentially historic year.

Lake’s medal wait goes on

Since winning her sole major medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Lake has endured her fair share of near-misses at major championships.

After an injury picked up in qualification denied her a shot at the Olympic final in Tokyo, the 26-year-old finished fourth at the 2022 Commonwealths before going as close at last summer’s World Championships in Budapest.

But the British record holder was unable to earn the breakthrough first global medal she has been working towards with coach Robbie Grabarz, winner of Olympic silver for GB at London 2012.

Lake produced gutsy clearances with her final attempts at 1.88m and 1.92m to stay in contention, but she could not build momentum despite the best efforts of the home crowd.

Australia’s Olyslagers emerged victorious after she cleared 1.99m with her final attempt to deny defending champion Mahuchikh, who jumped 1.97m for silver.

More to follow.

Source: BBC News

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