Christian Coleman withdraws from World Championship 200m

All three Canadian men are through to the 200m semi-final on Monday

September 29th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , ,

On Saturday night, American Christian Coleman won the World Championship 100m in a personal best of 9.76, a time which also made him the sixth-fastest man in history. The sprinter was entered in the 200m heats which ran on Sunday afternoon, but pulled out at the last minute.

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Coleman reportedly couldn’t take the strain of racing on Sunday after Saturday’s victory. The Independent reports that Coleman was at the track until 1 a.m. and decided to forgo a chance at becoming a double World Championship gold medallist.

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Coleman faced heavy backlash from track and field fans ahead of the championships. The sprinter missed three out-of-competition drug tests in the last 12 months, which meant he was facing a two-year ban. After several weeks of investigation and the discovery of a legal loophole, the US Anti-Doping Agency dropped its case against Coleman.

Canadians Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse, fresh off of the 100m final, along with Brendan Rodney are onto the 200m semi-final Monday at 1:50 p.m. EDT. The three Canadians will face American Noah Lyles, the fourth-fastest man in history, in that semi-final. Without Coleman in contention for the gold, Lyles becomes the man to beat.

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In other Sunday action, Marco Arop has qualified for Tuesday’s 800m final. Arop ran an extremely impressive semi, leading his heat which included the sixth-fastest man in history Emmanuel Korir, wire to wire.

Unfortunately, Canadian record-holder Brandon McBride was eliminated in Sunday’s semi final. After a very slow first lap, McBride made a big move and swung wide with 500m to go but was passed in the final straightaway.

In the women’s 100m, Shelley Ann-Fraser Pryce, under two year post-postpartum, ran the world lead in the 100m for the win. She becomes the 0ldest 100m world champion. Second place went to Dina Asher-Smith,  and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was third.