Richardson dominates and Coleman cruises in 100m heats at US Championships

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Richardson dominates and Coleman cruises in 100m heats at US Championships

Sha’Carri Richardson began her U.S. championships with an outstanding performance, winning the opening 100m heat in a world-leading time of 10.71 seconds. On the men’s side, Christian Coleman also advanced with a comfortable time of 9.95.

Despite losing her place at the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive cannabis test and failing to qualify for last year’s world championships, Richardson showed her determination to succeed this time. She started strong, maintaining her lead throughout the race and securing her spot in the semi-finals with a subdued celebration.

In the same heat, Brittany Brown finished 0.25 seconds behind Richardson, while 17-year-old Mia Brahe-Pedersen also advanced with a time of 11.05.

Coleman, the 2019 100m world champion who missed the Tokyo Games due to a suspension, delivered the fastest time overall in the men’s competition.

Noah Lyles, the double 200m world champion, faced challenges in the shorter sprint but managed to finish second in his heat with a time of 10.05. Trayvon Bromell, the bronze medallist from last year’s world championships, also advanced, but silver medallist Marvin Bracy did not move on due to a leg issue.

Sydney McLaughlin, the Olympic 400m hurdles champion, continued her success in the flat race by winning her heat in 49.79 seconds, the only competitor to break the 50-second mark. Running on the same track where she set a world record in hurdles last year, McLaughlin demonstrated complete control and eased through the finish.

Raevyn Rogers, the Tokyo 800m bronze medallist, and Ajee Wilson, a twice world bronze medallist, had no trouble advancing in their event. Nia Akins recorded the fastest overall time of the day with 1:59.09.

In the men’s event, Clayton Murphy, the Rio bronze medallist, posted the best time of 1:46.36. Will Sumner, the fastest American in the event this year, also advanced.

The top three finishers in each event in Eugene who meet the qualifying standards, along with reigning global title-holders, will advance to the world championships in Budapest starting on Aug. 19.

Last year, the United States achieved a record-breaking 33 medals in the first world championships held on U.S. soil.

The U.S. trials began on Thursday and will continue until Sunday.

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