It has been six years and 13 days since Atlanta, Georgia’s Christian Coleman broke the 60-metre world record during the USATF Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Friday, he ran one of his best 60m sprints since that day — it has been a long time coming. The 27-year-old clocked 6.41 seconds. In so doing, he bettered fellow American Noah Lyles and won the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships gold medal.

“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’ve got so many things to work on and I am just looking forward to these opportunities. When you get these opportunities, you have got to take them.”

Coleman of course, is referencing the opportunity to grasp for the brass ring — the gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. He missed the 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic Games due to a two-year suspension. It was reduced to 18 months, for whereabouts failures. He missed three tests within 12 months.

Coleman ran 6.41 only once before. It is his third-fastest performance to his world record of 6.34 and the three times he has clocked 6.37, two of those were in college. He holds the top-four positions in world history.

Saturday, February 17 at the 2024 USATF Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, it was Lyles, the 100m and 200m specialist, who defeated Coleman. Lyles finished in 6.43 seconds, which was the world lead. Coleman finished in 6.44.

As the sprints are warrior sports, harkening back to wars fought solely on the ground, the 60m is all power and speed. It was Leo Tolstoy who wrote those lasting words in the tome War and Peace, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time,” and all Coleman needed was to wait for Lyles in Glasgow to unleash his might.

Finishing in third place Friday for bronze was Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake in 6.46. The 22-year-old is coming off of a national record run of 6.42 on February 25 in Kingston, Jamaica. There is more to come from this athletes and all three will feature prominently in Paris.