Tennessee's Christian Coleman set a new world record in the 60 meters at Clemson University (S.C.) on Friday, running a time of 6.37 seconds to better the previous mark of 6.39 formerly held by Maurice Greene.
He broke Maurice Greene's record of 6.39 in 1998. "Thank you God", Coleman tweeted after his record breaking performance.
"So that was in the back of my mind, but I didn't realize I had the capability to do it in the first meet".
The 21-year-old sprinter, who finished behind compatriot Justin Gatlin to win 100m silver in the World Championships last summer, ran 6.37 seconds at an indoor meet in SC.
Coleman's previous best was 6.45, set in winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor 60m title a year ago.
Coleman's tag as America's next sprint hope was established past year when he clocked a world-best 9.82 seconds in the 100m at the USA collegiate championships before he edged the legendary Usain Bolt for silver at the world championships.
He also finished third in the overall world lists over 200m last season, his clocking of 19.85 only being bettered by Botswana's Isaac Makwala's 19.77 and the 19.84 run by South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk.
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