American Christian Coleman signaled his gold medal intentions with another brilliant run in the men’s 100m semi-finals. The 23-year-old, looking to field in the void left by the legendary Usain Bolt won his heats in another sub-10s run.
His explosive start saw him wining his 100m semi in 9.88 with Canadian Aaron Brown a distant second, in 10.12.
Defending champion Justin Gatlin, however, only managed third in his semi-finals behind Canadian Andre De Grasse and former champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica. De Grasse won in a time of 10.07 with both Blake and Gatlin clocking identical 10.09s.
Gatlin had finished ahead of De Grasse in the heats but could not repeat the success in the semi-finals.However, the time was enough for Gatlin to reserve his place in the final as the fastest loser.
European champion Zarnel Hughes was edged to second place in the other semi-final heats by African champion Akani Simbine. Simbine finished the dash in 10.01 with Hughes qualifying in 10.05.
Italian Filippi Tortu (10.11) makes the final list of eight runners vying for the blue riband event.
Coleman, with his imperious form, looks set to claim the titles as the world fastest man. In the heats yesterday, he was the only runner to dip below 10s. In the semi-final he went faster than the 9.98 he clocked in the heats.
Coleman arrived in Doha as the world’s fastest man and has spo far shown that he is the man to beat for the coveted crown. He has had an impressive 2019, notching 9.86, 9.85 and 9.81 performances in three successive early season races before taking the US title in 9.99 in late July.
His only loss was by a whisker to Noah Lyles in his debut in Shanghai. He lost the race by 0.006. Lyle, who is not taking part in the 100m in Doha, was timed at 9.858 in that race.
Based on his form so far, it looks like he already has the 100m gold in his sight.