The Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — When you get a phone call from former sprint king Maurice Greene straight after setting another record, you know you’ve done something special.
Christian Coleman added the championship record to his growing list of achievements in winning the 60 meters on Saturday at the world athletics indoors.
Coleman smashed Greene’s 20-year-old world record last month by clocking 6.34 seconds, and the American came within 0.03 seconds of that at Arena Birmingham.
Greene called as Coleman was talking to reporters after the race, and Coleman put the phone on speaker so everyone could hear Greene’s congratulations.
“Just to have my name up there with those kind of guys is a huge honor,” Coleman said after hanging up. “Maurice is someone I can call a friend now and that’s great for me.”
Coleman, who turns 22 on Tuesday, never looked in danger as he beat Su Bingtian of China by 0.05 and U.S. teammate Ronnie Baker by 0.07. He said the gold medal meant more to him than the world record.
Other world indoors records tumbled on Saturday: American Kendra Harrison set a new mark in the 60-meter hurdles as did compatriot Sandi Morris in the pole vault, and New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh in the shot put.
The oldest record in the world indoors book fell when Walsh’s last hurl of 22.31 meters eclipsed the record of 22.24 set by Ulf Timmermann in 1987.