World’s Fastest Man: I Do Things the Right Way
By Samuel Victor Akpan
New World 100m champion Christian Coleman has had a truly eventful last couple of weeks. After narrowly avoiding missing out on the on-going World Athletics Championships in Doha, the 23-year old has gone on to write his name in the history books.
His time of 9.76 seconds was enough to see him claim the right to be called the fastest man in the world this year and also set the record for sixth-fastest time in history.
However, the American sprinter has defended himself against criticisms over his doping test row, saying he has shown himself to be “a guy who does everything the right way.”
The US Anti-Doping Agency had in August charged Coleman with missing three drugs tests in 12 months but it withdrew the case on the grounds of a filing irregularity as regards the date of the first missed test.
"I have proved myself over the years to be a guy who does everything the right way”, Coleman said in an interview with the BBC.
"All I can do is focus on myself and my family. I came out with a gold medal, I'm blessed."
"Coming from where we come from, you're not supposed to be here and be a world champion. From Atlanta, people don't make it outside of that bubble, especially being a black man in America", he continued further.
Coleman, who won silver two years ago, had to fight off stiff competition from former Olympic champion and fellow American Justin Gatlin and also Jamaican Johan Blake.
"It's sad when people say the things they say when they don't really know me", said Coleman who won the race ahead of Justin Gatlin in second place (9.89s), and Canada’s Andre De Grasse (9.90s) in third.
Meanwhile, Justin Gatlin says he wants another shot at the Olympic gold after his second-place finish in Doha.
The 37-year old took gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and now is targeting glory at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
"It's surreal for me, it's like my career is in reverse. I felt like I arrived at the beginning of my career and now I have crossed that finishing line so many times I am just thankful.”
"I find motivation from the fans, they still wish me well. I've got a few races left in me. Hopefully, I'll be in Tokyo - I don't get a bye for that one so I'll have to run hard", Gatlin disclosed.