Tokyo silver medalist Fred Curley clocked 9.83 seconds in the world in the men’s 100m heats at the US Championships on Thursday, but there was a shock to the women’s heats heats when cheerleader favorite Shari Richardson failed to advance.
World champion Christian Coleman, who returned to action in January after an 18-month ban for breaking anti-doping rules, won with a time of 10.08 seconds while Trevon Brommel snatched his goal in 10.10.
“I feel very fit. I feel there is definitely a lot I can still build on,” Coleman said, “I feel very good for a preliminary competition and so I am very excited to try to put it all together tomorrow.”
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Eugene’s top three winners, who meet certain qualification criteria, and the world title holders, advance to the first world championships to be held in the United States on the same track, starting July 15.
Tokyo relay silver medalist Aleia Hobbs set the women’s fastest qualifying time (10.88) but Richardson, whose Olympic dreams ended with a positive cannabis test suspended, got off to a rough start and finished fifth in her qualifying. 11.31.
The late boom propelled Donavan Brazier, the world 800m champion, to win his tackles with a time of 1:46.49, his best performance of the season.
Two-time world bronze medalist Aji Wilson posted the women’s fastest qualifying time with 2:00.37, while 20-year-old Tokyo gold medalist Athing Mo and bronze medalist Raven Rogers also advanced.
In the women’s 400m hurdles, world record holder and gold medalist Sidney McLaughlin in Tokyo led all the way to easily win the heats at 54.11, with defending champion Dalila Muhammad losing through injury.
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