As Usain Bolt prepares to run for the final time at this summer's World Championships in London, athletics might have found a man ready to step into his golden spikes.
With a time of 9.82 seconds, Tennessee Track star Christian Coleman set the 4th fastest time in the 100 meter event ever recorded by an American.
Coleman, whose time equaled Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago's mark, broke the previous collegiate 100m record of 9.89 to advance to Friday's final and is expected to make the US world championships team.
While winning the 100m and 200m SEC titles in May, Coleman became the first collegiate athlete to record wind-legal times under ten seconds in the 100 and under 20 seconds in the 200. The remainder will be contested on Friday.
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In the hammer, Cornell's Rudy Winkler followed up his 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials win at Hayward with a victory at 243 feet, 2 inches.
Winkler, a senior, has dealt with a back injury since the end of the indoor season in March.
Alexander Young of Southeast Louisiana was second at 241-8, moving up from sixth entering the final round.
Matthew Ludwig of the University of Akron won the pole vault after clearing 5.60m, while junior Ioannis Kyriazis of Greece, competing for Texas A&M, won the javelin with a mark of 82.58m.
Minnesota's Luca Wieland ended the first day of the decathlon with the lead with 4,440 points.