Des Moines, Iowa: Christian Coleman cruised to the men’s 100-meter title at the US championships in a final that Justin Gatlin elected to sit out.
Coleman blasted out of the starting blocks Friday night and couldn’t be caught as the 23-year-old finished in 9.99 seconds. Michael Rodgers was second by thousandths of a second over Christopher Belcher. Both times flashed 10.12.
The 37-year-old Gatlin ran in the semi-final round, but his lane was empty for the final. He already had a guaranteed 100 spot for the world championships in Doha this fall, because he’s the defending champion.
Teahna Daniels used a strong surge midway through the race to win the women’s 100 in 11.20 seconds. English Gardner was second and Morolake Akinosun third.