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    Christian Coleman tops 100 at US championships as Justin Gatlin sits out final

    Jul 27, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    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 on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time) 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 semifinal 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.

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