World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024: Coleman Takes Gold in 60m Dash

The World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024 is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland between 1-3 March 2024. The competition will host more than 650 competitors from more than 130 countries who are vying for medals in 26 athletics disciplines.

The big news thus far was American Christian Coleman’s big win in the 60m dash over Noah Lyles. Coleman is the world record holder in the event and was able to clock a world-leading 6.41 seconds in his big victory.

The World 100m and 200m champ Lyles, was three hundredths of a second behind running a 6.44. Just behind him was Jamaican Ackeem Blake who beat out Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala to bronze in 6.46.

The silver medal will come as a huge disappointment for Lyles who has claimed to be the long-awaited successor to Usain Bolt. The American was able to win the treble gold at last year’s World Championships in Budapest, which also included the 4x100m relay.

It should be noted however that Lyles is predominantly a 200m runner. He set a 60m personal best of 6.43 in Boston this February which brought him within 0.1 seconds of Coleman’s 2018 world record. 

It was a rare setback for Lyles as he looks to assert himself as the man to beat in the Paris Olympic Games. Given his progress in the shorter distance, he will have loads of confidence that he can come out on top with a few more years of training.

Coleman had missed the Tokyo Olympics due to an 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests. He will be looking to get back into serious competitions including the 100m at the next Olympics in Paris.

Gold medalist Christian Coleman (C) of the United States, silver medalist Noah Lyles (L) of the United States and bronze medalist Ackeem Blake of Jamaica pose during the awarding ceremony for the men s 60 meters event at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow
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Nicola Olyslagers Wins High Jump Golf For Australia

In other news, Nicola Olyslagers was able to take home the gold with a last-gasp leap to win the women’s high jump. She was the main hope from Australia from the small group sent to the games in Scotland.

The Olympic silver medallist clinched her first global crown after finishing second at the Tokyo Games in 2021 and third at last year’s world championships in Budapest.

Her main rival, Ukraine’s defending champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh came in second with a jump of 1.97m. 

Canadian Saran Mitton Wins Shot Put

Canada’s Sarah Mitton was able to beat the competition in the women’s shot put in the first final of the world indoor athletics championships on Friday.

The 27-year-old was the silver medalist at last summer’s outdoor world championships in Budapest. She threw for 20.22 meters on her sixth and final throw which won her the gold.

Yemisi Ogunleye of Germany threw 20.19 to take second place and American Chase Jackson, won bronze with 19.67. Chase Jackson is the reigning Indoor Champion from 2022.

Mitton has been in top form as of late winning both the Commonwealth and Pan American Games in recent years. She was able to make two throws above the 20.20 mark which no other competitor was able to match this year.

Results From Friday

There have been five events completed thus far through the competition. The top 5 results for each competition are listed below.

Men’s 60m Results

  1. Christian Coleman (USA) 6.41s (WL)
  2. Noah Lyles (USA) 6.44s
  3. Ackeem Blake (JAM) 6.46s
  4. Ferdinand Omanyala (KEN) 6.56s
  5. Henrik Larsson (SWE) 6.56s

Men’s Shot Put Results

  1. Ryan Crouser (USA) 22.77 (CR)
  2. Tom Walsh (NZL) 22.07 
  3. Leonardo Fabbri (ITA) 21.96 
  4. Zane Weir (ITA) 21.85 SB
  5. Jacko GILL (NZL) 21.69 SB

Women’s Pentathlon Results

  1. Noor Vidts (BEL) 4773 
  2. Saga Vanninen (FIN) 4677 
  3. Sofie Dokter (NED) 4571 
  4. Sveva Gerevini (ITA) 4559
  5. Verena Mayr (AUT) 4466

Women’s High Jump Results

  1. Nicola Olyslagers (AUS) 1.99m 
  2. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (UKR) 1.97m
  3. Lia Apostolovski (SLO) 1.95m 
  4. Christina Honsel(GER) 1.95m 
  5. Angelina Topić (SRB) 1.92m

Women’s Shot Put Results

  1. Sarah Mitton (CAN) 20.22 
  2. Yemisi Ogunleye (GER) 20.19 
  3. Chase Jackson (USA) 19.67
  4. Maddison-Lee Wesche (NZL) 19.62 
  5. Jessica Schilder (NED) 19.37