Amer­i­can Brushes Off John­son Barbs Af­ter 100m Win

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Doha: Chris­tian Cole­man hit back US sprint­ing leg­end Michael John­son ing to bril­liant 100m

the Cham­pi­onships. Cole­man blew his to take the first out­door ti­tle of his ca­reer, clock­ing world-lead­ing best of sec on

The win ce­mented Cole­man’s sta­tus the to beat Tokyo Olympics, el­e­vated the 23- old Amer­i­can to the head of of sprint­ers

to be the face of

in the Usain Bolt era. In the eyes of John­son, how­ever, Cole­man has

for­feited the to be the fig­ure­head of track field the drugs test con­tro­versy that his build-up to the

Cole­man, how­ever, was un

by John­son’s he cel­e­brated win. Michael John­son doesn’t

bills or sign cheques,” Cole­man said. I don’t care what he has to say.”

Cole­man was only to com­pete in Doha the case

him was with­drawn be­cause of tech­ni­cal loop­hole. John­son how­ever tains that the odour of wrong­will con­tinue to linger

Cole­man, even if he Doha: Chris­tian Cole­man said he was not ready to be­come the face of ath­let­ics and fill the void left by the re­tire­ment of the great Usain Bolt. Asked if he was ready be­come the new face of the sport, Cole­man said: “This is not some­thing I re­ally fo­cus on. There are so

ul­ti­mately sanc­tion. Cole­man John­son’s

short shrift though, be­liev­ing that ul­ti­mately he will be judged by his mances on the track. The faces of the sport to be the

who up the many guys who are hun­gry, want to win, are com­pet­i­tive, re­ally tal­ented and great ath­letes,” the 23-year-old added. “It doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be one guy.”

Bolt, who won eight Olympic gold medals and led Ja­maica through a golden era in sprint­ing, re­tired af­ter the 2017 world cham­pi­onships.

times the sport in the Cole­man that he would to work dor for for the drug test con­tro­versy.

You’re in­sin­u­at­ing that way.” sug­ges

to do some­thing hap­pened — the end of the day I did wrong,” he said, his claim that his case was leaked into the do­main be­fore it had been

I’m just black liv

dream, it’s kind of dis­ap­point­ing that some­one would leak that in­for­ma­tion to try smear

Chis­tian pulls out of 200m

Cole­man’s dream of the 200 to the 100 world ti­tle ended he out of open­ing be­cause he was still feel­ing the strain”. Cole­man was due to in the sec­ond heat on evening but his was with­drawn from the start list hours be­fore the

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