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Charleston stuns Coleman for US 100m title

EUGENE, UNITED STATES (AFP) – Cravont Charleston surged past 2019 world champion Christian Coleman to win the men’s 100 metres (m) at the US athletics championships on Friday as Sha’Carri Richardson won the women’s 100m to book her long anticipated World Championships berth.

The 25-year-old Charleston, who had never made it to the 100m final at a US championships before, clocked 9.95sec to edge Coleman by one one-hundredth of a second with reigning 200m world champion Noah Lyles third in 10.00sec.

“Just keep running,” Charleston said of his mindset as he trailed early in the race. “That’s what I tried to do.”

The trio will join reigning world champion Fred Kerley in the event at the World Championships in Budapest in August.

The two other members of the 2022 podium won’t be there.

Marvin Bracy-Williams hopes of improving on his world silver evaporated when he was injured in the heats and failed to advance while bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell, racing through a painful bone spur on his right heel, finished sixth in the final and said he would soon be seeking surgery.

Richardson, meanwhile, will spearhead the US women’s 100m challenge after booking her first world championships berth with an emotional victory in 10.82.

Charleston after winning the Men’s 100 metres Final. PHOTO: AFP