Christian Coleman insists he will not be drawn into any more social media squabbles
‘I don’t want to be worrying about anybody else’: Christian Coleman insists he will not be drawn into any more social media squabbles
- The 23-year-old posted a pair of pointed Twitter messages at Noah Lyles in May
- This was in the wake of his defeat against the fast-rising star of athletics
- That loss in Shanghai remains Christian Coleman’s only loss across 100m in 2019
Christian Coleman says he will not be drawn into any more social media squabbles in his efforts to be crowned 100m world champion this autumn.
The 23-year-old, who races at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham on Sunday, posted a pair of pointed Twitter messages at Noah Lyles in the wake of his defeat against the fast-rising star of athletics in Shanghai in May.
That remains Coleman’s only loss across 100m in 2019 and the American – the holder of the season’s best time on 9.81sec – will go to the worlds in Doha next month as the favourite in the absence of his team-mate Lyles, who will instead contest the 200m.
Christian Coleman says he will not be drawn into any more social media squabbles
On their awkward relationship, he told Sportsmail: ‘The media want to create a rivalry or what not and that is fine but the way I look at it, I just want to be out there and competing and focusing on my lane and coming out with the victory every single time. I don’t want to be worrying about anybody else.
‘I feel like it was a really good race for my opener (Shanghai, where he ran 9.86sec and lost to Lyles on a photo finish) and I guess what he does is try to antagonise or make comments and stuff and what not. I guess that was kind of like my fault for giving him attention. I don’t know, it is not necessarily my thing – I am pretty much cool with everybody and I just go out and compete and let the chips fall where they may.
‘My whole goal in Doha is to come back with a gold regardless of who is on the line. I don’t worry about the storylines or who else is there or what they are going through. None of that matters to me. I want to just come out with the win.’ The Diamond League meet in Birmingham stands as one of the final staging posts in Coleman’s preparations for Doha. In the absence of Lyles, he will face competition from Britain’s Adam Gemili, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Andre de Grasse of Canada.
Coleman, who won world silver in London in 2017 and the world indoor gold in Birmingham last year, said: ‘I love running in Britain. It has always been good for me. The world silver in 2017 was like my breakout and then in Birmingham I got the world indoor gold and a championship record. It is a special place for me and I’d like another win.
‘I will try to win. This is what I have to do to be prepared for Doha. I want to stack up the wins up and being in tight races will prepare me for the final in Doha.’
The 23-year-old posted a pair of pointed Twitter messages at Noah Lyles in May
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