Christian Coleman is the 2019 WC at 100 meters. He spoke to the Wanda Diamond League Call room as they celebrate the Pre Classic/ Eugene weekend, which has been postponed until October 2020.
I like this quote by Christian Coleman. It reminds me of a story about 1968 Olympic gold medalist at the decathlon, Bill Toomey. Back in the 1990s, when VISA sponsored the US Decathlon team, I had asked Mr. Toomey what makes a gold medalist. Bill gave me one of the best quotes ever. ” The person who wins the gold medal is the one who covets it the most.” Toomey then told me about being prepared for everything. He had an athletic bag with extra spikes, extra socks, towel, Pedialyte (a hydration product ), and dry shoes. He also pulled out the high jump pits in Santa Barbara to practice high jumping in the rain. Sure enough, there was rain in Mexico City.
Coleman: I want Olympic gold more than anyone else
US sprint star Christian Coleman has thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals, claiming that he wants to win Olympic gold more than anybody else in the world.
“Man, I feel like I want it more than anybody else,” said Coleman in the Eugene edition of the Wanda Diamond League Call Room, which is due to air on â€‹Facebookâ€‹ and â€‹Youtubeâ€‹ at 20.00 GMT this Sunday.
“I’ve been putting the work in and grinding. I want the Olympic gold medal as the result of my hard work.”
“That should be everybody’s mindset, you shouldn’t be afraid of putting yourself out there and saying this is what you want to do.”
“There can only be one winner, and I want it to be me.”
Coleman surrendered his Diamond League title to fellow American Noah Lyles last season, but bounced back to be crowned 100m world champion in Doha later that year.
And the American believes that he can also make an impact in the 200m going forward.
I feel like a great competitor in the 100m, but also in the 200m,” he said. “One of the things I would say about my coach is that he builds his athletes up to compete at multiple distances.”
“I want to be as competitive as I can in the 200m.”
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