SACRAMENTO: Christian Coleman blasted into the final of the 200m at the US world championships trials on Sunday as rising star Noah Lyles saw his World Championship hopes end in injury. Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year over 100m, raced to an impressive victory in his semi-final in 20.18 seconds ahead of Ameer Webb in 20.51. The second semi-final was won by Isiah Young in 20.28 but that was overshadowed by the withdrawal of teenage talent Lyles. Lyles, 19, had ran the third-fastest time in the world this year with a 19.90 at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai last month, and is one of a new crop of young American sprinters.
However, manager Mark Wetmore told reporters that the teenager had felt sore from a tight right hamstring that has been niggling him all season. “He has a little bit of a strain in his right hamstring and he didn’t want to risk it,” Wetmore said. “He was trying to warm up and he couldn’t fully extend.
He could have run but it would have just been an unnecessary risk to take for a 19-year-old,” he added. In the women’s 200m semi-finals, Olympic bronze medalist Tori Bowie and 2012 Olympic champion Allyson Felix both qualified for the final. Felix, who is only expected to race in the 400m in London, reached the final in 22.62. Bowie was fourth quickest in 22.89.