RIO DE JANEIRO — As a child, U.S. Olympian Christian Coleman dreamed of sharing a track with U.S. track stars Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. On Thursday, he got his chance — running the 4×100 meter relay preliminary heat with Gay.
“It is an experience of a lifetime,” Coleman said. “It is the highest stage you can get as a track athlete and to be here at such a young age, I am extremely blessed.”
Coleman ran the second leg of the heat. He kept the team on pace for a season-best mark of 37.65 seconds. The U.S. qualified in first place for the finals.
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RIO DE JANEIRO–U.S. triple jumper Christian Taylor won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, but at the Rio Games he has his eyes on more than just a second gold medal.
Taylor, who attended Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, aims to break the 21-year-old record of 18.29 meters set by Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards. His best jump is 0.08 meters from the record and ranks second all-time.
“It took a special guy to do it and the reason I am here today is because I believe I can do it as well,” Taylor said. “That is what drives me every day. A medal will be great but I think if I come out with a world record, then it is a win-win.”
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