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MAN TO BEAT: Christian Coleman

HEAT ONE of the men's 60m at the World Indoor Championships saw two generations go head-to-head. American Christian Coleman, touted as the the next big thing in sprinting, took the honours but no without drama.

Coleman said: "I just wanted to come out here and make it to the next round. My start was decent, but I tripped. But I stayed calm and made it through.

"My focus is to win. I have come out here to compete and to see if I can come out with the victory. I put a lot of focus on it. I'm really excited and feel well prepared. The crowd here is great so far and I think it will be electric this evening."

Veteran Caribbean athlete Kim Collins came home third behind the Yank. The St Kitts & Nevis runner admitted: "I feel young but it is time to say goodbye (after these championships). This is it. I can't do it anymore. The body isn't able to do what it is supposed to do. But I am going out in peace, no low notes, no high notes. There will be no comebacks.

"I keep telling the youngsters that I am old enough to be their father and that they should show me respect. But it is good with all these young people coming in. As I am going out of the door, I am welcoming them in. I am happy to have done this for so many years."

Briton Chijindu Ujah won heat 5 in 6.59, the equal third quickest. Ujah said: "You’ve got to just come out and take it round by round. I just wanted to run a little faster than I did here at trials a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to get the legs turning over quickly which I did, so I’ll go back to the hotel now and rest up.

"It’s coming to the moment now and I have to be ready. The last few weeks have been good build-up but just part of the training. It is all about tackling that next round now."

All three men will contest the next round of the 60m later today.

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