Christian Coleman Takes Down Noah Lyles, Wins World Indoor Gold

Christian Coleman Takes Down Noah Lyles, Wins World Indoor Gold

Things may have went Noah Lyles' way at the U.S. Championships. But Christian Coleman got the last laugh on Friday.

Mar 1, 2024 by Cory Mull

What would you rather have in your possession? A U.S. Championship or a World Indoor gold? 

Ask Christian Coleman. 

A rivalry oozing with potential got better on Friday, with the 27-year-old American taking down the U.S. champion Noah Lyles, 26, in the final of the men's 60 meter race at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, clocking a winning time of 6.41 seconds in the final event of the night. 

"I felt good about it," Coleman said. "I felt like I really just wanted to clear my mind and let my body do what it was supposed to do." 

Lyles, who lost for the first time in 2024, was three-hundredths of a second behind in 6.44, while Jamaica's Akeem Blake was third in 6.46.

The performance tied Coleman's best performance at the distance since 2022 when he finished as the runner-up at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, and it was reminiscent of his world-record setting self of 2018 when he ran 6.34 at the U.S. Indoor Championships. 

"Coming to the line, I felt really relaxed and confident," he said. "I was really just focusing on my cues, but not trying to think too much. Just went out there and competed." 

The win was Coleman's second world indoor win since 2018, when he ran 6.37 to take the crown in England. 

Coleman opened his day with a 6.49 in the prelims that morning before ramping up in the semifinal in 6.43, securing a new World Lead. 

Coleman would finish his indoor season with another world lead, taking down Lyles, who had said in early interviews and press conferences that he was willing to win with whatever time it took. 

"Even my lead-up the weeks prior coming to here hasn't been perfect," Coleman said. "Even a few weeks ago, I was questioning whether or not I wanted to do indoors. I definitely wanted to coming into the year, but I had a few hiccups in my training. Is it worth it? I really had to just, like, I don't know, look myself in the mirror. I really do this." 

"I feel like I'm made for these types of moments," he added.