IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championship: Christian Coleman smashes Maurice Greene's world record by clocking 6.34 seconds in 60 metres

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World record-holder Christian Coleman added the championship record to his growing list of achievements by winning the 60 meters at the World Athletics Indoors Championships.

Coleman smashed Maurice Greene's 20-year-old world record last month by clocking 6.34 seconds and he came within 0.03 seconds of that at Arena Birmingham.

The American, who turns 22 on Tuesday, never looked in danger as he beat Su Bingtian of China by 0.05 and U.S. teammate Ronnie Baker by 0.07. Other world indoors records tumbled: American Kendra Harrison set a new mark in the 60-meter hurdles as did compatriot Sandi Morris in the pole vault, and New Zealand's Tomas Walsh in the shot put.

The oldest record belonging to the world indoors fell when Walsh's last hurl of 22.31 meters eclipsed the record of 22.24 set by Ulf Timmermann in 1987, five years before the New Zealander was born.

It was a third world indoor silver medal for David Storl of Germany. He and Tomas Stanek of the Czech Republic threw 21.44 but Storl had a superior second best throw.

America was favored to sweep the podium in the 60 hurdles and although Harrison and Christina Manning finished one-two respectively, Nadine Visser of the Netherlands edged Sharika Nelvis for bronze.

There was another American one-two in the women's 400. Courtney Okolo controlled from the start and won in 50.55 seconds. Teammate Shakima Wimbley moved ahead of Britain's Eilidh Doyle on the final straight to finish second.

Oscar Husillos thought he broke a championship record in the 400 but he and Luguelin Santos, who originally crossed the line in second, were disqualified for lane infringements, handing a third successive world indoors title to Pavel Maslak.

Morris attempted to break the world indoor pole vault record but failed in three attempts at 5.04 meters.

She was runner-up at the 2017 world championships and 2016 Olympics, plus at the previous world indoors. Morris finally got her hands on a gold medal when she broke the championship record with her third attempt at 4.95, although she faced an anxious moment with one more woman left in the competition.

Anzhelika Sidorova couldn't match Morris and finished second, ahead of Olympic and world champion Katerina Stefanidi. 

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