Sunday, 14 May 2017 18:46

Vols' Coleman wins SEC sprint title with untied shoe

One of the world’s fastest men didn’t need both shoes tied to win the 100-meter dash at this year’s SEC outdoor track and field championships.

Tennessee junior Christian Coleman — who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio — won the 100m and 200m titles Saturday in Columbia, S.C., and photos showed his left shoe wasn’t tied for the 100m final.

After winning the 100m title with a 9.97-second mark, Coleman tied his left shoe and won the 200m title in 19.98 seconds.

Coleman now has five SEC titles to go along with his three NCAA titles, and he’ll probably be the favorite in the 100m and 200m at the NCAA track and field championships next month in Eugene, Ore. Coleman finished second in both the 100m and 200m in last year’s NCAA track and field championships.

LSU senior Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake gave Coleman a good fight in the 100m final, coming in second to Coleman’s 9.97 with a 9.99. Mitchell-Blake also came in second in the 200m, but his 20.09-second time in the 200m was well behind Coleman’s 19.98.

Tennessee sophomore Mustaq’eem Williams finished fifth in the 100m, clocking a 10.33-second mark.