BIRMINGHAM, England – American Christian Coleman held off fast-finishing local favorite Reece Prescod to take the Birmingham Diamond League 100 meters title by one thousandth of a second on Saturday.
In a stacked field Coleman blasted out of the blocks and looked away and clear after 60 meters but Prescod unwound his long limbs to close the gap. TV replays appeared to show that the Briton had done enough but he needed one more meter.
Coleman, feeling his way back after an injury-restricted year, won in 9.94 seconds. Prescod was given the same time – a lifetime best – but missed out by the smallest possible margin as the photo finish gave Coleman .938 to Prescod’s .939.