Tennessee track star Christian Coleman set the new world record in the 60-meter dash at 6.37 seconds during the Clemson Invitational on Friday.
That would be enough for most to celebrate over, but apparently Coleman thought he could have done even better.
“I didn’t really feel like it was one of my best races,” Coleman told SEC Country on Friday. “I felt like I was just knocking the dust off.”
Coleman broke two-time Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene’s nearly 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds set in 1998 — which he also matched again in 2001 — by 0.02.
“That’s what means a lot to me, because I know Maurice Greene personally, and he told me he wanted me to break the record,” said Coleman, a 21-year-old from Atlanta who’s finishing his degree at UT.
“So that was in the back of my mind, but I didn’t realize I had the capability to do it in the first meet.”
Coleman has had a notable year, having defeated eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt twice in the World Championships, as well as recording the fastest 40-yard dash ever at 4.12 during Tennessee’s football Pro Day last spring.