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After 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests, Coleman returns with banger

For Coleman, it was the first major title he has won since he returned after serving an 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests

Coleman clocked 6.41sec in the 60metres final for his first major title since returning from an 18-month ban for missing three drug tests.

It meant crowd favourite Lyles, the world 100m and 200m champion, had to settle for silver in 6.44sec, in what was a warning of the threat his countryman will pose him at the Paris Olympics.

Lyles actually beat Coleman the world 60m record holder and 2018 indoor champion – in the US trials last month. Yet he never looked like repeating that trick at the Emirates Arena on Friday night.

Coleman was the quickest qualifier from the heats and semi-finals, and he led the final from start to finish, making up for his fifth place behind Lyles in the world 100m final in Budapest last summer.

‘I think I am the greatest 60m runner ever, but the exciting part is that my ceiling is so much higher,’ said the 27-year-old, whose anti-doping ban ruled him out of Tokyo 2020.

‘It is 2024 and I am stepping into my prime mentally, physically and spiritually. I am going to have to be on my A-game and I feel confident I will be there come the Olympics.’

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