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China's Su Bingtian claims men's 60m gold in a season's best 6.47 seconds

(CNTV)    07:24, February 18, 2019

China's world champion Su Bingtian outclassed the men's 60m field to win in a season's best world-leading 6.47 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Chinese sprinter produced the third-fastest clocking of his career to win, beating Britain's European 100m silver medalist Reece Prescod. U.S. sprinter Mike Rodgers was third in a season's best of 6.54.

China's Su Bingtian (1st L) competes in the men's 60m final at the IAAF Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, Britain on Feb. 16, 2019. [Photo: Xinhua/Han Yan]

China's Su Bingtian (1st L) competes in the men's 60m final at the IAAF Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, Britain on Feb. 16, 2019. [Photo: Xinhua/Han Yan]

It was Su's second victory following his season-opening win in Athlone, Ireland, where he finished in 6.53 seconds.

"I like the fans here. They love athletics and the atmosphere is absolutely thrilling," Su said.

"Before I arrived here, I did not set a target. I try to clock 6.48 in Ireland and now it turns to 6.47 seconds. I am happy for that."

Su, who broke the Asian record with a time of 6.47 seconds in last years' IAAF World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe, Germany, secures a leading role in 60m indoor tournament in Asia.

China's Su Bingtian celebrates after winning the men's 60m final at the IAAF Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, Britain on Feb. 16, 2019. [Photo: Xinhua/Han Yan]

China's Su Bingtian celebrates after winning the men's 60m final at the IAAF Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, Britain on Feb. 16, 2019. [Photo: Xinhua/Han Yan]

As the first Asian-born athlete to run under 10 seconds, Su claimed a silver medal in men's 60 meters final with a personal's best of 6.42 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March 2018, becoming the first male Chinese sprinter to win a global medal in an individual event.

In another thrilling duel between two young Ethiopian stars, the World Indoor 1500 champion Samuel Tefera clocked a 3:31.04 seconds to break Morocco sprinter Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old world record of 3:31.18.

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