WALNUT, California (April 15) – World 400-meter champion Michael Norman’s season debut over 100m didn’t go as planned as he finished third at the 2023 Mt. Sac Relays. Norman, who announced his move to the shorter sprint this season, clocked a wind-assisted 10.02 seconds (+3.0 m/s), coming behind fellow Americans Cravont Charleston and Kyree King in the 100 Elite Invitational race.
Charleston claimed the victory, running from the outside in lane eight, with a wind-aided time of 9.87 seconds (+3.0 m/s), while King finished in second place with 9.98 seconds. Norman, who holds a lifetime best of 9.86 seconds for the 100m, had won the gold medal in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon last summer.
Watch Michael Norman Runs 10.02secs at Mt. Sac Relays
However, the 25-year-old sought a new challenge for himself, hence his decision to step down in distance.
Initially, the Oregon sprinter Micah Williams was scheduled to race in the event, but he did not start. In the meantime, though, Georgia’s Matthew Boling competed in the race but failed to challenge the front runners, finishing in sixth place with a time of 10.20 seconds in the heat and eight overall after he struggled to recover from a poor start.
On the other hand, Ryan Martin of Texas A&M was the fastest college man on the day after winning heat one with a time of 10.18 (1.6 m/s). Meanwhile, Mouhamdou Fall of France clocked the quickest wind-legal time at 10.16 (+0.2 m/s).
Norman’s season opener was a solid start for a man looking to claim a place on Team USA at this summer’s World Championships in Budapest. It remains to be seen how much he will improve as the season progresses when he comes up against the likes of Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley, Noah Lyles, Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy.