On Friday (AEST), Noah Lyles put on a brilliant effort to defend his 200-meter global championship, helping the US sprinters to their second straight podium finish at the World Championships in Oregon.
Lyles put on another spectacular performance at Hayward Field five days after Fred Kerley led a USA 1-2-3 in the 100m, blazing to victory in 19.31 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in history. Only Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, both from Jamaica, have run faster.
The flamboyant American star won gold ahead of Kenny Bednarek in 19.77 seconds, with adolescent Erriyon Knighton coming in third in 19.80 seconds. Last year, the star struggled to make an impression at the Olympics despite being one of the favorites.
After crossing the finish line with ease, Lyles let out a yell of joy and ripped open his vest in ecstasy.
After a performance that noticed him break Michael Johnson’s long-standing record of 19.32 seconds, set at the 1996 Olympics, to become the fastest American 200-meter runner ever, the 25-year-old from Florida had earned his right to the jubilant celebration.
“Today is my day and I finally got to do what I’ve dreamed about for years. I’ve got my whole family here,” Lyles said afterward.
“I was hoping it was going to be a fast time because I thought it was going to be slow.”
Since Lyles cleanly accelerated out of the starting blocks and reached full speed inside 50 meters to establish a comfortable lead heading around the curve, the result had never been in doubt.
Lyles just seems to make an extra gear to push away each time taking the line several meters ahead of Bednarek despite the efforts of Knighton and Bednarek to keep up.
As Lyles made history, the sporting world couldn’t believe what it was seeing.
Did Noah Lyles break the 200m record?
Yes, Noah Lyles Breaks the American 200M Record. This is also one of the best moments for him. He completes a dream of his life but he has more dreams to accomplish.
Who has the 200-meter world record?
21.45! To win the world title, Shericka Jackson breaks the 200-meter CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD.
What is the Olympic record for 200m?
Usain Bolt broke Michael Johnson’s 19.32-second Olympic and world record at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with a 19.30-second run in the Olympic final in 2008 in Beijing.
Who won the men’s 200m final?
Noah Lyles establishes an American record in the men’s 200m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Noah Lyles won the men’s 200-meter finals at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday, breaking a 26-year-old American record.
Where was Noah Lyles Born?
Noah Lyles, 24, of Gainesville, Florida, is already faster than Bolt was at the same age.
What’s the fastest 200-meter dash time?
Usain Bolt of Jamaica holds the men’s world record with a time of 19.19 seconds in the 2009 World Championships.
Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States holds the women’s world mark, running 21.34 seconds in the 1988 Summer Olympics.