September 30, 2023
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After cruising via the semifinal of the 200 meters on August 24 on the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, American Noah Lyles will goal for gold within the remaining on Friday at 9:50 P.M. native time (3:50 P.M. ET) alongside teen dash phenom Erriyon Knighton of the U.S. Lyles ran 19.76, the highest time within the subject of 27 opponents that competed throughout three heats.

Lyles and 19-year-old Knighton, the youngest-ever particular person dash medalist in world championships historical past, shall be joined by 100-meter bronze medalist Zharnel Hughes of Nice Britain in addition to Kenny Bednarek of the U.S., silver medalist in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Canadian Andre De Grasse, the Olympic champion within the occasion.

Simply 0.12 seconds separate Lyles from tying the world report in his signature occasion, the 200 meters. He’s presently the third quickest of all-time behind Jamaicans Yohan Blake and eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world report holder Usain Bolt, who retired in 2017.

Noah Lyles celebrates after competing within the Males’s 200m semifinal on day six of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on August 24. (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Picture/Getty)

A World Report in His Sights

As Lyles prepares for the 200-meter remaining on August 25, the “it man” is bent on one large quest: to interrupt a report that has stood for 14 years.

Bolt set the mark of 19.19 seconds through the 2009 world championships in Berlin, working at a prime pace of greater than 23 miles per hour, and enhancing his earlier world report by greater than a tenth of a second.

Lyles was simply 12 years outdated on the time and had simply began observe, initially as a excessive jumper earlier than he pursued sprinting at age 15. Lyles and his youthful brother Josephus bypassed faculty athletics and turned professional after graduating from T.C. Williams Excessive College in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2016, and signed an eight-year contract with Adidas.

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He moved to Clermont, Florida, to be educated by prime sprints coach Lance Brauman. That 12 months, Lyles would go on to put fourth within the remaining of the 200 meters on the U.S. Olympic Trials, breaking a 31-year-old nationwide highschool report within the course of.

One 12 months later, Lyles received his first senior nationwide title, and in 2019, he earned his first of 4 world titles (together with two in 200 meters, one in 4 x 100). Following his bronze medal efficiency within the 200 meters on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the following season he clocked 19.31 on the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, a quantity he had labored for within the construct as much as that race. He took down dash legend Michael Johnson’s 25-year American report, which Johnson famously set in 19.32 seconds whereas carrying golden footwear on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Lyles’s achievement finally 12 months’s world championships bumped him above Johnson to quantity three of all-time within the 200 meters.

“I’ve At all times Identified That I’m the Quickest Man within the World”

Lyles, 26, is the defending world champion in 200 meters, and is specializing in amassing his third gold within the occasion as he additionally goals to revise Bolt’s world report to 19.10 seconds.

9 days earlier than the beginning of the world championships, Lyles had overtly declared on social media the instances he would run for each the 100 and 200 meters: 9.65 and 19.10, respectively. “They are saying in the event that they don’t know your desires then they will’t shoot them down. However I’ve all the time been extra of a man who loves to listen to the screams from the [haters], obtained a pleasant ring to it,” Lyles wrote in a captioned photograph on his Instagram.

“I’ve all the time recognized that I’m the quickest man on the planet,” he mentioned throughout a media occasion after posting his quickest 100-meter in 9.83 seconds on August 20, on the Nationwide Athletics Middle, and earned his first world title within the occasion. “In my head, I believe I’m going to interrupt it, however all people else has their very own opinions,” Lyles mentioned.

Taking down Bolt’s 200-meter world report is the topic of an unique docuseries, “Untitled: The Noah Lyles Undertaking,” which premiered on Peacock the day earlier than the beginning of the world championships. His mom Keisha Caine mentioned in an interview for the docuseries what she needs for her son is “to go on the market and have enjoyable. And I do know when Noah is having enjoyable, he runs very well.”

In a brief matter of time, Lyles will let his pace decide what that’s.

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