Noah Lyles registered another brilliant run to win the London Diamond League on July 23. The American sprinter set a new World Lead in the 200-metres in a time of 19.47 seconds.
He broke his own record of 19.67 seconds that he set at the Kingston Grand Prix in May and is looking in fine shape to complete a double at the World Athletics Championships next month.
In London, he held off World U-20 Champion, Letsile Tebogo – who crossed the line at 19.50 seconds to set a new African record – as Zharnel Hughes set a new national record to complete a podium place at 19.73 seconds.
Lyles’ win saw him pull off clear of Bolt’s record for most wins under 20 seconds in 200m races. Before the race, the duo were tied at 34 each.
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With the American only 26 years old, he could widen the gap over the Jamaican legend even further.
Lyles also set a new meet record, breaking Bolt’s standard of 19.76 seconds he set on the same course in 2008.
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— Alex ❼ (@alexandro_ili) July 23, 2023
In the same event, Femke Bol ran the third-fastest time ever in the 400m hurdles race with the Dutch star clocking 51.45 seconds to set herself behind Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone’s times of 50.68 and 51.41 seconds.
Five facts about Noah Lyles
Turning attention back to Lyles, the 26-year-old has already declared his intentions to attempt a double at the World Athletics Championships later this year.
He will be aiming to join Bolt (four times) and Allyson Felix (triumphs in 2005, 2007 and 2009) as the only athletes to win three consecutive gold medals in 200m.
The straight-talking American sprinter is often spicy in his interviews, calling it as he sees it. Sports Brief takes a look at some unknown facts about Lyles.
What Bolt said to Lyles
Sports Brief also reported on the details of Lyles’ and Bolt’s conversation when the two met during the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica.
It was a completely dominant performance from the outspoken American sprint star, who finished 0.47 seconds ahead of his closest challenger.
So good was his performance that Bolt, who was among the fans in attendance, stood up and shared an embrace with the 200m World Champion.