Noah Lyles breaks Michael Johnson’s American list; U.S. sweeps world 200m - NBC activities

For Noah Lyles, this season wasn't only about improving his bronze-medal finish from the Olympics. It wasn't only about suppressing 18-year-historic phenom Erriyon Knighton, whose electrifying 19.forty nine-2d run on a Saturday afternoon in April led to Lyles to stop driving, turn round from his dinner plans (Thai meals) and dive lower back into his craft.

From the beginning, it became about operating 19.31 seconds in the 200m (or sooner) to damage Michael Johnson's American checklist. on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Johnson ran 19.32 seconds in golden footwear within the 200m remaining, reducing his world record with the aid of an dazzling .34 of a 2nd in one of probably the most noted sprints in heritage.

When Lyles crossed the conclude line on earth music and container championships 200m last in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday night, the clock examine 19.32. Lyles, whose old personal premiere became 19.50, turned to the crowd and noticed a different roar, a complement to the one moments earlier reacting to his blowout victory.

Lyles knew whatever thing turned into up. He peered to another scoreboard showing what the fans had noticed — his successful time changed to 19.31, the quantity that he had worked for all season. (It's usual in track and container for preliminary, unofficial finishing times to alternate a little bit as digital timing tactics.)

"I didn't want it to say 32," Lyles observed. "i wished my own time. no person desires to share a listing.

"All me and my teach were talking about become like, 'We're going after that checklist.'"

Lyles, 25, repeated as world champion and led a U.S. sweep of the men's 200m medals with Kenny Bednarek (19.seventy seven) and Knighton (19.80). That got here 15 minutes after Jamaican Shericka Jackson won the women's 200m in 21.forty five seconds, the 2d-quickest time in background in the back of Florence Griffith-Joyner's world record of 21.34 from the 1988 Olympics. On Her Turf has extra on the ladies's 200m here.

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For the men's 200m, best Jamaicans Usain Bolt (19.19) and Yohan Blake (19.26) have run quicker than Lyles, who had been expected to take gold at the Tokyo video games.

Lyles referred to the change between 2021 and 2022 turned into that he put no pressure on himself this yr.

"that you could go through a depressing storm and are available out of it more desirable than you have been earlier than," he stated.

The closing was billed as a showdown between budding competitors Lyles and Knighton, however Lyles put it away before the straightaway by working the optimum curve of his life.

"It turned into at all times there. i was just expecting it to hit," pointed out Lyles, who didn't run the 100m, his complementary experience, this 12 months as a result of he turned into focused on Johnson's record (and, to a degree, beating Knighton). "It became always going to come, as soon as I acquired the birth i wanted and became capable of get a race the place I get my [first] one hundred [meters]."

Johnson, at Hayward box working for the BBC, went on the track and hugged Lyles, whose dad, Kevin, raced against Johnson in the Nineties.

"I knew that he changed into going to run faster than 19.32 some day," spoke of Johnson, who met Lyles for the primary time. "To be honest, if you've held the realm checklist, you don't in reality center of attention on the national checklist. … For Noah, I don't think he definitely cares concerning the American list. He wants a global checklist. It may be within his attain."

Bednarek got here again from a damaged toe to repeat his silver from Tokyo.

Knighton, fourth in Tokyo, became the youngest individual dash medalist in world championships heritage, according to bill Mallon of Knighton became expected to steer off the turn but did not, in part as a result of he mistakenly hit the side of a beginning block together with his appropriate foot reacting to the gun.

"i was on the rostrum," he observed, "so i can't be mad."

Three other americans swept the 100m medals last Saturday — Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell.

within the ladies's 200m, Jackson grew to be the simplest person to win a global medal within the 100m, 200m and 400m in their profession. later on, she responded "in fact" to a pair of questions — did you believe you would run that speedy? And, are you able to run sooner?

She discovered redemption from the Olympic 200m, when she was eliminated within the heats because of a lackluster effort.

"last 12 months become a disaster," she referred to. "i needed redemption."

Countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver, four days after winning her fifth world title within the 100m at age 35. Fraser-Pryce, who already has the identical variety of Olympic medals as Bolt (eight), will in shape Bolt at 14 world championships medals with a 4x100m relay medal on Saturday.

Abby Steiner became the exact American in fifth. The U.S. bought zero medals out of the ladies's flat sprints (100m, 200m and 400m) for the primary time in world championships history.

In non-finals Thursday, Christian Taylor, a six-time gold medalist between the Olympics and worlds, did not make Saturday's triple start final. Taylor, a 32-12 months-ancient who overlooked the Tokyo video games after rupturing an Achilles, became 18th in qualifying.

Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir of Kenya headlined the qualifiers into Saturday's men's 800m remaining. All four americans, together with injured reigning world champion Donavan Brazier, were in the past eliminated in the first circular.

Olympic champion Athing Mu superior to Friday's ladies's 800m semifinals along with countrywomen Raevyn Rogers (Olympic bronze medalist) and Ajeé Wilson (two-time world bronze medalist).

Advancing to Sunday's guys's 5000m ultimate: reigning Olympic champions within the 1500m (Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen), 5000m (Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei) and 10,000m (Ethiopia's Selemon Barega).

Worlds proceed Friday with 5 finals, including the men's and women's 400m and the women's 400m hurdles with Olympic gold medalist and world checklist holder Sydney McLaughlin.

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