Noah Lyles, an American sprinter, is currently regarded as one of the quickest men in history. On Sunday, during the London Diamond League event, Lyles broke Usain Bolt’s record for the most 200-meter races run in under 20 seconds.
His time of 19.47 seconds was the third-fastest in this event’s history. Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo set a new African record of 19.50 seconds, while Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who was just voted the fastest man in the world, clocked 19.73 seconds.
Lyles has regularly competed at an elite level since turning pro in 2016, accomplishing 35 sprints in under 20 seconds. This breaks Bolt’s previous record of 34 sprints before retiring in 2017.
According to the BBC, Lyles emphasized his ambition to restore American dominance in sprinting, inspired by the era when his father, Kevin Lyles, competed against great sprinter Michael Johnson and watched American runners sweep the events.
Lyles won a bronze medal in the 200-meter event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has already won his fifth gold medal in the 200-meter sprint at this prestigious championship, thanks to his recent performance in London. Lyles is preparing for the World Athletic Championships in Budapest in August 2023, where he will compete in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races.
Lyles’ outstanding performance and resolve to recapture American sprinting dominance has long been a goal. His prowess on the track and record-breaking achievements have established him as one of the sport’s fastest men, garnering him well-deserved respect and admiration from fans and competitors alike. Lyles is prepared to continue making his impact on the world of sprinting, with his sights set on more exploits in the 2018 championships.