Noah Lyles secures Olympic sprint double ambitions with thrilling 200m victory at U.S. trials

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Noah Lyles

30th June 2024 – (Eugene, Oregon) Noah Lyles, the dynamic American sprinter, clinched the men’s 200-metre title at the U.S. trials in a blistering time of 19.53 seconds, the fastest recorded this year. Meanwhile, Gabby Thomas delivered another flawless performance to claim victory in the women’s race.

Kenny Bednarek made a strong start, appearing poised to cause an upset with just 50 metres to go. However, Lyles, a double world champion, displayed his exceptional speed, accelerating in a thrilling sprint to secure the win.

Lyles crossed the finish line 0.06 seconds ahead of Tokyo silver medallist Bednarek, while rising star Erriyon Knighton claimed third place with a time of 19.77 seconds.

After triumphing in the men’s 100m event on Sunday, Lyles confidently stated that the trio would present formidable competition for their international counterparts at the upcoming Paris Games.

“USA is the USA,” Lyles confidently asserted during a televised interview. “We don’t give anything away – you have to take it from us.”

On the women’s side, Gabby Thomas showcased her exceptional talent, clocking an impressive time of 21.81 seconds, the second-fastest recorded this year. Unfortunately, Sha’Carri Richardson’s hopes of achieving an Olympic double were dashed as she finished fourth.

Thomas, the Tokyo bronze medallist, left no room for doubt as she seized the lead during the final turn, leaving Brittany Brown and McKenzie Long to contend with Richardson for the remaining podium spots.

Richardson, who had triumphed in the 100m a week earlier, was unable to match the intensity of her competitors and faltered down the home stretch, crossing the finish line in 22.16 seconds. Brown (21.90) and Long (21.91) secured their spots in their first Olympic Games.

Expressing her elation, Thomas, who had set a new world lead in the semi-finals the previous day, described the race as “amazing.”

In other events, Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone comfortably advanced to the 400m hurdles final, setting a new world lead of 52.48 seconds, a remarkable 1.68 seconds ahead of her rival, Rio gold medallist Dalilah Muhammad.

Furthermore, Alaysha Johnson recorded the fastest time in the 100m hurdles semi-final heats with a time of 12.36 seconds. Tokyo silver medallist Keni Harrison (12.52) and 2019 world champion Nia Ali (12.55) also progressed to the next round.