Noah Lyles Twice Breaks, then Unbreaks Usain Bolt’s World Records


Noah Lyles

Even during a heavy news cycle, I’m surprised this bizarre story didn’t get more attention last week:

Noah Lyles, 22, set the 300-meter world record (31.87 seconds) at the 2017 USA Indoor Championships and won gold in the 200-meter and 4×100-meter at the 2019 World Championships. He also owns several medals from the World Relays, World U20 Championships and Youth Olympic Games, and he was set to run in Tokyo. Last week, Lyles ran a wind-assisted 9.93-second 100m at the Showdown in Otown meet in Florida, his first outing of 2020. Because the wind was measured at 4 m/s (twice the limit), the time, just 0.35 off Usain Bolt’s record set in 2009, was not legal.

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