I Was So Proud Of Him- US sprinter Noah Lyles Sends Heartfelt Message To Alex Quinonez’s Family After Tragic Demise

Published 10/24/2021, 12:48 PM EDT

The American professional track and field athlete, Noah Lyles engages in the 100 m and 200 m. He holds a record of 9.86 seconds and 19.50 seconds in 100 m and 200 m respectively, making those his personal best. Additionally, Lyles earned bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 200 m and is also the 2019 World Champion.


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He received gold in 200 m at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games followed by golds in 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relays at the 2016 World U20 Championships. He also won gold medals in 200 meters and 4 × 100-meter relays at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.


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On October 23, the star sent a heartfelt message to Alex Quinonez’s family post his demise via Twitter.

“This is so sad to hear” – Lyles on Alex Quinonez’s demise

The iconic athlete, Noah Lyles expresses his cordial greetings to Alex’s family following his death through a tweet. Quinonez was tragically shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil, on Saturday.

Noah recalls their encounter at the 2019 World Championships where Alex earned bronze.

Wow, I remember being at 2019 World Championships and congratulating him on making the podium,” Noah tweeted on Saturday.

The star talks about Alex’s growth in the previous 2 years. He is sad to learn about his expiry and wishes peace for the family. The athlete appeared visibly upset at Quinonez’s demise.

“I had watched his progression over the last 2 years because he trained at my track and I was so proud of him. This is so sad to hear. I pray peace for his family and loved ones,” he added.

Learning about the death of the Ecuadorian sprinter, Alex Quinonez has left his fans and the sports world in great misery. The world will always remember the young athlete.

“I don’t have any rivals” – Noah Lyles

The track and field star, Noah, was once asked about his rivals. He replied to that very honestly saying he doesn’t think of the co-players as his rivals. He is least bothered about the competitors.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Noah Lyles of Team United States reacts after competing in the Men’s 200m Semi Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

I don’t think about rivals a lot. I mean, honestly, in my head I don’t have any rivals,” said Noah.


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To him, the sport is all about focus and thinking about his own performance.

Track and field is one of those sports where you need to focus on yourself and your own lane. For me, it’s freeing,” he added.


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Noah Lyles is one of the top athletes. He is also an ambassador for Adidas.


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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.