USA Olympic Star Noah Lyles Explains The Key Difference Between 100m and 200m Races

Published 08/29/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 200m – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates with his national flag after winning bronze REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


The Olympic bronze medallist, Noah Lyles, talks about the difference between 100 and 200 meters sprinting events.

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The 24-year-old American is a professional track and field athlete. Over time, he has bagged several medals in his sporting career. In his previous years, he claimed gold in 200m and 4x100m relay in Doha while competing for the World Championship. Furthermore, he has also earned the title of overall winner in the 200m category in the Diamond League in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He’s earned the same award at 100m as well.

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Recently, he secured the third position in 200m, at the Summer Games in Tokyo. Even though his personal best is 19.50, here, he ran with the timing of 19.74. Not only this but also, his best timing in 100m is 9.86. The current world champion is indeed making long strides in his career ahead.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 200m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 5, 2021. Bronze medallist, Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Since the American felt disappointed with his performance in Tokyo, he wanted to redeem himself. He knew he could do so by participating in the Prefontaine Classic, also known as the Wanda Diamond League. The young American admitted that he “had to convince myself to kind of come up here” – referring to his competition at Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Lyles’s performance at the Diamond League

Making up his mind, Lyles won the 200m at the Hayward Field at a canter. On top of that, he clocked an incredible timing of 19.52 seconds, which was the ninth-fastest time in history and just 0.02 seconds ahead of his personal best.

After his race, he said, “It’s a nice, tight little bow on the end of the season. I wasn’t really feeling… I didn’t feel like my mindset was really right for today but after at least five sessions of therapy I finally was able to let go of what happened in Tokyo, convince myself that I’m upset and I know that I’m in a great shape to run and come out here and be able to put it down on the track.

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After competing in both the spiriting events, the American has certain interesting insights to offer about the different techniques used in 100 and 200 meters. He said, “There really isn’t that much of a difference. Especially at the Pro level. The only thing that would be different is how long you can hold your top speed in a 200 Vs. how fast you can get up to top speed in a 100. But most 100 runners are also 200 runners“.

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Observing a remarkable improvement after the Summer Games, Lyles seems to be prepared for his upcoming tournaments. Let’s see what’s next for the current World Champion.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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