Noah Lyles Explains Why He Covered the Adidas Logo During His Tokyo Olympics 2021 Trials

Published 06/29/2021, 11:12 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Noah Lyles competes in the first round of the Men’s 100 Meters on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Noah Lyles broke the speed limit for the finals of the 200m sprint at the Olympic Trials a few days ago and stamped his ticket for Tokyo this year. The athlete managed to defeat some major competition in Erriyon Knighton and Kenny Bednarek to place first in a highly-anticipated showdown. 

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During the race, Lyles was spotted wearing his normal attire, only the Adidas logo was covered in tape. The World Champion, Sponsored by Adidas, did not openly display the logo which led fans to wonder why he did such a thing. 

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 27: Noah Lyles reacts after winning the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Later on Twitter, Noah Lyles explained the reason why the brand logo was covered in tape, reasoning that the Olympics trials are not sponsored by Adidas.

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“The Olympic Trials is not an Adidas sponsored track meet so we have to abide to the other shoe sponsors’ rules,” he wrote. “They have a lot of different rules about sizing of logos so we have to cover it up. It has been happening for many years this is not new.”

At first, the tape was not visible or even focused on. Fans spotted it more actively when Lyles posted a photo of himself and fellow competitor Erriyon Knighton on the tracks later in the day. You can view the photo below once expanded.

Noah Lyles faced a motivated Erriyon Knighton in the finals

Noah Lyles was undoubtedly in hot competition as he headed into the tracks for the finals of the men’s 200m sprint. Erriyon Knighton had bested him in the heats and the semifinals. The 17-year old wondered even broke Usain Bolt’s all-time Under-20 record in the bargain, clocking in at 19.88 in the semi-finals, as compared to Bolt’s 19.93 in 2003.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 27: Kenny Bednarek, Noah Lyles, and Erriyon Knighton pose on the podium after the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Knighton broke his own new record by landing an insane 19.84 in the finals, playing him at first and second place in the all-time Under-20 records list. However, Noah Lyles brought all the heat to the finals and showed the world just why he is in the game.

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The World Champion clocked the fastest time this year at 19.74, followed by Kenny Bednarek who ran a season’s best of 19.78. Knighton will be the youngest athlete to represent his country in nearly 60 years at the Olympics and is aiming for a place on the medal tally. 

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 27: Erriyon Knighton and Noah Lyles react after competing in the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Noah Lyles has competition from every direction but aims at doing everything he did at the Trials over again to reach Olympic Gold. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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