“This Will Be My Best Year”: US Olympic Star Noah Lyles Makes a Bold Claim Ahead of 2022 Track Season

Published 12/22/2021, 11:05 AM EST
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)


After Usain Bolt retired from athletics, one man was expected to take the mantle. In comes Noah Lyles with his incredible persona. Chiefly, by winning medals at different Diamond League competitions, he was the favorite to lead the athletics scenario. However, things are not rosy as they sound.

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A bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is commendable, but he can do more. Like most fans know about his commitment to the sport, Lyles thinks the same as well. 2022 is an important year for his career..

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Noah Lyles to bring his full potential

With 2021 becoming a tough year for people with the pandemic and other community problems, Lyles’ career suffered as a result of that. In a year where Simone Biles withdrew from team gymnastics competitions, she became a voice for the voiceless. Hence, Lyles admitted the use of anti-depressants that derailed his career for the year. Winning a bronze medal for the 200-meters competition seems incredible, but he knows he is capable of more. A recent tweet exclaims why Lyles thinks he can do much better for the next year’s track season. Lyles mentioned:

“This will be my best year ever.”

With the athletics season to begin next year, Lyles would be hoping to win most of the events. Apart from winning the bronze medal, he won the 200-meters race at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Oregon. He finished the race with a time of 19.52sec; the fastest time set this year.

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Lyles to come back stronger

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The famous athlete won the Diamond League 200-meters competition from 2017 to 2019. With the Olympics being postponed to another year because of the pandemic, Lyles could only manage a bronze medal. Moreover, he had many personal problems that led to a disappointing ending in 2021.

“It was more a situation where I felt that the anti-depressants worked really well, and I knew that a lot of people were now probably struggling with anxiety and depression, and I just wanted to kind of break a stigma that ‘people don’t have to go on medication’ or ‘medication is a bad idea, it’s for people who are crazy,” said Lyles.

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

Despite all those problems, the athlete is ready to rock the stage in 2022. A new year with new expectations, the athletics fraternity hopes Lyles will get back to his best.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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