“I Don’t Care About Marathon”: Noah Lyles Reveals His Thoughts About Marathon With Track Insider

Published 02/09/2024, 9:09 AM EST

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Noah Lyles, the 2023 World Champion, is as fierce off the track as he is on it, with a bold personality to match his lightning speed. Who could forget his humorous emphatic quip – World champion of what? The United States?” call out to the NBA?! Having extolled his practice and nimble feet on the venerable track slopes, he, however, isn’t a fan of the classic, run-of-the-mill marathon.

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Recently, following his well-deserved first win of the 2024 season, he captured the track world’s attention with his audacious declarations for the Olympic year. And once again, off the track, he has voiced his opinions, this time diving into the world of marathons as he engaged in a scorching conversation with a track insider.

Noah Lyles gives his bold insights about marathons

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In a highly anticipated episode of the famous “Sprint Talk” on his YouTube channel, Noah Lyles sat down with the host of Total Running Productions. The title of the video read, Unveiling the face of Total Running Productions and The Climate of Track and Field.” In the video, Noah Lyles proceeded to introduce the man behind the YouTube channel that features running documentaries, athlete analysis, and behind-the-scenes content, Andrew Martin. Lyles kicked off the conversation by expressing his admiration for Martin’s work, noting his expertise and passion for track and field since he began following the channel in 2017.

As the conversation flowed, Noah Lyles also shared how he recommended Martin for a position at New Balance, saying, We at least have to have one person who just knows their stats, who has the personality, who is willing to know every event. I mean, you have me watching marathon videos. I do not care about the marathon; I promise you, I don’t. Yet here I am listening to 5K split times, mile split times, you know what temperature is best for a marathon.” This revelation came as a surprise and showed a different side of Noah Lyles as he gushed about his admiration for Andrew Martin. And this bold claim comes just days after Lyles made waves by opening his 2024 track season.

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His blazing 2024 opener and goals for the Olympic year 2024

At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 4, 2024, Noah Lyles took Boston by storm in the men’s 60-meter race. The three-time 200-meter world champion and Olympic star Lyles surged ahead, overtaking Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake by one-hundredth of a second, and ran the 60-meter dash in 6.44 seconds, significantly beating his previous personal best of 6.51 seconds.

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This feat placed him tied for the seventh-fastest in American history in the 60-meter sprint. After smashing expectations, Noah Lyles revealed his plans for the 2024 season and the Olympic year, sharing, “We’re coming after everything—all the Olympic medals. I don’t care who wants it. It’s mine.” As Noah Lyles never fails to match his claims with his performances, fans await further thrilling updates from the reigning 2023 World Champion, Noah Lyles, as he makes his mark in 2024.

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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