“I Don’t Care Who Wants It, It’s Mine”: Noah Lyles Fires ‘Confident’ Message to Rivals for Paris Olympics

Published 02/04/2024, 8:55 PM EST

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Everybody is familiar with Noah Lyles‘ mastery by now. 2023 has seen the reigning 200m champion dominate the track, issuing challenges to all his rivals. But at the 2024 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the 26-year-old has kick-started the athletic/Olympic year with a bang already. What awaits comes later, but the current position he holds is a hard thing to confront.

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Fred Kerley, the haughty 2022 World Athletics Championships 100m gold medalist, just faced a hard blow as Lyles blazed through to bag the ‘3 peat’. Soon after, the 6x world champion’s words at a post-event conversation reflected nothing but confidence.

Noah Lyles has a reason to boast

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An X post of NBC Olympics and Paralympics reads, Noah Lyles is feeling CONFIDENT after a lifetime best in the men’s 60m. #NBIGP”. Clocking a remarkable 6.44 seconds, the Budapest threepeater has shown the world where he stands. The clip paired with the iconic caption features Lyles speaking with peaked ‘confidence’, “All the Olympic medals. I don’t care who wants it. It’s mine”.

He further continued with a strong assertion in his voice, “Now I’m looking at another major PR. Guess what that means….. we coming after everything”. Having won the 60m feat in 2022 and 2023 as well, this was his third consecutive win. 

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Touching track virtuoso Usain Bolt’s record for the most sub-20 second times in history has been a major leap in his career. Trailing behind Bolt on the 200m WAC all-time list, it might be just a couple of races until he stands on top. But the other sprint specialist Kerley is in no mood to stop.

Already the owner of several World Championship medals, 28-year-old Kerley had grabbed the 100m silver at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Aiming to make another entry, Kerley’s confidence went beyond human comprehension.

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Fred Kerley’s confidence might have paid him dearly

On August 18, 2023, Kerley was part of a press conference. The video was uploaded by Citius Mag, where the title “Fred Kerley: If Noah Lyles Is Running 9.65, I’m Running Faster” was enough proof of his conceited nature. In the clip, he said, “I’m Fred Kerley. It is my title. No one 9.65 home running faster”. While interviewers may have behaved in a deriding fashion, Kerley is proud of his deeds.

Noah Lyles Makes Bold Promise 2 Days Ahead New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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When some prominent names of color made it to the Complex’s billionaire list, Kerley had his hands clasped. Willing to see himself as a trillionaire someday, that would only happen if he buckles himself up to best Noah Lyles. Both eyeing the Paris Olympics, let’s see how the thrill goes.

Watch this story: Noah Lyles Eyeing on Shattering Another Record of Usain Bolt After Breaking the Sprinting Legend’s Record in Seven Years

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Agnijeeta Majumder

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With a passion for sports and an active lifestyle, I delved into the world of journalism and here I am creating insights on various avenues of the sporting realm. In my school years, I could often be found loitering about with a throw ball in hand or maybe engaging in a tough bout. My active participation in both traditional sports and hiking escapades has considerably shaped my mind and its thoughts.
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