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Is Noah Lyles right? Are today's sprinters really slower than Usain Bolt's era?

Can Usain Bolt’s everlasting 200-meter world record be broken by Noah Lyles? The speculation circulates in the track and field as the Paris 2024 Olympics draw near. With incredible confidence, Noah Lyles is preparing for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The crowd has been shaken by his recent performances and daring remarks. In addition to laying the groundwork for his Olympic career, Lyles’ words have evoked connections to the great sprinter Usain Bolt. The rivalry between Lyles and Bolt’s legacy is growing as observers debate Lyles’s chances of setting new marks. NBC Sports recently tweeted about Lyles’ confidence, which sparked conversation regarding the claim and the potential of racing.

Lyles begins the video by seeing the racing footage for the first time. He remarks, highlighting his noteworthy beginning, “First ten looks good.” While Christian, his rival, is gaining ground on him, he doesn’t seem to be phased. He displays his self-control and concentration in the face of stress. Lyles goes on to review his performance, pointing out that he might have given a more forceful “pump” to his arms.

Next, he talks about the “slingshot” effect that pushes him ahead as he rounds the corner. Lyles carefully goes over his technique saying, “Form Looks good.” Further, he notes how he keeps moving quickly by pressing his knees into the ground. However, Noah Lyles shifts into his highest gear as the crucial minute arrives. “My leg is staying open. Do what I do,” Lyles says, experiencing again that key moment.

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Concluding his analysis with the following assertion: “I just move at the same speed everybody else slower.” His comment displays his confidence and awareness of his ability. However, Noah Lyles is one step ahead of Paris considering his thrilling performance in the 200m final race. Lyles clocking a time of 19.53 seconds was quite noteworthy. Now, the aim is to beat the Jamaican runner.

Fans’ reactions towards Noah Lyles come in clutch

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On X, the NBC video was recently shared by Travis Miller. This tweet notes Lyles’s words which adds fuel to the fire. Viewers were quick to chime in their opinions on Noah Lyles and Usain Bolt. A fan criticized Lyles’ personality, saying he should learn from Bolt: “Noah, you can be confident without being condescending. Take Usain Bolt for example.” The line highlights Bolt’s display that confidence and respect are equal. The user continued, “We knew as long as he made it to the finish he was likely coming first, and yet even he spoke favorably of his competitors while smiling and letting us know he was the best.”

Another admirer, on the other hand, supported Lyles’ approach by highlighting his uniqueness in sportsmanship and saying, “He’s Noah Lyles, not Usain Bolt. Not everyone has to approach competition the same way. Even Bolt likes Noah’s smack-talking.” The unquestioned sprint champion, Usain Bolt, has been closely observing Noah Lyles’ growth. Bolt understood the difficulties and intense competition that modern sprinting presents. Jamaican runner
notes how challenging it is to succeed in the 100 and 200-meter races saying, “I feel like Noah feels like it’s easy running both events. It was never easy.”

At the 2022 World Championships, Lyles came quite near to breaking Bolt’s record, sparking optimism. Bolt feels Lyles can achieve more success than his remarkable record with a few tweaks. “I think the possibility is there because he came close at the World Championships.” Bolt said, “I think if he corrects a few things, I won’t say, he could get better.” Surprisingly, when asked how Lyles could accomplish this, Bolt jokingly declined to offer his advice. He laughed, “I won’t tell you how to break the world record,” hiding his secrets from himself.

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Furthermore, a fan commented, “I just realized: Usain never spoke bad of his competitors,” in response to Bolt’s polite nature. “He was always respectful and never took anything for granted. Even when they booed Gatlin in London, Bolt told him he didn’t deserve that.” A user only said, “expanding a lil bit,” urging more conversation and in-depth research into the subject.

An additional enthusiast elaborated on the connection by bringing up other renowned players: “I used Usain as an example. I also could have used Tyson Gay or Justin Gatlin. I like Noah’s competitive spirit. I’m not a fan of his interviews. You don’t need to speak down on the competition especially not after they’ve just run faster than you.” Unquestionably, Lyles is driven and confident, but the Olympic venue will be the true test.