Fans React to US Track Champion Noah Lyles’ Victory Over His Compatriot Fred Kerley at the Doha Diamond League

Published 05/13/2022, 2:12 PM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – OCTOBER 01: Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates winning the Men’s 200 Metres final during day five of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Another day, another race and it’s another second-place finish for the US track athlete Fred Kerley. However, this time he didn’t lose the first place to any outsider. This time it was his compatriot, Noah Lyles, clinching the victory out of his grasp. Seems like the 27-year-old American athlete is stuck in some loop of second-place finishes.

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Prior to today’s 200m race in the Doha Diamond League, Fred also came second in the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi last weekend. Last time, it was Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala, who won the gold and Fred had to settle for the silver. Further back, in the Tokyo Olympics as well he brought home a silver medal while Marcell Jacobs got the gold.

Fans react to Noah Lyles’ victory over Fred Kerley

It’s very sad on Fred Kerley’s part that once again he finished second. Furthermore, this would mean a huge setback for him, given his rivalry with fellow American Noah Lyles. Obviously, it’s a bit shocking for Kerley fans but the victory has certainly made everyone’s day who was cheering for Noah Lyles this season.

These are the happy fans, who are delighted by Noah’s sensational victory at the Doha Diamond League.

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A minute difference

For the first place, the Olympic bronze medalist Noah Lyles clocked 19.72 seconds, while his fellow countryman Fred Kerley was able to clock 19.75 seconds. Though the margin was very minute, it made all the difference. Now the 24-year-old has a slight edge over Fred in their long-standing 200m battle.

DOHA, QATAR – OCTOBER 05: Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay final during day nine of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As for Fred, it’s time he should revisit his strategy and game plan. After all, he deserves much more than he is getting right now.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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