Usain Bolt’s 200m Track Record Under Threat as US Star Noah Lyles Closes In

Published 06/24/2023, 11:55 AM EDT

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In athletics, no other sport mesmerizes viewers quite like sprinting. Sprinters put in countless hours of training and push their bodies to the limit to achieve greatness. And they do so by sheer determination to make the impossible a reality. One such athlete who has been defying all odds is Noah Lyles.

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The American sprinter has been making headlines in the athletic world with impressive performances. Lyles has also earned a reputation for his lightning-fast speed and record-breaking abilities. But is he as great as the legend Usain Bolt?

Usain Bolt has high praise for Noah Lyles

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Usain Bolt retired from professional sprinting in 2017, leaving behind a legacy many believed would be impossible to match. Until now, Noah Lyles has been proving himself to be a worthy successor to Bolt’s throne. Noah had the best 200 m season in 2022. The sprinter competed in twelve 200 m races and won them all.

Not only that, but he also got to the finishing line in under 20 seconds. Lyles won the U.S. Nationals and the World Athletics Championships, finishing them in record timings. This moved him to third ranking, with Bolt at the top and Yohan Blake between them. Noah Lyles has been on Bolt’s radar, as the Jamaican sprinter has enjoyed a 13-year-long unbroken record which he set at the World Athletics Championships held in Berlin. Noah is also unabashed about his ambitions and, in an interview, proclaimed bravely, “I have already planned out everyone’s demolished.”

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“Breaking the meet records and beating the fastest in the world, that is all about it,” said Lyles

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Lyles has been vying for Bolt’s record of 19.19 secs from 2009. But there are other areas where Lyles might surpass the legend in the upcoming NYC Grand Prix. Bolt has the maximum number of wins in the sub-20, with 34 total victories earned between 2004 and 2016. Lyles is creeping quite close to this record with 33 wins, even after lost races due to the 2020 pandemic. His fans believe that Lyles will easily break Bolt’s record and be the top guy in sprinting. Lyles has the best chance to be the best-ever sprinter in the half-lap. He is currently in training and getting to his top shape. For him, it seems the job is never finished.

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Anchal Ahuja

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Anchal Ahuja is a sports author for Essentially Sports. She is a skilled writer who has a vast knowledge of different sports and is now delved into the US Sports Arena. Anchal has chased her dream and followed her passion to become a pro writer.
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