7 Years Worth of Wait Rewards Noah Lyles, Slamming Critics With the Perfect Answer: “Just About Time”

Published 10/03/2023, 8:57 AM EDT

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Noah Lyles has achieved the pinnacle. After seven years of struggling to surpass Usain Bolt, the 26-year-old was able to etch his name in the history of athletics in season 2023. Apart from breaking Bolt’s record for the most 200-meter runs under 20 seconds, the athlete also became the first sprinter to secure golds in both 100m and 200m at the 2023 World Athletics Championship since Lighting Bolt

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Amid breaking records and achieving multiple accolades this season, the athlete went candid about his journey in an interview. Interestingly, while discussing his journey, the newly crowned world champion also slammed the critics with a perfect answer. A short clip from the interview video has made waves in the world of track and field.

Noah Lyles slams his critics

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On October 2, Noah Lyles joined USA Today in an exclusive interview. Interestingly, in the discussion, Noah Lyles, who was introduced as the fastest man, was asked about how he feels after achieving multiple accolades on the track. Amid this question, the 26-year-old athlete, radiating confidence, stated, “It’s just about time,” leaving the interviewers in awe. Further, while talking about the confidence needed to surpass his competitors within a fraction of a second, Noah Lyles said, “Earlier, I just said it’s just about time. People be like, Why is he so cocky? It’s like, No, I know what my ability is.”

 

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Moreover, while highlighting his performance at the 2023 Worlds, the athlete added, “I know that I can run up to what my standard of running is, and I have been the world champion in 200m, and now after this World Championship, now three times in a row, so I know that the hundred is coming; it’s just a matter of time.”

Interestingly, this video comes after the athlete could not keep his word at the 2023 World Athletics. Despite clinching gold, he could not surpass Usain Bolt’s legendary 200-meter record.

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Noah Lyles fails to keep his word

At the 2023 World Athletics, Noah Lyles secured his second gold on 200-meter tracks. The Tokyo Olympics champion was able to win the event in 19.52 seconds, followed by Erriyon Knighton and Lestile Tobego, who secured the second and third positions, respectively. However, amid this win, Lyles failed to keep his promise of breaking Usain Bolt’s 200-meter record of 19.19 set in 2009. Prior to the race, the athlete was confident enough to surpass Bolt’s legacy on Budapest tracks. He said at the time, “Well, in my head, I think I am going to break it. I am planning to break it.”

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Despite not achieving this milestone so far, Noah Lyles was able to shut down his critics with an extraordinary performance on the tracks. Now, Lyles’ fans await for the athlete to strike his magic on the tracks of Paris and clinch another staunch victory for the United States next year.

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Paras Jan

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Paras Haji is a US Sports author at Essentially Sports. She began her professional journey as a content and news publisher, which gave her valuable experience in the sports media industry. Her passion for all things Olympics, and dedication to keeping track of every competitive performance, have earned her recognition for handing over captivating articles.
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