USA 200m Star Noah Lyles Believes He Would Have Ran Faster With Live Fans At Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/22/2021, 1:17 PM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 27: Noah Lyles reacts after winning the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


The Olympic champion, Noah Lyles, clinched gold at the Prefontaine Classic but has certain reservations with his fans.

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Lyles is an American professional track and field athlete specializing in sprints. Currently, he is the world champion and also the Olympic bronze medalist of 200m in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Furthermore, he has a personal best of 9.86 seconds for the 100 meters and 19.50 seconds for the 200 meters. It was after Bolt’s retirement that Lyles was expecting to aim for gold in 200m as one of the best sprinters sailing from the states. However, post him achieving the third position in the 200m race at the Summer Games, he decided to get better and faster.

Recently, he made a blazing comeback at Prefontaine Classic in Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Let’s see how!

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 200m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 5, 2021. Bronze medallist, Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Noah Lyles at the Prefontaine Classic

After securing the third position at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Noah saw this as a golden opportunity for him to redeem himself. With an amazing timing of 19.52 seconds, he beat his competitors by quite a margin. The silver medallist, Kenneth Bednarek, ran with a timing of 19.80 seconds, whereas Josephus Lyles secured the third stance with a timing of 20.03 seconds.

As a matter of fact, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about several restrictions. One of the major impacts it has had on the performance of the athletes is indeed significant. Talking about his performance at the Diamond League this Saturday, Noah has an interesting thought to offer. He posted a tweet on his account, wherein he mentioned the comparison between two of his race timings. One, wherein he mentioned the 200m timing he had in Tokyo and the other one being at Prefontaine Classic. Referring to the effect audience can have on an athlete’s performance, Noah too pointed out the difference it had created for him, this time.

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Since the Olympic guidelines did not allow any fans to physically come and cheer for the athletes taking part in various events, it brought about fluctuations in the performances of all the participants.

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Yes, talent is everything on the field is everything, but the support and encouragement one gets from the fans is undeniably impactful. Nevertheless, watching Noah bolder his way through the tournament showed how much he wanted to experience the sweet taste of glory. Kudos to the American!

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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