Noah Lyles Says he is Aiming for Bolt’s Records This Year
In his first top-level meet of the year, Lyles, the world 200m champion, won the 60m sprint in 6.51 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, edging out Trayvon Bromell by two-thousandths of a second.
After running a personal-best time in last Saturday’s 60m event, Noah Lyles reaffirmed his intentions and credentials to break records in the 100m and 200m, where Usain Bolt holds the record.
It was a remarkable day for Lyles as he came from behind to beat Bromell by four-hundredths of a second and shaved four hundredths off of his personal best. It is good news for Lyles’s prospects come the spring and summer outdoor season, where he would be able to compete in the events he is most passionate about, which are 100m and 200m.
“This is the moment I’ve been working, like, seven years for, we’re not just coming for the 200m world record, we’re coming for all the world records.” The world champion declared in an interview after his outstanding performance in the 60m.
In the 60m, Lyles said that he achieved a breakthrough last year, and this was a result of a stellar indoor season when he was able to lower his personal best to a sizzling 6.55. Lyles’s impressive performance was followed by a substantial drop in his personal best in the 200m from 19.50 to 19.31 as well.
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The expectation is that Lyles will compete in the 100m and 200m races this year after solely focusing on the 200m last year. Because he has been given a bye into the 200m event at world championships, he will likely have to race the 100m at USATF Outdoors to qualify for the 100m US national team.