American sprinter Noah Lyles is now considered one of the fastest men in history. During the London Diamond League event on Sunday, Lyles achieved an impressive feat by breaking Usain Bolt’s record for the most 200-meter races run in under 20 seconds.
His time of 19.47 seconds secured him the third-fastest time ever recorded in this event. The competition was aggressive, with Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo setting a new African record at 19.50 seconds and Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who was named the fastest man in the world recently, clocking 19.73 seconds.
Since turning pro in 2016, Lyles has consistently performed at an exceptional level, completing 35 sprints in under 20 seconds. This surpasses Bolt’s record of 34 sprints achieved before retiring in 2017. Lyles expressed his determination to bring back American dominance in sprinting, inspired by the era when his father, Kevin Lyles, competed against legendary sprinter Michael Johnson and he saw American athletes sweeping the events, according to BBC.
The victory in the 200-meter race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earned Lyles a bronze medal. Now, with his recent achievement in London, he has claimed his fifth gold medal in the 200-meter race at this prestigious competition. Looking ahead, Lyles is gearing up for the World Athletic Championships in Budapest, where he is set to compete in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events in August 2023.
Lyles’ exceptional performance and determination to reclaim American sprinting dominance has always been a dream he hoped to fulfill. His success on the track and his record-breaking accomplishments position him as one of the fastest men in the history of the sport, earning him well-deserved recognition and admiration from fans and competitors alike. With his sights set on further achievements at the upcoming championships, Lyles is poised to continue making his mark on the world of sprinting.