Noah Lyles defends his 200m world title with an American record of 19.31 at Oregon22
EUGENE, OREGON - JULY 21: Noah Lyles of Team United States celebrates winning gold in the Men's 200m Final on day seven of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images for World Athletics)

Renowned for his blazing speed on the track, World 200m champion Noah Lyles is gearing up for a monumental challenge at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23. With the audacious goal of surpassing Usain Bolt’s legendary World Records, Lyles’s ambitions are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Taking to his Instagram platform, Lyles shared his aspirations with a simple yet powerful image: “I will run 9.65s, 19.10s.” These numbers represent the times he’s set his sights on achieving in the 100m and 200m events at the highly anticipated championships.

In his caption, Lyles eloquently expressed his perspective on dreaming big. “They say if they don’t know your dreams, then they can’t shoot them down. But I have always been more of a guy who loves to hear the screams from heaters, got a nice ring to it,” he wrote.

Should Lyles conquer the 100m in 9.65s, he will ascend to the second-fastest man in history, trailing only Bolt’s iconic World Record of 9.58s. In the 200m, his goal of 19.10s has the potential to obliterate Usain Bolt‘s record of 19.19, set during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.


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What is Noah Lyles’ fastest time in the 200m?

Lyles’s track record is already impressive, with a lifetime best of 19.31s in the 200m – a time that positions him as the third-fastest ever, only trailing Bolt’s WR and Yohan Blake’s 19.26s. His prowess extends to the 100m as well, boasting an all-time best of 9.86s. ALSO READ: Noah Lyles 19.47 to highlight London Diamond League

This season, Lyles has showcased his mettle with a commendable 9.94s in the 100m. However, it’s his dominance in the 200m that truly stands out, as he currently holds the world-leading time of 19.47s. This achievement places him as the prime contender for the coveted world title in Budapest 23, marking him as a force to be reckoned with on the global stage.

As the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships draw nearer, Noah Lyles’s pursuit of greatness adds an electrifying dimension to the event. The prospect of witnessing history in the making as he challenges Bolt’s legendary records is undoubtedly a spectacle that sports enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate.


  1. No, I don’t see that happening at all, he hasn’t shown that level of fitness thus far this season. Erriyon Knighton however looks like he has the raw potential and could do so in a few years time if his coaches allow him room to peak gradually

  2. Well a man gotta dream…let bolt coach u to break it..furthermore anything is possible but I dnt see the endurance in Noah to break bolt record but who am i to tell…good luck trying…dnt injure yourself trying to get there though🤗🤗🤗🤗

  3. What the mind can conceive that can be achieved with hard work, self-confidence and PMA….Positive Mental Attitude. Lyles set for himself a time-sensitive, realistic and achievable goal. Who are we to say whether or not he can achieve it? If he did not put any limit on his abilities, why should anyone else do so? This is what successful people do. I wish him all the best.

  4. Achieving a time of 9.65 seconds is the culmination of varying degrees of training and excellence, intertwined with the elements of a flawlessly executed race and optimal weather conditions. As Mike Tyson astutely noted, everyone boasts a plan until they face the unexpected. The truth of this statement remains to be witnessed.

  5. From 9.8 to 9.6nuhhhh….. I don’t see that happening. Plus he hardly run 100 for the season.
    The 200m prob he might get as fast as 19.3 if conditions are good in #Budapest2023.. All my life doing tracks I’ve never seen a fast time run in the place .( I could be wrong let’s see). IG: @danielbailey100m

  6. Its capable with the right formula he has the potential to do it. Right track, right strt, right curve, right endurance and he can do it. Before Usain got to 19.19 he got to 19.30 and Noah has do it. What we have to understand is that as the years go by with the right coach and talent combination. If we put our head to it. Its achievable. In addition what people don’t understand is that he is from a country where they are prone to hype themselves up with trying to achieve the utmost. It goes way back to carl lewis maurice green john drummond justin gatlin to name a few. What he is saying is not new. I can also say he is more humble than those listed athletes whether he can achieve it or not the sports needs some added attention and with he saying what he thinks he can do is good for the sport. As long as he stays focus and does not try to disrespect his competitors or the past greats then let him be. 🍻


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