Noah Lyles again stamped his claim on the men’s 200m with another impressive display at Friday’s (5 July) Lausanne Diamond League meeting.
The American Lyles, who aimed to beat Usain Bolt’s record of 19.19, ran stunning 19.50s, which is the fastest time in the world this year. The mark is also a meeting record and personal best for Lyles.
Four of his five times, 19.69 (twice), 19.65 and 19.67, last season, were below 19.70. His previous best this season was 19.73s
Lyles commuted: “The track here is burning up. I’m feeling good here. Me and my coach have been working really hard. I know I’m running exactly what my coach wants me to run. It was a good, well-executed race. It was about getting out strong. There is nothing better than seeing the accomplishments of what you have put in. Each year I’m making a huge jump. I’m very satisfied. It’s time for the next race.”
Alex QUIÑÓNEZ (ECU) ran a national record 19.87 for 2nd while Andre De Grasse (CAN) ended 3rd in 19.92s.
The men’s 100m dash went to another American in Justin Gatlin. He was the only man under 10 seconds with 9.92.
Gatlin said: “It was a smooth race. I think the people here are nice. I was coming here to finish strong. I was instructed to have a clean start. On the last ten meters, I felt like I was winning. I’m going to go home after Monaco. I’m feeling strong and more competitive. The podium is not promised at the World Championships.” Michael Rodgers, Gatlin’s compatriot, finished 2nd in 10.01 while Aaron Brown (CAN), ended 3rd in 10.07s.