World 200m champion Noah Lyles feels hurt that Christian Coleman’s possible absence is likely to cost Team USA at the next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
Lyles said Coleman’s violations could prevent them from breaking the world 4x100m record at the Olympic Games.
“It hurts because we want to go to Tokyo and aim for the world record,” he was quoted by BBC saying.
Jamaica has the three fastest men’s 4x100m times. Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt ran 36.84 to win the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In Daegu 2011, the same Jamaican quartet ran 37.04, then a world record. Also, in Beijing 2008, the team of carter, Frater, Bolt and Asafa Powell set Jamaica’s first world record in the event of 37.10.
USA’s quartet of Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Michael Rodgers and Lyles, ran a national record of 37.10 to win in Doha 2019.
Coleman is provisionally suspended for missing three doping tests in a year.
Lyles said Coleman should take “more responsibility”.
“You are just hoping for a little more responsibility,” said Lyles.
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