Noah Lyles hit top form at today’s (9 July) Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games.
Athletes, because of the Coronavirus restrictions, competed from different locations across the world.
Lyles, who faced the starter from Bradenton, stopped the clock in a fast 18.90 seconds, into an unfavourable 3.7m/s wind.
The time, however, is still unbelievable as this makes him the first human to run sub-19 seconds. Usain Bolt’s 200m world record is 19.19s. Lyles ran alone from his location in Bradenton, Florida.
It was later learned that he was lined up in the wrong lane and ran just 185 metres, according to the World Athletics website report. The mishap moved him from first to third, with the win – and the US$10,000 winner’s cheque – going to Christophe Lemaitre.
“You can’t be playing with my emotions like this…. got me in the wrong lane smh,” he tweeted after the event.
Over in Zurich, Frenchman Christopher Lemaitre, with zero wind, ran 20.65 seconds.
Meanwhile, in Papendal, Churandy Martina crossed the finish line in 20.81 (0.2m/s wind).
Sam Kendricks of USA won the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 5.81m while Piotr Lisek of Poland cleared 5.66m
Sandi Morris, also of USA, cleared 4.66m in the women’s pole vault and Angelica Bengtsson of Swedeen got over 4.46m.
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