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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.

Short Distance

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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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

41 thoughts on “Noah Lyles’ swizzling 18.90 comes up short”
    1. The organizer is supposed to be fine or ban to organize this type of event and pay the athletes for there mistake ? If it was the athlete that did a mistake what would ,the organizer would do ? There is always a good excuse for them and never the athlete …….. and Mr Coe what do you reply about that ?

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