World champion Noah Lyles turned the tables on Erriyon Knighton to win the men’s 200m on Sunday’s (28 June) final day of the 2021 US Olympic trials in Eugene, USA.
Lyles, who was way off his best going into the final, found form to blaze to a world-leading 19.74 clocking.
He sightly trailed Kenny Bednarek off the curve and gave it his all down the homestretch. He ran across the line with his left hand in the year in celebration.
Knighton, who beat Lyles in the semi-finals and heats, found himself sixth at the top of the curve. He finished strong, but his personal best effort was not enough to catch Lyles.
His 19.84 secs is a new world junior (U20) record, lowering his semi-final mark of 19.88. Usain Bolt 19.93 had held the world junior record since 2004.
Bednarek finished third in 19.78, also a personal best, to book his ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Games next month (July).
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Sydney McLaughlin beat Dalilah Muhammad’s world record mark of 52.16 by running 51.90 in the women’s 400m hurdles. Muhammad was second in 52.42.
Athing Mu, who recently signed a pro contract with Nike, ran a personal best, world-leading and meet record 1:56.07 to win the women’s 800m.
Cole Hocker topped the men’s 1500m in a personal best 3:35.25.
Taliyah Brooks collapsed on Sunday’s second and final day of the women’s Heptathlon due to the scorching temperatures at Hayward Field that reached a record high. She was not able to finish the competition after being forced to be examined.
The women’s sprints will be hot at this summer’s Toyko Olympic Games. Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and defending sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, along with Americans Sha’Carri Richardson and Gabby Thomas (200m), Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain.
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He did good. Hope he wins in Tokyo. Erriyon will be great in the near future too, Practice and experience is what need.
So at the Olympics to qualify for 200m final how many heats or 200m races you have to run?
Nthutang Tueng 3, the heats, the semis and the final
Julie Carter they take first 3 or the time counts too
Nthutang Tueng for the semis, it would be the top 2 and then the 2 fastest loser for the finals.
Julie Carter so no mistakes, I hope coaches teach their junior athletes about this things as early as possible
Well done to every runner you are all Champs guys
It’s takes experience he will soon get it right. He just need to keep focus
How much beast and dwyer a come? Andre Bennett
Rushawn Bell not making finals 🤣
Dwyer won’t even make the finals on current form
The young boy was too much before the finals he was lucky to get third.
Elijah Kofi Kumi lucky?
James Gilbert Jr. Yes because Kerly was tracking him down.
He’s just a boy literally so I think any result would have bn good for him the depth the us have in men’s track at the moment is insane to run 19.9 and not get a berth it’s just insane
This was crazy, it’s like I was watching the Olympics
Terry GO Anderson for real . The whole US trials
Taurean Hamilton true dat
Oregon track is quick
Taurean Hamilton Myth. Have you ever ran on Oregon track before?