Lyles broke Michael Johnson's national record on Thursday night to repeNoah Lyles sets American record to win 200 meter world titleat as world champion
Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday night, Lyles broke Michael Johnson's national record to win the world title again
25-year-old Lyles crossed the finish line in 19.31, smashing his previous best of 19.50 and beating Johnson's record from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics by a hundredth of a second.
Olympic silver medallist Kenny Bednarek finished second in 19.77, and Erriyon Knighton, 18, took third place just behind him.
Along with Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, and Marvin Bracy, the Americans over the weekend swept the top 100.
The Americans have won the 200 only once before, and this is the first time they have done so at a single world championship.
The 2021 Olympic bronze winner put up a commanding performance that re-established him as one of the sport's greatest stars to beat in the competitive field of 200 meters.
Given the difficulties Lyles has discussed in recent years, that is significant. He has been open and explicit about the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on him.