19-Year Old Noah Lyles Arrives As A Star By Winning His Diamond League Debut in 19.90!

by LetsRun.com
May 13, 2017

America, meet your newest track star.

19-year old Noah Lyles, who was 4th at the US Olympic Trials last in a US HS record of 20.09, emphatically showed today that his decision to go pro was the right one as in his first appearance on the IAAF Diamond League circuit, he won and destroyed the 20-second barrier by running 19.90.

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Video of the race:

“I’m just excited. It’s my first 19 – at 19!!” said Lyles after the race.

Lyles at Finishline

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Lyles, who during the indoor season ran the fastest indoor 300 in history (31.87) to win the US title, is now just the fourth human being to break 20.00 before turning 20.

lyles-shanghai-post-raceOnly sub-20.00 200’s by teenagers

Alonso Edward, 19.81 Berlin 8/21/2009
Usain Bolt, 19.88 Lausanne 7/11/2006
Noah Lyles, 19.90 Shanghai 5/13/2017
Usain Bolt, 19.93 Hamilton, Bermuda 4/11/2004
Adam Gemili, 19.98 Moscow 8/16/2013
Usain Bolt, 19.99 London 7/22/2005

Note: Usain Bolt is the only man to run sub-20 at age 17 (that 19.93) or age 18 (19.99).

Full Results

200 Metres - Men                                  Wind: -0.4 m/s
    1 Lyles , Noah                     USA      19.90          8
    2 Merritt , LaShawn                USA      20.27          7
    3 Gemili , Adam                    GBR      20.35          6
    4 Webb , Ameer                     USA      20.39          5
    5 Xie , Zhenye                     CHN      20.40          4
    6 Brown , Aaron                    CAN      20.41          3
    7 Martina , Churandy               NED      20.62          2
    8 Rodney , Brendon                 CAN      20.63          1
    9 Spearmon , Wallace               USA      21.06           

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Screenshots from the race and post-race interview highlight via broadcast on Universal HD.

That's what we call major separation

That’s what we call major separation

Lyles dominated the rest of the field

Lyles dominated the rest of the field

Lyles points to the clock

Lyles points to the clock

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