World Athletics Championships: Lyles Takes Gold In The 100m To Extend US Dominance

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Noah Lyles roared to victory in a sensational men’s world championships 100m in Budapest on Sunday to extend the US dominance in track and field’s blue riband event in the post-Usain Bolt era. Lyles, who already has two world 200m titles to his name and will go for a third in the Hungarian capital, clocked 9.83sec – the fastest 100m time of the season so far – for victory at the National Athletics Centre.

“They said it couldn’t be done. They said I wasn’t the one. But I thank God I am,” bellowed Lyles after dancing around in delight when his win was confirmed on the stadium’s big screen.

Lyles only finished third in the 100m at the US trials. “I have taken a lot of losses, even in the 100m,” he said. “Going to the USA championships with Covid I got a bronze medal, but a lot of people would cut me off right there and they probably did already. I knew what I had to do. I came here for three golds, ticked off one, others are coming.”

Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo, 20, claimed silver in 9.88sec in a photo finish from Anguilla-born Briton Zharnel Hughes. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan improved on his seventh place in Eugene last year to bag sixth, while Kenya’s in-form Commonwealth champion Ferdinand Omanyala came in seventh, just ahead of a second Jamaican, Ryiem Forde.

Lyles’ victory represented a fourth consecutive American gold in the men’s 100m, following in the footsteps of Justin Gatlin in London in 2017, Christian Coleman in Doha two years later and Fred Kerley in Eugene last year. Bolt won the last of his three titles in Beijing in 2015, before retiring after having to settle for bronze in London two years later.

The final in the Hungarian capital, widely regarded as the most open in 20 years, had been further blown apart in a set of dramatic semifinals. Neither reigning champion Kerley nor Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs managed to make the final eight, opening the door for Lyles to stage his ambush.

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