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American Noah Lyles ties Usain Bolt’s 200m wins record at New York Grand Prix

Noah Lyles has matched an impressive record that was held by none other than legendary Jamaican runner, Usain Bolt.

The American sprinter equalled Bolt’s mark for the most 200-metre contests with times of less than 20 seconds.

The 25-year-old was able to run a time of 19.83 seconds at the NYC Grand Prix at Randall Island’s Icahn Stadium on Saturday.

According to NBC Sports, Lyles’ time of 19.83 seconds was good enough for first place in the men’s 200-metre race. To keep the record for himself, he simply needs to run one more race of that distance in under 20 seconds.

Time is on the American’s side to break because he will be only 26 years old next month.

the Florida-born has the fastest 200m time at 19.67 seconds.

After the race, Lyles told NBC’s Lewis Johnson: “It’s not perfect, but it was very fun.”

Lyles is now the third fastest 200m sprinter in history, behind Usain Bolt’s 19.19 seconds and Yohan Blake’s 19.26 seconds.

Who is Lyles Noah?

When Lyles won two gold medals at the 2016 World U20 Championships, he made headlines.

The native of Gainesville, Florida in the USA took home the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

According to Sportkeeda, he also took home gold in the 4x100m and 200m relay at the 2019 World Championships.

Lyles also won five gold medals in the Diamond League series. He won gold there in the 200m events in 2017 and 2018, the 100m and 200m events in 2019, and the 200m event in 2022.

Credit: NBC Sports 

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