Noah Lyles bests Michael Johnson’s record to repeat as 200 world champ

Noah Lyles still owns the men’s 200-meter dash.

Lyles broke Michael Johnson’s national record Thursday night to repeat as world champion – and lead the second US sprint sweep in six days at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Lyles, 25, crossed the line in 19.31, shattering his previous personal best of 19.50 and besting Johnson’s record – set at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta – by one hundredth of a second.

Then, to celebrate, Lyles was greeted on the track by Johnson, which caught the new record holder by surprise. It was the first time the men had met in person. But no, Johnson did not give Lyles his famous golden spikes.

“I can’t take those,” cried Lyles, an adidas-sponsored athlete, “those are Nikes!”


Kenny Bednarek, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, came in second in 19.77, with 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton (19.80) close behind him for bronze.

It was the second sweep for the American men in the sprints, as Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell also went 1-2-3 in the 100.

It’s the first time the Americans have swept both events at the same world championship, and just the second time the US has swept the 200. The other was 2005, in Helsinki.

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