Alexandria grad Noah Lyles sets U.S. record in 200m

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Alexandria High School graduate Noah Lyles set the U.S. record in the 200m sprint on Thursday at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics.

Lyles, 25, clocked 19.31 seconds, beating the previous American record of 19.32 seconds, set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Lyles set the third fastest time in the world over 200m. The 200m world record is set by Usain Bolt in 19.19 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. The only other time faster than Lyles was 19.26 seconds by Yohan Blake in the Brussels Diamond League meeting in 2011.

“All I can say is ‘I patiently waited for Track to explode’,” Lyles wrote in a Facebook post after his win. “Thank you to my family, thank you God for helping me through difficult times, thank you to everyone who supported me and to everyone who didn’t support me because you only make me hungry and that you want to work harder!”

Lyles was also the 200m winner at the 2019 world championships, but won bronze in the 200m at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Lyles graduated in 2016 from TC Williams High School, now renamed Alexandria City High School. Athletics runs in the family, as her parents Keisha Caine Bishop and Kevin Lyles were track and field competitors at Seton Hall University, and her brother Josephus Lyles is also a professional athlete.

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