Noah Lyles Triumphs in 200m with World-Leading Time 19.53 at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

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At the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Saturday, Noah Lyles secured a sprint double by claiming victory in the 200m final. He kicked off his dominant performance by leading the initial round on Thursday with a time of 20.10 seconds, before accelerating to 19.60 seconds in Friday's semifinals. In the concluding race, the three-time world sprint champion surpassed his previous efforts, setting a new U.S. trials record and world-leading time of 19.53 seconds (0.5 m/s wind).

Lyles will be joined at the Paris Olympics by Kenny Bednarek and Erriyon Knighton in the 200m event. Bednarek finished second with a personal best of 19.59 seconds, while Knighton placed third in 19.77 seconds. The men’s 200m final showcased exceptional talent, with the top five competitors all finishing under 20 seconds.

Earlier, Lyles also clinched the 100m title last Sunday, matching his personal best with a time of 9.83 seconds.

Men's 200m Final Results | Wind +0.5

1Noah Lyles19.53 WL MR
2Kenny Bednarek19.59 PB
3Erriyon Knighton19.77 SB
4Christian Coleman19.89 SB
5Kyree King19.90 PB
6Courtney Lindsey20.00
7Robert Gregory20.56
8Jeremiah Curry20.57
9Jamarion Stubbs20.60

In the women's 200m final, Gabby Thomas emerged victorious with a remarkable time of 21.81 seconds. She was followed closely by Brittany Brown and McKenzie Long, who recorded times of 21.90 and 21.91 seconds, respectively.

Sha'Carri Richardson, the current world 100m champion, finished fourth in a surprising turn of events, missing out on a spot in the U.S. women's 200m team for the Paris Olympics. Nevertheless, Richardson will represent the U.S. in the 100m and the 4x100m relay events in Paris.

Women's 200m Final Results | wind +0.6

1Gabby Thomas21.81
2Brittany Brown21.90 PB
3McKenzie Long21.91
4Sha'Carri Richardson22.16
5Tamara Clark22.20
6Abby Steiner22.24
7Jenna Prandini22.58
8Jadyn Mays22.60
DNSTamari Davis 

Weini Kelati, the sole athlete in the women's 10,000m field holding the Olympic qualifying standard, clinched victory with a time of 31:41.07. In a dramatic finish, Parker Valby narrowly edged out Karissa Schweizer for the silver, as both crossed the finish line in 31:41.56, with Valby securing second place by a mere four-thousandths of a second.

In the women's long jump final, world silver medalist Tara Davis-Woodhall overcame early setbacks, fouling on her first two attempts. She managed a valid jump on her third attempt, allowing her to continue in the competition. She then took the lead with a wind-assisted leap of 7.00m (2.6m/s) in the fifth round, which secured her the victory. Jasmine Moore closely followed with a jump of 6.98m.

Monae’ Nichols claimed the third spot with her final attempt, reaching 6.86m—the exact distance needed to meet the Olympic qualifying standard and ensuring her participation in Paris.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone clocked 52.48 second world-lead in the 400m hurdles semifinals on Saturday.

The US Olympic Trials will wrap up on Sunday, featuring 11 event finals.

U.S. track and field trials results.

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