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Noah Lyles sets American record in 200 meters

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USA's Noah Lyles reacts as fans sing him happy birthday after his 200 meter heat during day four of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field Monday, July 18, 2022.Eug 071822 Worlds 04
Credit: Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA TODAY NETWORK

Noah Lyles sped through 200 meters in 19.31 seconds on Thursday night, surpassing the longstanding American record by legendary Michael Johnson by .01 second at the track and field world championships in Eugene, Ore.

Johnson set his memorable record by winning the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Lyles barely eclipsed the mark during a race in which he continued to pull away from the field until crossing the line.

The clock initially said 19.32 — which would have matched Johnson’s mark — before dipping to 19.31.

“I saw the time pop up and saw I tied Michael Johnson’s record. I was like, ‘Really, you’re going to do me like that?'” Lyles told reporters. “Then, that number changed from two to a one and my whole world changed.”

Lyles’ time is the third-fastest ever in the 200. Usain Bolt set the 200 record with a time of 19.19 seconds in 2009. Another Jamaican, Yohan Blake, is second with a 19.26 in 2011.

Lyles, who turned 25 on Monday, won the bronze medal in the 200 at the Tokyo Olympics.

–Field Level Media