A number of World Champions from the 2019 World Championships in Doha are reportedly being lined up for the Jamaica International Invitational set for May 2, 2020.

If dreams come true, United States sprinter Noah Lyles could be the new 100m world record holder before even setting foot in the Tokyo Olympics final.

The 22-year-old American sprinter has been one of a handful of prominent stars to emerge from the pack as up and coming athletes chase the legacy of Jamaica sprint king Usain Bolt.  Despite being universally acknowledged as a tremendous talent and winning his first major title earlier this year, which was the 200m at the Doha World Championships, for now, Lyles remains firmly in the Jamaican's big shadow.

In addition to boasting eight Olympics and 11 World Championship gold medals, it is Bolt who still holds the records for the fastest times ever clocked over both the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).  The American has already at least broken one of Bolt’s records in pursuit.  Earlier this year, the young sprinter broke Bolt’s meet record at the Paris Diamond League.  Lyles clocked 19.65, eclipsing the Jamaican's previous time of 19.73.  With the Olympics on the horizon, the American has much bigger hopes, well bigger dreams in any case.

“I’m very excited for Tokyo. Japan is one of my favourite countries outside the US. I’ve got big plans,” Lyles told Olympic.org.

“I’ve got a dream that I ran 9.41 in the semis at the Olympics,” he added.

The athlete must, of course, secure himself a spot on the United States national team before having a chance to chase his dream.

 

Retired Jamaica sprint superstar Usain Bolt has insisted he was never worried about rising United States track star Noah Lyles eclipsing his 200m world record at the Doha World Championships.

The 22-year-old American had a stellar season, even breaking Bolt’s meet record at the Paris Diamond League meet.  On the back of several strong performances to claim the US 200m national title, including an effortless win at the US national trials, speculation grew that Lyles would go after the world’s best mark of 19.19 set in 2009.

In the end, Lyles was triumphant and claimed the 200m title in 19.83, while more than good enough for gold, the time was slower than some expected.

“I knew he wasn’t going to get it. It’s not easy. A lot of people see it and feel like you show up and you just run fast,” Bolt told NBC Sports Olympic Talk.

“For me, throughout the season, I figured out what I needed to do. I didn’t run races because I wanted to run fast. I ran races to figure out how I needed to run the corner, my technique I needed to fix. If you followed me through my career, I didn’t run a lot throughout the season. I trained. I ran and competed, figured out what I needed to improve, then did that [repeated that process] over again. That’s what I did to perfect my race [for the championships].”

 

Rising United States sprinting talent Noah Lyles has admitted legendary Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt was right to question his championship mettle but hopes to silence all doubters at the upcoming IAAF World Championships.

The 22-year-old Lyles has recently featured prominently among the handful of names labeled as potentially next in line to inherit the throne vacated by the big Jamaican.

 To add fuel to the fire, Lyles recently clocked an impressive 19.50, the fourth-fastest time in the event’s history, in Lausanne, Switzerland last month.  While admitting that Lyles was unquestionably a huge talent, Bolt insisted he was waiting to see such performances replicated on the big stage.

“Yeah, I’ve seen him run, I’ve seen him compete,” Bolt told the New York Times.

“Last season he was doing a lot of good things, this season he has started off good. But as I said, it all comes down to the championship. Is he confident to come into a race after running three races and show up? For me, he has shown that he has talent, but when the championship comes, we will see what happens,” he added.

Lyles is yet to compete at a major championship and is also a threat over 100m but dropped the event from his schedule at the United States national championship to ensure full focus on the 200m.

“Sounds about right to me, sounds like my thoughts exactly,” Lyles said when shown the Bolt’s comments.

“It’s why I decided to run one event this year.”

Three-time world 100-metre champion showed Friday that running her first 10.7-time in four years last month was no fluke when she powered to a 10.74s clocking at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Noah Lyles became the fourth fastest man in history with a 19.50-second run over 200m.

Left in Fraser-Pryce's wake was Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith (10.91) and Marie Josee Ta Lou (10.93), proving they were no match for the Jamaican who clocked 10.73s for a second place finish at Jamaica’s National Championships on June 21.

“I came to Lausanne in a very happy state of mind despite a poor performance in Stanford (where she was seventh in 11.39s). I am delighted with 10.74 today. Such ups and downs make sure that you do not take anything for granted and do not get complacent,” she said. 

“It is a long season this year. I am feeling great. Let’s see how the season progresses, I will happily embrace anything that the season will throw at me. I am going to enjoy and do my best.”

Also on the podium in Lausanne was Stephenie-Ann McPherson who was third in a season-best 50.88s in a blistering 400m won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Nasser won set a new meet record and season-best time of 49.17, just holding off an emerging Aminatou Seyni of Niger who set a new national record and personal best 49.19s.

Ronald Levy was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.25, beaten by the USA’s Daniel Roberts, the NCAA silver medallist who clocked 13.11 and Spain’s Orlando Ortega who had a season-best 13.05s for the win.

There was a fourth-place finish for Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles won by the USA’s Shamier Little in a season-best 53.73s, a season-best time for the American who is sharpening up for the US National Championships later this month.

Russell’s 55.13 was also a season best.

Zuzana Hejnova also set a season-best 54.11 for second place while the USA’s Ashley Spencer as third in the same time, which was also her season’s best.

Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas was third in the 200m in a season-best 22.81. Jodie Williams of Great Britain also ran a season-best time of 22.75 in the race won by the USA’s Gabrielle Thomas whose 22.69s was also a season-best.

Shanieka Ricketts has been consistently over 14.50 in the triple jump this season and was again on Friday. However, her 14.65m, her third-best mark for the season was unable to get her onto the podium as she finished fourth.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea claimed third with her personal best jump of 14.77 while Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the world leader was second with 14.82. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the gold medal with her season-best mark of 14.89m.

Tajay Gayle’s jumped 8.13m for fourth in the long jump won by Cuban prodigy Juan Miguel Echevarria with 8.32m. Greek Militiadis Tentoglou was second with 8.19m while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga was third with 8.13m

 

 

 

 

Jamaica’s Tyquendo Tracey, despite running a season’s best 10.18, was no match for the 100-metre field at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday. 

Team Americas closed out day one of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 in fine style with a slick display of baton exchanges to seal an easy win in the men’s 4x100m relay. 

The United States Noah Lyles and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake are the men trying to halt the rise of Africa over the 100 metres when the two regions meet at the IAAF Continental Cup on Saturday. 

American sprint sensation Noah Lyles is being seen as the new face of track and field following the retirement of Usain Bolt, the man who has carried the sport for the last decade.

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