Noah Lyles claimed that he is the American 200m king by driving down the 18 year old phenomenon Erriyon Knighton at the United States Athletics Championships.
Reigning world champion Lyles won in 19.67 seconds, celebrating moments before the finish line two hundredths ahead of Knighton, who sharpened in the final meters. Lyles looked at Knighton’s track (and scoreboard), smiled and pointed.
“I saw him now at his top speed, and I said mine is faster,” Lyles said Lewis Johnson on NBC while standing next to Knighton at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Knighton, who also qualified for the World Cup in three weeks, also in Eugene, then said: “The job is not done. It’s never done, ”and went out of the joint interview which also included third place Fred Kerley.
Later Sunday, Lyles clarified that the celebration was not intended to appear Knighton.
“It was for everyone who keeps counting me out just because a new player has entered the ring,” he wrote on social media. “Erriyon is an incredible talent, and he has proven it. But that does not mean I should just lie down and die!”
Earlier this season, Knighton clocked 19.49 to become the fourth fastest man in history, replacing 24-year-old Lyles, whose personal record is 19.50.
USATF OUTDOORS: Results
Sha’Carri Richardson missed the world championship. After a shock elimination of 100 meters first round on Thursday, she was eliminated in the semifinals of 200 meters on Sunday.
NCAA Master Abby Steiner won the women’s 200m final in 21.77 seconds, improving her fastest time in the world this year. Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas was eighth, missed the team, and said she was told she had a grade two hoarding tear two weeks ago.
Daniel Roberts took the 110m hurdles on 13.03 after reigning world champion Grant Holloway scraped out of the final, his world place already secured. Devon Allenwhich two weeks ago ran the third fastest time in history (12.84), finished third to finish last on the world team with three thousandths of a second.
Chase Ealey won the shot put with the second best throw in American history – 20.51 meters. American record holder Michelle Carterwho in 2016 became the first American champion in shot put in the Olympics for women, finished in eighth place in his last national before retirement. Raven SaundersTokyo Olympic silver medalist, missed the team by one place.
As expected, Olympic champion Athing Mu topped 800m. Ajeé Wilson did almost the unexpected, returning seven hundredths to give Mu her first 800-meter defeat since 2019. Raevyn Rogers took the last world place while the Olympic team repeats.
Emma Coburn won an eighth national title in a row in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and extended the longest active streak anyway, and number 10 overall.
Coburn, who won a medal in all colors among the Olympics in 2016 and 2017 and 2019, will once again be a member of the national team Courtney Frerichs, who took silver in Tokyo. Frerichs, who finished second nationally in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, fell to third place behind Courtney Wayment.
Olympic silver medalist Rai Benjamin took the 400m hurdles in 47.08 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. He may be on his way to a new showdown with the world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway in the world, even though Warholm suffered a hoarding injury in his lonely race this year 5 June.
Clayton Murphythe Olympic 800 meter bronze medal winner in 2016, missed the world team by four hundredths to a dive Brandon Miller. Olympian Bryce Hoppel won 800m, followed by Jonas Koech and Miller, who is going to his first worlds. Donavan Brazier has a farewell to the team as reigning world champion.
Grant Fisher earned his first national title, taking the 5000m after finishing second in the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympic Trials. He is joined on the world team by his Olympic teammate Woody Kincaid and Abdihamid Nura growing junior in northern Arizona who was born in Somalia.
Paul Chelimosilver and bronze medal winner at the last two Olympics, became number 11 and misses his first global championship since 2015.
Elise Cranny repeated as American 5000m champion. She has joined the team of Karissa Schweizerwho qualified for the 5000m and 10000m as she did last year, and Emily Infeldthe world 10,000 meter bronze medal winner in 2015 who made his first global championship team since 2017. The three were separated by 27 hundredths.
Shelby McEwen relegation Olympic teammate and favorite JuVaughn Harrison to second place in high jump.
The athletics season continues with a Diamond League stop in Stockholm on Thursday, live at Peacock.
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