Noah Lyles aspires to be the king of speed, and he’s not satisfied with simply dominating the 200m, as he did last summer in Eugene, taking the world title and running in the third mark (19.31) in history. Not only does he want to take command of the 100m, the test that arouses all desire and attention. The 25-year-old boy from Gainesville will have to overcome many obstacles until he succeeds at the World Cup in Budapest next Sunday, August 20, starting with his home rivals, the Americans, and continuing with the debut of his own stud.
On a cloudy and windy afternoon this Sunday in Devonshire, Bermuda in the Caribbean, Lyles didn’t take long to react to the opening shot (0.154s), but was slow to get going. When he wants to feel it, Christian Coleman, who has jumped like a spring (0.154s), is more than five meters ahead of him. Lyles, who moves as fast as anyone else, retreats like a cougar pouncing on her prey, and has only a few meters to go before he wins, but he eludes her.
Christian Coleman (9.78s) prevailed, two hundredths less than Lyles (9.80s) and Jamaican Akeem Blake in 9.87s, but the year’s world leader would remain Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who a few days earlier ran the height of Nairobi in 9.84s, Because in the Caribbean it favors a wind of 4.4 meters per second, which is more than double what is allowed, and no explosive brand would be approved.
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Coleman, the 2019 100 m world champion, later admitted to skipping three anti-doping controls, thus leading 5–3 in his individual duel with Lyles in the 100 m. The Hectometer is his home ground, more than 60 meters in winter (4-0 for Coleman), as is Fred Kerley, who ran in the morning and won Yokohama, Japan, Sunday’s other Continental Tour event, lower Circuit Diamond League comps, clocking 9.88 seconds in the semifinals and 9.91 seconds in the final, affected by two previous zero starts.
Kerli, who won the 200m by less than 20 seconds in Doha, confirmed his prowess before racing against Italian Marcel Jacobs in the Diamond in Rabat the following Sunday (their announced duel in Florence on 2 June was brought forward), and Against Trayvon Bromell, followed by Kerley and Marvin Bracey for world bronze in Eugene, and Lyles, who will be the first to take one of the three spots in the United States for the July 6 to July 9 Eugene Trials in Budapest Will take
The wind ruins everything in Bermuda, and makes some marks as impressive as they are unrealistic, like Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s, for whom the fence looks like a toy because of how tall it is. , winning in 12.17 (+3.5m/s), which would be the second mark in 100m history. The odds were if it worked, with a two-tenths of an advantage over Jamaican Danielle Williams.
or American Abby Steiner (22.06 m and 3.1 m/s wind) and Jamal Britt (12.99 and 4 m/s) in the 110m. hurdles, or those of length, where Tara Davis triple jumps over seven meters (+7.11 m and +2.1 m/s) and Kneisha Burke reaches 7.04 m (+2.9 m/s), and the other four men over eight metres. Let’s cross, highlighting Bahamian Laquan Nairn (8.32m and +2.2m/s). Or of the triples, 17.45m (+3.1) by Will Claye and 16.82m (+3.5) by a Christian Taylor who finished fourth and still far from what he was, all airy jumps. The wind only hindered the fair (+2.0) when the women’s 100 m race, and Tamara Davis clocked 10.91 s to win.
If Americans rule in the Caribbean, the locals rule in Yokohama, with Shunsuke Izumiya dominating the 110 m hurdles, just one-hundredth of the Japanese record (10.07 seconds), Genki Dean javelin (82.03 m), and Chinese Wang Jianyin (8.26m) and German Maris Luzzolo (6.79m with a tailwind) length.