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Lyles’ sizzling 200m wins him USATF Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS -- Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) became the second-fastest American ever in the 200m to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Lyles dominated the half-lap at the Lausanne Diamond League meet, clocking 19.50 to move him to fourth on the all-time world performers list behind Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Michael Johnson, and eighth on the performance list. Only Johnson’s then-world record 19.32 at the ‘96 Olympics is faster on the performance list by an American. Running in lane seven, Lyles won by .37 over a field that included reigning world and European champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Katie Nageotte — Nageotte set an outdoor personal best of 4.82m/15-9.75 to win the pole vault at the Lausanne DL meet.

Tonea Marshall — Marshall slashed her PR to 12.57 to win the 100m hurdles a the NACAC U23 Championships in Mexico. It is the third-fastest time in the nation in 2019.

Trevor Stewart — Stewart ran away with the men’s 400m gold at the NACAC U23 Championships, clocking 45.01 to beat U.S. teammate Wil London by .4 seconds.

Paul Chelimo — Chelimo ran the fastest outdoor 5,000m by an American this season with a 13:05.70 that placed him sixth at Lausanne.

Bernard Lagat — Lagat set an American masters 40+ record in the marathon with his 2:12:10 at the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles.


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