American sprint icon reveals how Noah Lyles' start to the season has defied the trends

American sprint icon reveals how Noah Lyles' start to the season has defied the trends

Mark Kinyanjui 19:37 - 27.05.2024

While the likes of Christian Coleman and Fred Kerley have gone through early outdoor season blues, Lyles has started on fire, and the American sprint legend has given the reasons.

Former American sprinter Justin Gatlin has revealed the one thing about Noah Lyles’ running this season that has taken him by surprise.

Noah Lyles has been a standout performer this year, showcasing his remarkable speed and athleticism.

His season highlights include leading Team USA to gold at the World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas and setting an American record in the 150m at the Atlanta Games a few weeks later.

 With the Olympic Games in Paris just around the corner, Lyles is a favourite, especially in the 200m, where he has secured back-to-back world titles over the past two seasons.

In a recent episode of his "Ready Set Go" podcast, Gatlin expressed his amazement at Lyles' ability to maintain such high-speed performance early in the season, particularly as many of his peers and rivals have struggled to find their form.

"I was surprised he was capable of running fast this early," Gatlin admitted. "Team USA held the lead in the Bahamas for the World Relays, and he didn't have to give it his all, but now we are clearly seeing what his all-in efforts look like.

"It's giving us signs that he is on course to run some very fast 200s this season already."

Gatlin further elaborated on Lyles' potential to break records, including Usain Bolt's legendary 200m mark.

 He believes Lyles' current trajectory positions him well to achieve his long-term goals.

"That is his marquee event and something you cannot really stray away from," Gatlin noted. "I am glad that he is still keeping that strength and speed base for his 200s. 

"It is only going to pour into his 100s even more, so clearly, he is on the mark for what he needs to do."

Lyles' focus and preparation for the Olympics have not gone unnoticed. His consistent performance and dedication have positioned him as a leading contender, with many in the athletics community watching his progress closely.

As the season progresses and the Paris Olympics approach, the anticipation is builds around what Noah Lyles will achieve. 

His exceptional form and the surprise element of his early-season speed have set the stage for potentially historic performances.

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