Another Jamaican track legend backs Noah Lyles to break Usain Bolt's 200m world record

ATHLETICS Another Jamaican track legend backs Noah Lyles to break Usain Bolt's 200m world record

Abigael Wafula 09:07 - 25.03.2024

Another Jamaican sprint icon believes Noah Lyles can break Usain Bolt's 200m world record citing reasons why and how Lyles can achieve the feat.

Jamaican sprint legend Asafa Powell believes Noah Lyles has all it takes to break Usain Bolt’s 200m world record which currently stands at 19.19 seconds.

Bolt set the world record during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and Powell believes that at the time and in the right conditions, Lyles will certainly shatter that record.

The American is the third fastest over the distance, behind Bolt and Yohan Blake and he has openly expressed interest in shattering that record.

Speaking to Citius Mag, an American outlet, the 2016 Olympic champion noted that, however, the 100m world record of 9.58 would be difficult to shatter and it will certainly stay longer.

“The only record I see a possibility of being broken is the 200m because I think Usain could have run faster at the time. The 100m I think that’s it and I think it’s going to be there for a long time and we just have to wait and see but I don’t see anyone breaking that record.

“For the 200m, I’ve seen Noah Lyles challenging so you just have to watch and see. I think he has the right mindset; right work ethic and it will just be about the right timing and condition and I think he can challenge it,” Powell said.

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The multiple world champion is also impressed by the rise of sprinters like Letsile Tebogo, and Christian Coleman and he insisted that the world gives Jamaicans time to grow and they will certainly be back.

He explained that when he and Bolt retired, it left a huge gap in the sport and the trill died down a bit but soon, things would go back to normal.

“The US has been consistently building athletes to perform at the top level and there’s always an American but with us, we had an error and we are on a low right now and we just have to give athletes time to grow.

“Letsile Tebogo and the other guys are really stepping up and the grass is greener with the likes of Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles for sure, and Fred Kerley.

“The sprinting is looking really good and we just have to be patient because after Usain Bolt and I stepped down, the excitement kind of died down a bit and then it builds up,” he said.

The Jamaican also expressed pride in having left a remarkable legacy and explained that to date, people still reach out to him for advice concerning how they can sharpen their running.

“I feel really good about my legacy knowing that I came in the sport and did something for myself and the sport. I see people saying I inspire them and they are trying to be like me, I love it,” he said.