Game recognises game: Noah Lyles wowed by performance of Jamaican rivals at Olympics trials

Noah Lyles

Game recognises game: Noah Lyles wowed by performance of Jamaican rivals at Olympics trials

Joel Omotto 10:37 - 30.06.2024

World 100m and 200m champion Noah Lyles is among those in awe of the impressive times his Jamaican track rivals are posting at the Olympics trials in Kingston.

World 100m champion Noah Lyles is in awe of his Jamaican rivals following the great times posted in the 100m final at the Jamaican Olympics trials on Friday.

Kishane Thompson set a world leading time of 9.77 seconds to win the 100m ahead of Oblique Seville, who clocked 9.82, while Ackeem Blake ran a time of 9.90 to complete Team Jamaica’s 100m line-up for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The good times have left many wondering if this is the year that Jamaica will reclaim the Olympics title last won by Usain Bolt at the 2016 Rio Games and among those expecting a tough test is Lyles, seen a favourite for both 100m and 200m crowns.

“Shout out to them boys running out there in Jamaica! y’all are really helping to make this a great Olympic championship,” Lyles posted on X on Saturday following the results.

The social media post comes a day after Lyles appeared to be unbothered by the impeding competition following Thompson’s 9.82 in the first round on Thursday, which was better than what he managed in the 100m final at the US trials.

"I want to see what they do, I am trying to see something,” Lyles said of the Jamaican Olympics trials before adding: “Alright nice...Let's hope he stays healthy,” when told what Thompson managed.

Lyles timed 9.83 to win the final of the 100m at the US trials ahead of Kenny Bednarek and Fred Kerley as the three booked their Olympics ticket.

The 26-year-old had, however, managed a season’s best 9.80 in the semi-final which sets the stage for a great battle at the Olympics.

Lyles also sealed his Olympics ticket in the 200m as he bids to clinch his first gold medals at the Games following a bronze over the distance in Tokyo.

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