Kenny Bednarek reveals why he enjoys racing in Doha after breaking Noah Lyles' record

Kenny Bednarek reveals why he enjoys racing in Doha after breaking Noah Lyles' record

Mark Kinyanjui 20:31 - 11.05.2024

Kenny Bednarek has revealed the real reason he enjoys racing in Doha after setting a world-leading 200m time.

American Olympic silver medalist Kenny Bednarek has revealed why he will be taking part in the Doha Grand Prix every year after winning the 200m on Friday night.

Fresh off winning a 4x100-meter gold medal at World Relays last weekend in the Bahamas, he dominated in the Qatari capital in a winning and personal-best time of 19.67 seconds on Friday at a Diamond League meet.

The 2021 Olympic silver medallist now boasts a season world-leading time and also took down the 19.83 meet record held by fellow American Noah Lyles since 2018.

Courtney Lindsey, the 2023 NCAA silver medallist in the 200, held the previous world lead of 19.71 in Nairobi. He finished second on Friday in 20.01, followed by Kyree King in 20.21, who ran 20.11 on April 20 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

Bednarek has enjoyed a good spell in Doha any time he has competed there, and he has now revealed the real reasons he enjoys taking part in the meet.

“I always love coming out here cause the weather is nice. I know every single time I step on the track, it is going to be fast,” Bednarek told the media after his victory.

“I just love the atmosphere, the people, and the food. I love coming to Qatar, so I will be here every single year.”

On a clear, windy, and warm night night (30° C), Bednarek said he was confident of running a world-leading time if the weather cooperated.

"I knew I was in good shape because my teammates would push me at practice," said Bednarek, who wore a headband with the words "Fear no one" during the race. "Running this fast, this early is really good [and] means I will be fast by the time we start the [Paris] Olympics [in August].”

The 25-year-old has now revealed his targets for the rest of the season as he gears up for the Olympics.

“Just to keep being faster every time I step on the track and the goal is to get a few medals,” Bednarek said.

“This is what I was thinking. I am there now, I just had to put it on the track. My last 200 was a month ago. I was looking at my teammates have all the fun so I said I had to get back into the 200 and get that world lead. Right on point where I want to be.”

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