Noah Lyles bullish despite World Indoor Championship loss to bitter rival Christian Coleman

US sprinter Noah Lyles at the 2024 World Indoor championships. Photo: Imago

ATHLETICS Noah Lyles bullish despite World Indoor Championship loss to bitter rival Christian Coleman

Joel Omotto 12:05 - 02.03.2024

World 100m champion Noah Lyles has roared with confidence even after suffering a loss to bitter rival Christian Coleman in the 60m final at the 2024 World Indoor Championships.

World 100m champion Noah Lyles has described 2024 his best Indoor season despite failing to clinch gold at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.

Lyles played second fiddle to fellow American Christian Coleman in the final when he came home in 6.44 seconds to win silver with his compatriot claiming gold in a world leading time of 6.41 seconds.

It was a culmination of what had been a great rivalry between the two this year after Lyles came into the race with fastest time in 2024 after running the 60m dash in Boston in 6.43 seconds and at the US Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico which brought him within 0.1 seconds of Coleman's 2018 world record.

However, it was Coleman who had the last laugh in Glasgow after executing a tactical race to beat his bitter rival but Lyles remains bullish.

“World Indoor Silver Medalist. I’m officially a 60m runner now! Best Indoor season Yet,” showman Lyles posted on X.

It was a rare setback for Lyles as he seeks to further assert himself as the athlete to beat at the Paris Olympic Games, but his progress over the shorter distance will leave him full of confidence at the start of a potentially historic year.

"What a great indoor season, I have never been to an indoor World Championships - so it's great. It makes me so much more excited as this is the worst part of my race,” added Lyles, as per BBC.

"I am ready to go outdoor and take this new-found 60m ability and put it to the 100m."

Meanwhile, Coleman was thrilled with his second World Indoor Championships, coming six years after his fist, also won on British soil in Birmingham.

"These opportunities don't come around often when you are feeling good and healthy," said Coleman, the 2019 world 100m champion.

"I am excited. It is 2024 and I am stepping into my prime mentally, physically and spiritually. I am going to have to be on my A-game and I feel confident I will be there [at the Olympics]."

With the season just beginning, the two will now take their rivalry outdoor, more so in the 100m, where Lyles will be looking to win his first Olympic gold in Paris.

Additional information from the BBC.

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