Usain Bolt beware! Noah Lyles comes up with formula to break Jamaican legend's 200m record in 2024

Noah Lyles has sent Usain Bolt a stiff warning with regards to his 200m world record

ATHLETICS Usain Bolt beware! Noah Lyles comes up with formula to break Jamaican legend's 200m record in 2024

Mark Kinyanjui 07:00 - 05.03.2024

Lyles has set himself an ambitious target in the 200m race this season, and another even eye-brow-raising one in the 100m this season after clinching silver at the Glasgow Indoor Games.

Noah Lyles has revealed his target for the outdoor season after clinching silver at the ongoing Glasgow World Indoor Championships 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 the 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.

Lyles has now defended his running technique at the event, saying it will only help him achieve both his targets of running the 100m with a time of 9.60 and smashing Usain Bolt’s 200m record of 19.19 that he set in 2009.

“It’s so funny because a lot of people will say like ‘Oh! He didn’t have a great start!’,” Lyles told Citius Mag.

“You can’t see that this start that I had that might not look as fast is technically more sound and sets up for a better race down the line.

“So while everyone is standing up, I’m still driving, when everyone is reaching top speed, I’m still accelerating, while everyone is dying, I am still in my topping speed.

“There is a plan to it, and it’s gotten better and now at the point where I can do it and run 6.4 so, the sky is the limit!”

Lyles has done his calculations and concluded that running the 200m with a time of 19.10 is a realistic ambition given his running technique at the 60m.

"I was looking at Total Runner Productions and he was doing some pretty good math and it’s funny because I was doing my own math too and we arrived at the same number, 19.10, so 19.10 is the number.”

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