American Noah Lyles was denied a new 200 metres world record in the Inspiration Games after it was revealed he ran only 185m.
For a brief moment, it certainly looked like American sprinter Lyles had made history at the 2020 Inspiration Games. His time in the 200 meter race was 18.90 seconds, a full 0.21 seconds faster than the world record that sprinting legend Usain Bolt set at the World Championships in 2009, where he’d surpassed his own previous world record set in 2008 by 0.11 seconds.
But even before the truth fully came out, the result looked too good to be true for Lyles. Broadcaster Steve Cram, who set a few records himself in the 1980s, was heard incredulously saying, “That cannot be right! That cannot be right!” after it went down.
The 22-year-old’s time of 18.90 seconds would have usurped the 19.19-second mark set by Jamaican great Usain Bolt in 2009.
Lyles set the time racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe. Given his personal best is 19.50, the time was immediately challenged.
World champion Lyles later tweeted: “You can’t be playing with my emotions like this….Got me in the wrong lane smh.”
It was interesting due to Covid Restrictions races were confined to single athletes. Running on different tracks around the world.
There were only 3 men in the Men’s Pole Vault. With Sam Kendricks (USA) winning with a 5.81m jump.
Sandi Morris (USA) won the Womens Pole Vault in 4.66m from Angela Bengston (SWE) 4.46m. Again only 3 entries.
In Triple Jump Pedro Pichardo (POR) beat the Great Christian Taylor (USA) 17.40m to 17.27m.
Alyson Felix (USA) won the 150m in 16.81. From Shaunae Miller (BAH) 17.15.
Andre De Grasse of Canada took the 100 Yards in 9.30 into a very strong -3.4 head wind to beat French Man JimmyVicaut 9.43.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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