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Noah Lyles broke Michael Johnson’s record and repeated his world title in the 200th year.

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Noah Lyles still owns the men’s 200m.

Lyles broke Michael Johnson’s national record on Thursday night, became world champion again and led the second U.S. sprint in six days at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Lyles, 25, crossed the line in 19.31, beating his previous personal best of 19.50 and surpassing Johnson’s record set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics by one hundredth of a second.

Then, to celebrate, Lyles was met at the track by Johnson, who took the new record holder by surprise. The men met in person for the first time. But no, Johnson didn’t give Liles his famous golden spikes.

“I can’t take them,” exclaimed Lyles, an adidas-sponsored athlete, “it’s Nike!”

Carcass.

Kenny Bednarek, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, finished second with a score of 19.77, while 18-year-old Herrion Knighton (19.80) was behind him in bronze.

It was the second fastest time for the American men in the sprint, as Fred Curley, Marvin Bracey and Trayvon Bromell also went 1-2-3 in the 100m.

This is the first time the Americans have won both tournaments at the same World Cup and only the second time the US has won the 200. Another time was in 2005 in Helsinki.


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