Usain Bolt Warmly Embraces Noah Lyles After He Sets New World Lead in 200 Metres, Video

Usain Bolt Warmly Embraces Noah Lyles After He Sets New World Lead in 200 Metres, Video

Martin Moses
updated at June 6, 2023 at 4:14 PM
  • Noah Lyles set a new World Lead in the 200-metres with his run in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Lyles received a warm congratulatory hug from the greatest sprinter ever, Usain Bolt
  • Shericka Jackson won the 100-metre women's race in a quick time of 10.78 seconds

Noah Lyles obliterated his fellow competitors to set a new World Lead time this season in the 200-metres race at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3 in Kingston, Jamaica.

The World Champion clocked 19.67 seconds, finishing way ahead of Zharnel Hughes, who came in at 20.14 seconds. Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer came in third with 20.53 seconds.

Noah Lyles, Atlanta City Games, Usain Bolt, Ferdinand Omanyala
Noah Lyles reacts after winning a past event in February, 2023. Photo by Erica Denhoff.
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Lyles, whose top-end speed has often been devastating, featured in his second 200-metre event this season as he seeks to defend his title at the World Athletics Championships later this year.

Among the fans in Kingston was the legendary Usain Bolt, who stood up to shake and embrace the World Champion. Bolt is the world record holder, having run 19.19 seconds in the race in 2009.

Who is Noah Lyles?

Lyles is one of the best sprinters of the modern-day era, as Sports Brief previously reported. He is a two-time world champion in the 200 metres race, having won Gold in Doha in 2019 before defending it last year. He was also part of America's 4 x 100m relay team that won Gold in Doha 2019. They had to settle for Silver in Eugene last year.

He is also an Olympic bronze medallist, having finished behind Andre De Grasse and Kenny Bednarek in Tokyo. The 25-year-old has always been bullish and confident in his press conferences.

Racers Grand Prix

The Grand Prix offered lots of huge performances, with Women's 200-metre World Champion, Shericka Jackson dropping 10.78 seconds in the 100-metre. The time is just 0.02 seconds shy of the world lead set by Sha'Carri Richardson at the Doha Diamond League at the start of last month.

Former World Champion, Cristian Coleman won the men's race with 10.08 seconds. 100-metre women's world record holder, Tobi Amusan set a new season best with a time of 12.57 seconds.

What Usain Bolt said to Noah Lyles

Sports Brief has also reported that Lyles has shed light on his conversation with Usain Bolt when the two met.

So good was his performance that Bolt, who was among the fans at the National Stadium, stood up and shared a warm embrace with the 200-metre World Champion.

The 25-year-old has now revealed the intricacies of his conversation with the sprint legend. Lyles has often made headlines away from the track with his strong sense of fashion and his banter and his strong opinions on Twitter.

Will Bolt's record ever be broken?

Usain Bolt remains the best-ever sprinter the world has ever seen. As Sports Brief earlier reported, his entries to the short races at the 2004 Athens Olympics Olympics and 2005 Helsinki Championships were marred by injuries, but he soon asserted himself and showed his mettle.

Bolt first set a new world record in the 100-metre race on May 31, 2008, at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, where he clocked 9.72 seconds, before shattering this record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a time of 9.69 seconds and then lowering it a year later to 9.58 seconds at the Berlin Championships.

To date, no one has come close to running a time of 9.5 seconds, not even Bolt himself.

This begs the question, was the run in Germany a fluke? Was it a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence? Will anyone ever break that record or will it stand the test of time?

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)