World Champion Noah Lyles Opens Up on What Usain Bolt Told Him During Their Embrace

World Champion Noah Lyles Opens Up on What Usain Bolt Told Him During Their Embrace

Martin Moses
June 6, 2023 at 10:41 AM
  • Noah Lyles has revelled in his encounter with Usain Bolt during an athletics meet in Kingston
  • Bolt was among the people to congratulate the World Champion after he set a world lead time
  • The Jamaican legend said he is in talks with World Athletics to return to the sport in a new role

Noah Lyles has shed light on his conversation with Usain Bolt when the two met during the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica, over the weekend.

Lyles was among the athletes who headlined the event, storming to a world-leading time of 19.67 seconds.

It was a completely dominant performance from the American, who finished 0.47 seconds ahead of his closest challenger.

Noah Lyles, Atlanta City Games, Usain Bolt, Ferdinand Omanyala
Screengrabs of Usain Bolt congratulating Noah Lyles during the Racers Grand Prix. Credit: @JamaicaObserver
Source: UGC

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.

"This moment felt really special! Usain Bolt told me to keep bringing my personality to the sport, and I told him. I GOT HIM!!"

Lyles has often made headlines away from the track with his strong sense of fashion and his banter and strong opinions on Twitter.

Personality in world-beating stars is often considered a huge plus in professional athletes.

Bolt hopeful of athletics return

This comes at a time when the legend is considering returning to track and field. Sports Brief reported on the Jamaican saying he is hopeful of making a return six years after retiring.

Bolt wants to return to athletics to play a role other than being an active athlete, claiming the sport has undergone something of a decline since he called it quits around six years earlier.

By the time he was retiring in 2017, Bolt had won 8 Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles, also being the world record holder in the 100-metres, 200-metres, and 4 by 100m relay.

The 36-year-old believes charisma and enthusiasm have been sucked out of the sport since he left - and is certain he can revive the discipline with his active influence on the sidelines.

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