Noah Lyles Sets New World Lead, Beats Fred Kerley at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

Noah Lyles Sets New World Lead, Beats Fred Kerley at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Noah Lyles set a new world lead in the men's 60m at the NB Indoor Grand Prix
  • He surpassed Fred Kerley, Ackeem Blake, and others, to record a statement win
  • Lyles is eyeing out another sweep at the indoor championships and Paris Olympics

Noah Lyles began his 2024 season on a high, racing to a new world lead in the 60 metres at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston.

The triple-world champion from Budapest last year beat a star-studded field to send out an early statement of intent ahead of the World Indoor Championships next month and the Paris Olympics in July.

Nah Lyles, Fred Kerley, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, World Indoor Championships
Noah Lyles celebrates after winning a past race. Photo by Patrick Smith.
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He crossed the line in an amazing time of 6.44 seconds, which is also the fastest time he has ever run over the distance.

Jamaica's Ackeem Blake was second with 6.45 seconds, with Ronnie Baker clocking 6.54 seconds to round off the podium places.

Former 100m world champion, Fred Kerley was fourth with 6.55 seconds, while Lyles' brother, Josephus finished in eighth position.

"I didn’t know I was in that good shape. World lead, meet record. Now let’s go out there and get a world indoor medal in Glasgow," said Lyles after the race, as quoted by the Guardian.

Lyles' previous personal best time in the 60m was 6.51 seconds, which he also set last year in Boston.

According to World Athletics figures, 2022 Diamond League champion, Christian Coleman is the reigning world record holder in the distance with an astonishing time of 6.34 seconds, which he set in 2018 in Albuquerque.

Omanyala wins first race of the season

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Ferdinand Omanyala began his season positively by winning the 60m race at the Meeting Miramas Metropole in France.

He lowered his national record to 6.52 seconds to beat Emmanuel-Alobwede Eseme from Cameroon, who finished in second place in a time of 6.61 seconds.

Omanyala's time at the French event was also a meeting record as the Kenyan ramps up his preparations to be ready for the World Indoor Championships.

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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)