Noah Lyles Eyes Breaking Usain Bolt’s World Records at 2024 Paris Olympic Games

Noah Lyles Eyes Breaking Usain Bolt’s World Records at 2024 Paris Olympic Games

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at March 22, 2024 at 7:47 AM
  • Noah Lyles is looking to break some long-standing world records this year
  • The world champion is contesting four events at the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • He has also vowed to surpass Usain Bolt to become the fastest man ever

Noah Lyles is preparing for arguably the biggest year of his track career.

The American sprinter is aiming to win his first Olympic gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games.

Apart from winning gold in Paris, the world champion has set his sights on Usain Bolt's world records.

Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles, World athletics, Olympics, Yohan Blake, letsile Tebogo
Noah Lyles is eyeing Usain Bolt's long-standing world records. Photos by Ian MacNicol and Sam Mellish.
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Bolt's 100m and 200m world records have stood since 2009, and no athletes - including Lyles - have come close to breaking them.

The Jamaican icon ran 100m in 9.58 seconds and 200m in 19.19 seconds at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Lyles clocked 9.83 seconds to win the 100m world title at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. He also won the 200m title in Budapest.

His best effort was in 2022 at the World Championships in Oregon. The sprinter clocked 19.31 seconds in the 200m to become the third fastest man in the distance.

Yohan Blake's 19.26 seconds in the 200m will likely be the American's achievable target in Paris. Since Blake clocked 9.69 seconds in the 100m in 2012 in Lausanne, no sprinter has run under 9.70 seconds.

Lyles will need a monumental effort to break Bolt's world records.

Lyes on Bolt's record

Lyles is looking to run in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and 4x400m relay. He feels he is going to surpass Bolt and become the fastest man ever.

"[Usain Bolt] was the fastest man ever to do it…and soon, it’ll be me," he said via Essentially Sports.

The American will face tough competition in the 100m and 200m races. Earlier this month, he was beaten by compatriot, Christian Coleman, in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

Fred Kerley, Oblique Seville, Ferdinand Omanyala, Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, and Letsile Tebogo are also in the mix.

In the 200m, he will be challenged by youngsters Tebogo and Erriyon Knighton.

Bolt's message to Lyles

Sports Brief earlier reported on Bolt sending a message to Lyles after the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Shortly after the event ended, the Jamaican icon shared a message on his Instagram, reading, 'Still the Bolt era'.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.