Noah Lyles Beaten in Jamaica by Oblique Seville at Racers Grand Prix, Omanyala Third

Noah Lyles Beaten in Jamaica by Oblique Seville at Racers Grand Prix, Omanyala Third

Edwin Kiplagat
June 2, 2024 at 8:37 AM
  • Oblique Seville dominated the men's 100m at the Racers Grand Prix to beat Noah Lyles, Ferdinand Omanyala and Zharnel Hughes
  • The young Jamaican led the race from start to finish, upsetting Lyles, the reigning world champion and Africa's fastest man, Omanyala
  • By destroying the strong field, he set a new personal best and world lead, a strong statement ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics

Jamaica's Oblique Seviile upset world champion Noah Lyles to win the men's 100m at the 2024 Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica.

The young sprinter set a personal best and a world lead to defeat the American, Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, and former European champion, Zharnel Hughes.

Oblique Seville, Ferdinand Omanyala, Noah Lyles, Racers Grand Prix, Zharnel Hughes, Jamaica
Oblique Seville defeated Noah Lyles and Ferdinand Omanyala on home soil. Photos by Christian Petersen and Tim Clayton/Corbis.
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The 23-year-old dominated the race from start to finish, overpowering Lyles, Omanyala and Hughes in front of a jam-packed National Stadium in Jamaica.

Seville clocked 9.82 seconds to win the race. Lyles finished second in 9.85 seconds, while Kenya's Omanyala took third in 10.02 seconds, per World Athletics. Hughes finished fifth in 10.09 seconds.

Seville's previous personal best was 9.86 seconds, and his win in his home country sent a strong message to the 100m field ahead of the 2024 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Lyles has won two 100m races this season, but it wasn't to be on Saturday evening. However, he is the man to beat in the 100m at the Olympics. He won three world titles at the World Athletics Championships last year and will be keen on getting his first Olympic medal later this year.

Omanyala's wait for the first win of the season continues. The Kenyan is coming off a second-place finish at the Eugene Diamond League at the Prefontaine Classic.

Coleman beats Lyles

Sports Brief earlier reported on Christian Coleman beating Lyles in the men's 60m at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The world record holder clocked a magnificent 6.41 seconds to beat compatriot Lyles and Kenya's Omanyala.

Lyles comments on Bolt's world records

Sports Brief earlier reported on Lyles promising to break Usain Bolt's world records soon.

The American promised to break one of Bolt's records in Budapest last year, but he fell short. Bolt's 100m and 200m world records have stood since 2009.

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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.