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Lyles wins 200m in world lead, setting up Paris Olympic double bid

Noah Lyles secured victory in the men’s 200 meters at the US Olympic trials with a time of 19.53 seconds, the fastest of the year, ensuring his pursuit of the Olympic sprint double in Paris. Kenny Bednarek made a strong early effort and appeared poised for an upset until Lyles, a double world champion, surged ahead in a thrilling finish. Lyles finished 0.06 seconds ahead of Bednarek, with Erriyon Knighton taking third place in 19.77 seconds.

Reflecting on their prospects for the Paris Games, Lyles declared that he and his compatriots would provide formidable competition on the international stage, emphasizing the strength of the USA team.

In the women’s events, Gabby Thomas dominated the 200 meters with a time of 21.81 seconds, the second-fastest of the year. Her performance left no doubt about her securing the US title, as she pulled ahead on the final turn. Sha’Carri Richardson, aiming for an Olympic double after winning the 100 meters earlier, finished fourth as Brittany Brown (21.90) and McKenzie Long (21.91) claimed the remaining podium spots.

Elsewhere in the trials, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone set a new world-leading time of 52.48 seconds in the 400 meters hurdles, advancing comfortably to the final. Alaysha Johnson led the way in the 100 meters hurdles semi-finals with a time of 12.36 seconds, joined by Keni Harrison (12.52) and Nia Ali (12.55) in advancing to the next round.

In field events, Tara Davis-Woodhall overcame early struggles in the long jump to secure victory with a jump of 7.00 meters, ahead of Jasmine Moore (6.98) and Monae’ Nichols (6.86). Chase Jackson triumphed in the women’s shot put with a throw of 20.10 meters, followed by Raven Saunders (19.90) and Jaida Ross (19.60). Andrew Evans claimed victory in the men’s discus with a best throw of 66.61 meters, with Sam Mattis (66.07) and Joseph Brown (65.79) rounding out the podium.

Weini Kelati won the women’s 10,000 meters in 31:41.07, with Parker Valby finishing second (31:41.56) and Karissa Schweizer third.

The US Olympic track and field trials will conclude on Sunday.

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