Noah Lyles mocked by his rival Kenny Bednarek after the world champion’s vain promise and failed attempt
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Noah Lyles mocked by his rival Kenny Bednarek after the world champion’s vain promise and failed attempt

Six-time world champion Noah Lyles recently assured his supporters that he would surpass the world record in the 200 meters. With an air of ambition, the 26-year-old declared he would surpass rival Kenny Bednarek at the New York Grand Prix. However, Lyles’ recent attempt to keep his promise did not go as planned, drawing ridicule from his rivals.

Kenny Bednarek’s exceptional performance at the Doha Diamond League had stoked Lyles’ competitive fire. Bednarek set a personal best and a world lead in the 200 meters with a time of 19.67 seconds. Afterward, Lyles made a bold claim about X, writing: “Thanks to @kenny_bednarek for this world lead of 19.6 which was impressive! I’ll let you keep it until June 9th. But things took a different turn.

However, Lyles faced difficult circumstances at the New York Grand Prix. Strong headwinds and problems with the starting blocks hampered the event. Despite these difficulties, Lyles finished the race in 19.77 seconds, far short of his goal of overtaking Bednarek in the world rankings. The response to Lyles’ performance on the X was quick and sharp. The X account “Track Spice” shared his thoughts on Lyles and Bednarek as well as the words, “The Silent Killer Kenny.” However, with just one emoji “👀,” Kenny Bednarek responded, displaying his competitive and wary attitude.

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Remember when expectations were high for the 2022 World Athletics Championships after Team USA had a good Olympic year? Before this spectacular race, Noah Lyles and Kenny Bednarek competed against each other at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships. Lyles won this exciting race with a split time of 19.67 seconds, putting Bednarek in fourth place. Besides, did you know that? There was a time when Noah Lyles and Kenny Bednarek met where records since 1996 were broken.

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At the Eugène World Athletics Championships, the battle continued. Both competitors qualified for the final and shared the same semi-final grid. The final race was simply incredible. Michael Johnson’s long-standing American record was destroyed by Lyles with an incredible performance of 19.31 seconds. Although he came in second, Bednarek’s time of 19.77 seconds was much slower than Lyles’. However, breaking such landmark marks has anchored fans’ hopes and expectations for Noah Lyles. Viewers are excited to see such athletes at the 2024 Olympics in pairs.

Noah Lyles’ record statements before the 2024 Paris Olympics

Just 45 days before the Paris Olympics, Noah Lyles is focusing on an even bigger challenge: breaking the iconic records held by Usain Bolt. Openly stating that he intends to break Bolt’s world records in the 100 and 200 meters, Lyles said: “I know I’m going to break it.” Additionally, the 26-year-old believes: “World records are made to be broken.” Fueling up with confidence and enjoying the route ahead, Lyles said: “It’s just another goal to check a box off the list, and it’s always fun to aim for the top.”

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As an 8-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt leaves a famous legacy. How could he maintain his unmatched speed? As the only sprinter to win gold in the 100 and 200 meters at three different Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 – he remains unique in Olympic history.

However, Lyles wants to accomplish something that even Bolt failed to do. At the next Olympics, he hopes to achieve a quadruple. “I can catch three, but Bolt did it.” Lyles remarked: “I can make two Olympics in a row, but Bolt did it too.” given its ambitious objectives. This assurance paves the way for a promising future. As Lyles prepares for the Paris Olympics and the U.S. Olympic Trials, his skills and perseverance will be put to the test. The path he takes to break Bolt’s records and earn an honorable place in history seems exciting.

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