Noah Lyles confirmed his claim as the American 200m king by beating an 18-year-old phenom Erriyon Knighton at the US Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
Reigning World Champion Lyles won in 19.67 seconds and fourth moments before crossing the finish line, two hundredths ahead of Knighton, who tightened in the final meters. Lyles looked at Knighton’s track (and the scoreboard), smiled, and pointed to Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
“I saw him reach his top speed and I said mine is faster,” Lyles said Lewis Johnson as he stands next to Knighton.
Knighton, who also qualified for the World Championships in three weeks, also in Eugene, then said: “The work is not done yet. It’s never finished’, and walked away from the joint interview in which the third place was also Fred Kerley†
Earlier this season, Knighton clocked 7:49 PM to become the fourth fastest man in history, replacing 24-year-old Lyles, whose personal best is 19:50.
Sha’Carri Richardson missed the World Cup team. After a shocking elimination in the first round of the 100 meters on Thursday, she was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 200 meters on Sunday.
NCAA champion Abby Steiner won the women’s 200m final in 21.77 seconds, improving her fastest time in the world this year. Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas was eighth and missed the team.
Daniel Roberts won the 110m hurdles in 13.03 after reigning world champion Grant Holloway scratched out of the final, his world place is already assured. Devon Allenwho set the third fastest time in history two weeks ago (12.84), took third to take last place in the world team by three thousandths of a second.
Chase Ealey won the shot put with the second best throw in American history – 20.51 meters. American record holder Michelle Carterwho became the first U.S. Olympic women’s shot put champion in 2016, finishing eighth in her last national championships before retiring. Raven Saundersthe Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, the team missed by one spot.
As expected, Olympic champion athing muc won the 800 meters. Ajee Wilson almost did the unexpected, shy of seven hundredths, to give Mu her first 800m defeat since 2019. Raevyn Rogers took the final world spot as the Olympic team repeats.
Emma Coburn won an eighth consecutive national title in the 3000m steeplechase, extending at least the longest active streak, and 10th overall.
Coburn, who earned a medal of each color at the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 and 2019 Worlds, is once again joined in the national team by Courtney Frerichs, who took silver in Tokyo. Frerichs, who came in second at the national championships in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, dropped to third behind Courtney Wayment†
Olympic silver medalist Rai Benjamin took the 400m hurdles in 47.08 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. He could be on his way to another showdown with the world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway at world championships, although Warholm suffered a hamstring injury in his only race on June 5 this year.
Clayton Murphythe bronze medalist of the Olympic 800m in 2016, missed the world team by four hundredths for diving Brandon Miller† Olympian Bryce Hoppel won the 800m, followed by Jonah Koech and Miller, who go to their first worlds. Donavan Brazier says goodbye to the team as reigning world champion.
Grant Fishero won his first national title and took the 5000m after finishing second in the 5000m and 10,000m at Olympic Trials. He joined the world team through an Olympic teammate Woody Kincaid and Abdihamid Nuroan up-and-coming junior from Northern Arizona who was born in Somalia.
Paul Chelimosilver and bronze medalist at the last two Olympics, was 11th and will miss his first global championship since 2015.
Elise Cranny repeated as US 5000m champion. She joined the team through Karissa Schweizerwho, just like last year, qualified for the 5000m and 10,000m, and Emily Infeldthe bronze medalist of the World 10,000m Championships in 2015, making her first team for global championships since 2017. The three were separated by 27 hundredths.
Shelby McEwen relegated Olympic teammate and favourite JuVaughn Harrison to second place in the high jump.
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Noah Lyles knocks over Erriyon Knighton as USATF Championships rivalry buttons originally appeared on NBCSports.com