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Lyles becomes fourth-fastest 200m runner of all-time, wins for Fraser-Pryce, Gatlin

American Noah Lyles became the fourth-fastest man in history over 200 metres with a stunning Diamond League victory in 19.50 seconds at Lausanne. The 21-year-old was expected to face a close challenge from Andre De Grasse, but the Canadian was left trailing in third as Lyles laid down a serious marker ahead of September s World Championships in Doha. Oh my God, would it be crazy if I said yes?, said Lyles when asked if he expected to run so fast. Really, it was all about the plan. Me and my coach have been working on that turn. I don t know if we ll be expecting something (at the worlds), I ll just do what I do. Only world-record holder Usain Bolt (19.19sec), his fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake (19.26sec) and four-time Olympic gold-medal winner Michael Johnson (19.32sec) have run quicker. Lyles will now have the US Track and Field Championships, which run from July 25-28 in Iowa, in his sights. Running in lane 7, he seized a clear lead coming out of the bend and was never going to be


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