Noah Lyles

With Noah Lyles set for his first Olympic 200m final in Tokyo last year, he couldn't have been put in a worse environment to succeed.

Noah Lyles

Tried balancing the 100 and 200 and trying to get off the antidepressants, which caused him to gain weight and lose his strength.

Noah Lyles

But he started the race in lane 3 Liles, never the best turn runner, prefers to stay out. There were no spectators in the Olympic Stadium

Noah Lyles

and Lyles, who had made a habit of calling fans "spirit bombs" before races bore more fans than anyone at those games. 

Noah Lyles

His family was also not allowed to visit due to Japan's COVID-19 restrictions. Lyle ran a time of 19.74 to take

Noah Lyles

bronze that night, but it wasn't quite the gold that Lyle and the track world had hoped for before the season.

Noah Lyles

Coming off the block, Lyles showed the biggest change of his life, burying the ground to set a personal best of 19.31 seconds,

Noah Lyles

and wiping Michael Johnson's mark 26 years later. Books as the American 200m record holder. Lyles was so ahead - 

Noah Lyles

and so clumsy at going beyond the curve - that he stopped the men's race and started the ghosts' race.

Noah Lyles

Lyles was instead focused on Johnson’s golden-shoed American record of 19.32 from the 1996 Olympic final in Atlanta,

Noah Lyles

 a mark that remained unchallenged until tonight.  Johnson's tenure lasted so long that he became a fundamental principle

Noah Lyles

of the game for a generation of track fans. The track is 400 meters, the shot weighs 16 pounds, and Michael Johnson holds the American record for the 200 meters.