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Noah Lyles takes Usain Bolt’s meet record at Lausanne

Lyles ran the fastest 200m in nearly eight years on Friday evening

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The men’s 200m was one of the biggest events of the night at the Lausanne Diamond League. The race had Noah Lyles going up against both Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown. Lyles is only 21 years old and the defending American 100m champion.

Lyles ran away from the field, shattering Usain Bolt’s meet record in a 19.50 and finishing a shocking 0.37 seconds ahead of second place. Lyles’ 200m is a personal best, meet record, 2019 world leading time and the fastest 200m in nearly eight years. Second place went to Alex Quinonez in 19.87 who set an Ecuadorian national record.

Andre De Grasse at Harry Jerome Track Classic 2018. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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De Grasse is the Canadian 200m record holder and was the two-time national champion in 2017, but 2018 was a difficult year for him. While De Grasse healed a hamstring injury, Brown got really good, and now Canadian is looking at the strongest sprinting contingent they’ve seen in years.

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De Grasse and Brown finished third and fourth, with De Grasse running just shy of his season’s best in 19.92 and Brown running a new 200m personal best of 19.95, minutes after running a season’s best in the 100m.