Noah Lyles And Shericka Jackson Just Made History In The 200-Meter Race
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was ecstatic for her teammate.
July 22, 2022 at 3:04 pm
History unfolded in the men’s and women’s 200-meter races at the World Championships on Thursday. In the women’s race, Jamaican sprinter Shericka Jackson edged the legendary Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Jackson won the race with 21.45 seconds, setting a new national and championship record. Jackson became the second fastest woman of all time, trailing only American icon Florence Griffith-Joyner, CNN reports.
U.S.A.’s Noah Lyles continued the epic night in Oregon when he reclaimed his title in the men’s 200-meter race, finishing with a time of 19.31 and shattering the American record previously set by Michael Johnson 26 years ago.
“Today is my day. I finally got to do what I dreamed of,” the speedy sprinter told reporters, according to CNN. “I felt I got the best start I could possibly ask for.”
Lyles, who is now the third fastest man over the distance, was joined on the podium by fellow Americans Kenny Bednarek and Erriyon Knighton. With Bednarek finishing second and Knighton coming in third, the U.S. became the first country to complete the sweep of World Championship medals in the men’s 100-meter and 200-meter races.
“It’s an immaculate feeling to be on the podium with two fellow Americans,” Lyles said.
The 25-year-old fell on his knees after the victory, said his prayers, ripped his vest and roared in front of the Oregon crowd.