Noah Lyles

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Noah Lyles
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Noah Lyles at the 2018 USA Championships
Personal information
Born (1997-07-18) July 18, 1997 (age 22)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight154 lb (70 kg)[1]
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
ClubPURE Athletics[2]
Turned pro2016[3]
Coached byLance Brauman[4]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Noah Lyles (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional track and field athlete specializing in the sprints. He holds personal bests of 9.86 seconds for the 100 meters and 19.50 seconds for the 200 meters. Lyles is the 300-meters indoor world record holder with a time of 31.87 seconds from the 2017 USA Indoor Championships.

He won a gold medal in the 200 meters during the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. He won gold medals in the 100 m and the 4 × 100-meter relay during the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.[9]


He was a gymnast as a youth and started track and field at 12 years of age. His parents Keisha Caine and Kevin Lyles competed in track and field at Seton Hall University.[10][11] He attended T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.


Lyles represented the United States at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games where he won a gold medal in the 200 m.[12]

In January 2015, Lyles cleared 2.03 m (6 ft 7 34 in) in the high jump as a high school junior. In November 2015, he was named 2015 high school boys athlete of the year by Track & Field News.

In March 2016, Lyles won the 200 m at the New Balance Nationals Indoor. In April 2016, Lyles won both the 100 m and 200 m at the 2016 Arcadia Invitational, setting new meeting records of 10.17 s and 20.48 s respectively.[13][14] In June 2016, Lyles won the 100 m in 10.08 s at the USA Junior Championships.[15]

In July 2016, Lyles went to the U.S. Olympic Trials to compete for spots on the Olympic team in the 100 m and the 200 m. He failed to advance from his first 100 m heat, but in the 200 m he won his semi-final and then placed fourth in the final with a time of 20.09 s, breaking a 31-year-old national high school record.[16][17][18] Though he didn't qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, he qualified for the 2016 World U20 Championships where he was a double gold medalist, taking the 100 m and 4 × 100 m relay titles.[19][20]


Lyles had committed to compete for the Florida Gators at the University of Florida, but in July 2016, Noah and his younger brother Josephus instead turned professional and signed with adidas.[3][21] In November 2016, Lyles was again named high school boys athlete of the year for 2016 by Track & Field News.

Lyles started 2017 with his first senior national title in the 300 m at the 2017 USA Indoor Championships in the thin air of Albuquerque, New Mexico, improving the indoor world record by one hundredth of a second to 31.87 s.[22][23] He earned a silver medal in the 4 × 200-meter relay with team USA at the 2017 World Relays. Lyles won two meets in the 2017 IAAF Diamond League circuit, winning the final ahead of American champion Ameer Webb and world champion Ramil Guliyev. However, injuries prevented him from competing much of the season and he missed the 2017 World Championships as a result.

Lyles returned to Albuquerque to compete at the 2018 USA Indoor Championships, but in the 60-meter dash instead of the 300 m. He made it through his first heat while equaling his personal best time of 6.57 s, but failed to advance through his semi-final. Having failed to make the national team for the 2018 World Indoor Championships, he turned his focus to preparing for the outdoor season. He opened with a win in the 200 m at the IAAF Diamond League Doha meet, setting a new personal best with a time of 19.83 s. A few weeks later he ran the less common 150 m at the adidas Boston Games, winning in a personal best time of 14.77 s.[24] He returned to the 200 m at the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, winning and improving his personal best time to 19.69 s. This time matched the world leading time set by Clarence Munyai earlier that year.[25][26]

At the 2018 USA Championships he focused on the 100 m instead, matching the world lead of 9.89 s in the semi-final. Mike Rodgers had set the world lead a day before in a separate heat, but he did not start in the semi-finals. This left Lyles' primary rival to be Ronnie Baker, who had run the 100 m in 9.78 s at the Prefontaine Classic earlier that year, but with a wind velocity just over the allowable limit for record purposes (+2.4 m/s).[25] In the final Baker got out a few meters ahead of Lyles out of the blocks, but Lyles started to come back halfway through the race and just passed Baker in the last meter to win in 9.88 s, a new world lead and personal best time for Lyles.[27][28] He became the youngest U.S. champion in the 100 m since Sam Graddy won in 1984.[29]

Lyles world lead in the 100 m would later be beaten by Baker (9.87 s) and then Christian Coleman (9.79 s), but at the Herculis IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco Lyles set a new 200 m world lead and personal best time in 19.65 s. The time placed him in the top-10 fastest men in the 200 m of all time.[30][31] Before that Lyles equaled his personal best and world lead at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet to win a greatly anticipated showdown against Michael Norman, who had set the indoor world record in the 400-meter dash earlier that year.[26][32][33] Lyles went into the IAAF Diamond League final, the Weltklasse Zürich, as the favorite. He was again matched up against world champion Ramil Guliyev who recently also become European champion, setting a personal best of 19.76 s in the process.[34] The two were placed in adjacent lanes and ran evenly through the bend, but Lyles started to pull away on the straight and finished in 19.67 s.[35] It was his fourth time under 19.70 s in the same season. Only one other individual has been under 19.70 s four times in a career, world record holder Usain Bolt who also did it four times during his record-breaking 2009 season.[36]

In 2019, Lyles opened the season by running 100 meters races, running a 9.86 (+0.9) world leader in Shanghai on May 18. In his first 200-meter race, at the Pietro Mennea Golden Gala meet, he equalled Mennea's long standing 1979 world record time running a 19.72 (+0.7). A month later at Athletissima in Lausanne, he dropped his personal best to 19.50 (−0.1) to move into the number 4 position on the all time list. A week later he ran a 9.92 (+0.3) 100 in Monaco. With the extended schedule in 2019, he ran the US National Championships at the end of July, taking the 200-meter title in 19.78 (−0.7) into a headwind in Des Moines. And in Paris he ran 19.65 (+0.2).


Information from IAAF profile unless otherwise noted.[37]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Mark Competition Location Date Notes
100 m 9.86 s Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Shanghai, China May 18, 2019 +0.9 m/s wind[5]
150 m 14.69 s adidas Boost Boston Games Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. June 16, 2019 −0.2 m/s wind[6][38]
200 m 19.50 s Athletissima Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland July 5, 2019 −0.1 m/s wind, WL
400 m 47.04 s McNamara Mustangs Invitational Forestville, Maryland, U.S. April 23, 2016
4×100 m relay 37.10 s World Championships Doha, Qatar October 5, 2019 WL, NR
4×200 m relay 1:19.88 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas April 23, 2017
55 m indoor 6.24 s Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S. February 27, 2016
60 m indoor 6.57 s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. February 10, 2018
200 m indoor 20.63 s New Balance Nationals Indoor New York, New York, U.S. March 13, 2016
300 m indoor 31.87 s USA Indoor Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. March 4, 2017 A, WB
High jump indoor 2.03 m Virginia Tech HS Invitational Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S. January 31, 2015

Season's bests[edit]

World rank from the IAAF's Season Top Lists.[39][40]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Wind Notes
Representing the  United States
2013 World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 4th (semi 2) 200 m 21.58 −2.5
2nd Medley relay 1:50.14 N/A PB
2014 Youth Olympic Games Nanjing, China 1st 200 m 20.80 +0.3
2015 Pan American Junior Championships Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2nd 100 m 10.18 +0.4
1st 200 m 20.27 +1.3
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 100 m 10.17 −0.2 SB
1st 4×100 m relay 38.93 N/A PB
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4×200 m relay 1:19.88 N/A PB
Representing the Americas (orthographic projection).svg Americas
2018 Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 100 m 10.01 0.0
1st 4×100 m relay 38.05 N/A PB
Representing the  United States
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 2nd 4×100 m relay 38.07 N/A
World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 200 m 19.83 +0.3
1st 4×100 m relay 37.10 N/A WL, NR

National titles[edit]

Circuit wins[edit]

Representing adidas

200 m[edit]

100 m[edit]

  • IAAF Diamond League
    • Overall winner: 2019
    • Shanghai: 2019[5]
    • Zürich: 2019


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External links[edit]


Preceded by
Botswana Isaac Makwala
Men's 200 meters season's best
2018, 2019
Preceded by
Trentavis Friday
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
2015, 2016
Succeeded by
Armand Duplantis