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Noah Lyles wins 100m gold at World Athletics Championship

Noah Lyles roared to victory in a sensational men’s world championships 100m in Budapest on Sunday to extend the US dominance in track and field’s blue riband event in the post-Usain Bolt era.

Lyles, who already has two world 200m titles to his name and will go for a third in the Hungarian capital, clocked 9.83sec — the fastest 100m time of the season so far — for victory at the National Athletics Centre.

“They said it couldn’t be done. They said I wasn’t the one. But I thank God I am,” bellowed Lyles after dancing around in delight when his win was confirmed on the stadium’s big screen.

Lyles only finished third in the 100m at the US trials. “I have taken a lot of losses, even in the 100m,” he said. “Going to the USA championships with Covid I got a bronze medal, but a lot of people would cut me off right there and they probably did already.

“I knew what I had to do. I came here for three golds, ticked off one, others are coming.”

Lyles, one of the sprint stars who will feature in a series currently being filmed by Netflix, added: “The 100m was the hardest one, it is out of the books.

“I will have fun with the event I love now.”

Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo, 20, claimed silver in 9.88sec in a photo finish from Anguilla-born Briton Zharnel Hughes.

Lyles’ victory represented a fourth consecutive American gold in the men’s 100m, following in the footsteps of Justin Gatlin in London in 2017, Christian Coleman in Doha two years later and Fred Kerley in Eugene last year.

Bolt won the last of his three titles in Beijing in 2015, before retiring after having to settle for bronze in London two years later.

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