Lyles denied 200m record – after only running 185m

Lyles, who won 200m gold at World Championships last year, started from wrong lane while running in Florida

By PA Media

Last Updated: 09/07/20 11:56pm

Noah Lyles thought he had broken Usain Bolt's 200m world record, only for his hopes to be dashed

Noah Lyles thought he had broken Usain Bolt's 200m world record, only for his hopes to be dashed

Noah Lyles thought he had broken Usain Bolt’s 200m world record, only for his hopes to be dashed

American sprinter Noah Lyles was denied a new 200m world record at the Inspiration Games after it was revealed he ran only 185m.

The 22-year-old’s time of 18.90 seconds would have beaten the 19.19-second mark set by Jamaican great Usain Bolt in 2009.

Lyles set the time racing alone in Florida against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

Given his personal best is 19.50, the time was immediately challenged.

World champion Lyles later tweeted: “You can’t be playing with my emotions like this….Got me in the wrong lane smh.”

The farcical ending to one of the event’s headline races will be a major embarrassment to Inspiration Games organisers.

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