By Sedara Philip
Noah Lyles won the 200m at the world track and field championships, becoming the first man to sweep the 100m and 200m at a single worlds since Usain Bolt in 2015.
Lyles clocked 19.52 seconds and was followed by countryman Erriyon Knighton (19.75) and Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo (19.81).
Lyles, whose personal best is 19.31, was targeting Bolt’s world record of 19.19.
Lyles joined Bolt and Allyson Felix as the only sprinters to win three world 200m titles
On Saturday, Lyles is expected to be on the U.S. men’s 4x100m relay. He could become the first man to win three golds at one worlds since Bolt in 2015.
Meanwhile,Shericka Jackson has successfully defended her world title after dominating the women’s 200m final race in Budapest, Hungary on Friday.
Jackson clocked a course record time of 21.41 ahead of USA’s Gabrielle Thomas who timed 21.81 to cross the finish line second. World 100m champion, Sha’Carri Richardson was forced to settle for third place in a Personal Best time of 21.92.
Ivory Coast’s Marie-Jose Ta Lou also missed out on the podium in the race after clocking 22.64 to settle for eighth place.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, the World 100m champion secured a double after successfully defending his 200m title. Lyles clocked 19.52 ahead of another American Erriyon Knighton who timed 19.75 to cross the line.
Botswana’s wunderkind Letsile Tebogo finished third in 19.81. He exits the World Championships with great achievements, having become the first African to bag a medal in the men’s 100m race at the global showpiece.