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Noah Lyles ends season with another historic 200m time at Diamond League Final

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Noah Lyles ended his season by winning the Diamond League Final 200m in 19.52 seconds in Zurich, Switzerland, giving him five of the 13 fastest times in history.

Usain Bolt has four of the 13 fastest times, including the world record 19.19. Lyles broke Michael Johnson‘s American record in repeating as world champion in July in 19.31. In all, Lyles ran 19.67 or faster a total of seven times in 2022, and 19.52 or faster a total of three times in 2022, both the most for any sprinter in one year in history.

His 19.52 (into a headwind) matches the 12th-best time in history, his own from winning last year’s Olympic Trials. Lyles rebounded from the disappointment of an Olympic bronze medal to run the world’s fastest time of 2021 after the Tokyo Games, then put together arguably the strongest season of 200m sprinting in history this year.

Lyles, 25, has since worlds spoken openly about chasing the world record.

“Once I hold onto a feeling, I don’t let it go,” Lyles told World Athletics. “I was able to capture some amazing feelings this year. Especially in the start, the first 100 meters, the first 20 meters, the first 10 meters. Things I’ve never done before.”

Full Zurich results are here.

In other events Thursday, American javelin thrower Kara Winger earned the biggest international victory of her career in the last meet of her career. Winger, a 36-year-old, four-time Olympian, threw 64.98 meters to distance world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia by 1.26 meters.

Winger, the world silver medalist, earned a spot at the 2023 Worlds with her victory, should she reconsider retirement. Diamond League Final champions earn byes into next year’s worlds unless they’re from the same country as the 2022 World champion who already earned a bye.

“I have to see how I feel, but at this point, I do not change my decision about my retirement,” Winger said, according to meet organizers. “I just wanted to have a good time, and it turned out to be the best season of my life.”

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce notched a record-extending seventh sub-10.70 performance of the year to win the 100m. Fraser-Pryce, who earned a fifth world 100m title in July, clocked 10.65 into a headwind, edging countrywoman Shericka Jackson by .16. No other woman has broken 10.70 more than four times over a career.

Americans were fifth (Aleia Hobbs, 11.03), sixth (TeeTee Terry, 11.10) and seventh (Sha’Carri Richardson, 11.13) in the seven-woman race.

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American Trayvon Bromell earned the biggest international 100m victory of his career, clocking 9.94. The field did not include the countrymen who shared the world championship podium with him — gold medalist Fred Kerley and silver medalist Marvin Bracy-Williams.

Olympic discus champion Valarie Allman repeated as Diamond League champ, clinching a spot at the 2023 World Championships. Allman took bronze at this summer’s worlds.

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who was upset for the world 1500m title in July, won the 1500m in Zurich in 3:29.02, the world’s best time this year. Surprise world champion Jake Wightman of Great Britain was not in the field. Ingebrigtsen now has byes into both the 1500m and 5000m at the 2023 Worlds.

Other reigning world champions who prevailed: American Grant Holloway (110m hurdles, 13.02), Tobi Amusan of Nigeria (100m hurdles, 12.29), Shericka Jackson of Jamaica (200m, 21.80), Alison dos Santos of Brazil (400m hurdles, 46.98), Emmanuel Korir of Kenya (800m, 1:43.26), Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1500m, 4:00.44), Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco (3000m steeplechase, 8:07.67), Mondo Duplantis of Sweden (pole vault, 6.07 meters), Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela (triple jump, 15.28) and Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia (discus, 67.10).

The track and field season gives way to road racing starting with Sunday’s 5th Avenue Mile, live on NBC and Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Faith Kipyegon just misses world record; Noah Lyles wins 200m showdown in Monaco

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Kenyan Faith Kipyegon ran the second-fastest women’s 1500m in history, while Noah Lyles won a men’s 200m showdown with the ninth-best time ever at a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Wednesday.

Kipyegon ran 3:50.37 to miss Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba‘s world record by three tenths of a second.

“I have been chasing the time for quite some time, but I am happy with the personal best,” Kipyegon said, according to organizers. “It seems I did not give all, but I tried hard. I knew this was the best place to get the world record, but I am so disappointed I lost it in the last meters. I hope for the best next time.”

Kipyegon, a 28-year-old mom, owns two Olympic 1500m gold medals and two world 1500m titles. She ran by herself for the last 600 meters after pacers shed, aided by lights along the track showing her the world record pace.

They went out 2.86 seconds faster at 800 meters than Dibaba’s pacers did for her world record in Monaco in 2015. Over the next lap, Kipyegon fell 11 hundredths behind Dibaba’s pace going into the last 300 meters.

Later, Lyles claimed the men’s 200m in 19.46 seconds, his second-best time after his 19.31 American record from last month’s world championships. Lyles distanced 18-year-old world bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton (19.84) and world 400m champion Michael Norman (19.95), cementing his status as the clear current 200m king. He became the first man to break 19.50 twice in one year.

Full Monaco results are here. The Diamond League returns after a break for the European Championships for the season’s last three meets, starting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Aug. 26.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m in 10.62 seconds, matching the sixth-best time in history. Fraser-Pryce, a 35-year-old with seven combined Olympic and world 100m titles, has broken 10.70 seconds eight times in her career, all in the last two years after returning from 2017 childbirth. Six of those times came since May 7, and three of them came in the last five days.

Countrywoman Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion, was second in 10.71, a personal best by .02 to become the sixth-fastest woman in history. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire was third in 10.72, taking .06 off the African record.

Two-time world champion Grant Holloway won the 110m hurdles in 12.99 seconds, edging world silver medalist Trey Cunningham by four hundredths. Holloway ran the second-fastest time in the world this year behind Devon Allen‘s 12.84. Allen wasn’t in Monaco as he’s at Philadelphia Eagles training camp, bidding to make the team at wide receiver.

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas won a women’s triple jump that included the top six from worlds. Rojas, the Olympic and world champion and world record holder, moved from last to first with a 15.01-meter leap in the fifth of six rounds.

Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber won a battle among the world championships medalists in the women’s javelin. Barber, the gold medalist, threw 64.50 meters. Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi, the bronze medalist, took second, while American Kara Winger, the silver medalist, was fourth.

Surprise world 1500m champion Jake Wightman of Great Britain ran down Canadian Marco Arop to win the men’s 1000m in 2:13.88. Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic and world 800m champion, finished last in the rarely contested distance.

Burundi’s Thierry Ndikumwenayo ran the third-fastest 3000m in history, catching Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi. The 3000m is not on the Olympic or world championships program. Grant Fisher ran an American record 7:28.48, taking .52 off Bernard Lagat‘s American record.

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Sydney McLaughlin ends season with another historic 400m hurdles time

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Sydney McLaughlin ran the sixth-fastest 400m hurdles time in history in what she said beforehand was her last race of the season.

McLaughlin, who lowered her world record at June’s USATF Outdoor Championships (51.41) and July’s world championships (50.68), ran 51.68 at a Continental Tour meet in Hungary on Monday.

McLaughlin, who turned 23 on Sunday, extended her win streak to seven meets since her last defeat at the 2019 World Championships. Her time on Monday would have been a world record up until the Tokyo Olympics, where she lowered it from 51.90 to 51.46.

Next season is another world championships year. McLaughlin has a bye into next August’s worlds in Budapest in the 400m hurdles as reigning champion but has said she could add or change events, perhaps to the flat 400m, as the 2024 Paris Olympics approach.

Also Monday, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100m in 10.67 seconds, giving her the world’s six best times this year.

Fraser-Pryce, 35, has broken 10.70 a total of seven times in her career, all in the last two years after returning from 2017 childbirth, including five times in the last three months. No other woman has broken 10.70 more than four times in a career.

World champion Grant Holloway was upset by Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell in the 110m hurdles. Both ran 13.12, with Broadbell chasing down Holloway, who had a big early lead.

World bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton won the 200m in 19.88 seconds, while world silver medalist Kenny Bednarek pulled up grabbing the back of his upper left leg.

The track and field season continues with a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Wednesday, featuring a 200m showdown among Noah LylesMichael Norman, Knighton and, if he’s OK to run, Bednarek. A preview and broadcast information is here.

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