Noah Lyles completes 100m-200m sweep; Shericka Jackson scares Flo-Jo’s world record at track worlds

BUDAPEST – When Noah Lyles went to the final of the 200m at the World Championships, his coach Lance Brauman had some parting words.

“Next time I see you, you’ll be a three-time world champion in the 200m,” Brauman said.

Lyles smiled.

Later on Friday night, he proved Brauman right. Lyles came off the turn, clocking 19.52 seconds to win by 23 hundredths over 19-year-old American Erriyon Knighton. Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo, also 20, followed up his silver in the 100m with bronze in the 200m.

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Lyles, 26, went into the worlds believing he could beat Usain Bolt’s world record of 19.19. A year ago, he won the 200m in 19.31, breaking Michael Johnson’s American record and becoming the third fastest man in history.

“Of course I wanted to be faster. I wanted to at least break the American record again,” Lyles said. “I still believe I have the skills to do it. It’s just after my sixth race and I’m still running 19.5, I can’t be sad.”

Lyles set things straight. This was his first time running both the 100m and 200m at the global championships, making it six races in seven days.

Brauman recorded extreme heat all week.

Lyles also returned to the Olympics – where he was placed as the favorite and ran for bronze in 19.74.

“After what happened in Tokyo, I said I don’t believe it he deserved it to keep winning,” he told NBC Sports’ Lewis Johnson. “You take the win. I had to win again today. Just because I won it two years in a row doesn’t mean it belongs to me.”

Lyles also brought home his first World Championships of 2019, clearing in 19.83.

“I couldn’t watch that race for months because I was so disappointed in myself. [for the time],” he said. “But years later I look back at that race and I’d say, wow, I actually did it. I was doing it young and going against big fields. It was a tough world championship back then.”

Lyles became the first man to win the sprint double at the world championships since Bolt in 2015. On Saturday, he is expected to be part of the US men’s 4x100m relay and try to match Bolt’s triple gold performance from these 2015 (and 2013 and 2009 ).

Eventually, he and Brauman return to Clermont, Florida. They will reflect on the season, particularly how well his training cycles prepared him for the sprint double he hopes to repeat in Paris.

“We hit it right at the right time,” said Brauman, who previously coached 100-200m stars Veronica Campbell-Brown, Tyson Gay and Tori Bowie. “We’ll take a look at the schedule, see if there’s anything you want to tweak, but as of right now, I think this plan is coming together nicely.

Also on Friday, Jamaican Shericka Jackson repeated as the women’s 200m champion, this time in 21.41 seconds, the second fastest ever. 29-year-old Jackson was primarily a 400m sprinter until 2021.

Only Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record of 21.34 is faster (with 1.2 meters per second more tailwind than Jackson had). Jackson won last year’s title in 21.45, which was No. 2 in history at the time.

Jackson later said that 1) she felt “kind of under the weather” for Friday’s final and 2) she had written twice on her bib beforehand: 21:40 and a faster time, which she declined to disclose at the press conference. However, a quote provided by World Athletics credited Jackson with saying it was “21.2 something”.

“Once I run a good race, I’ll definitely get there,” Jackson said of the world record.

Americans Gabby Thomas and Sha’Carri Richardson took silver (21.81) and bronze (21.92).

Thomas, an Olympic bronze medalist, watched last year’s world 200m final at Hayward Field. She missed the event team 12 days before the USA Track and Field Championships with a second-degree hamstring tear.

Richardson, this week’s 100m gold medalist, became the first American to win the 100m and 200m medals at the same worlds since Carmelita Jeter in 2011. Richardson ran the fastest times of her life in both finals.

Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas won her fourth straight triple jump world title and she did it on her last jump to move up from eighth place.

Rojas, undefeated since her Olympic title in Tokyo, avoided elimination after landing four of six jumps in the tiebreaker.

Rojas’ 15.08m leap denied Ukraine’s Maryna-Bekh Romanchuk her first outdoor world title in any event since 2013.

Haruka Kitaguchi won the javelin on her final throw, becoming the first Japanese woman to win a world title in any event since Hiromi Suzuki in the marathon in 1997.

The Worlds continue Saturday live on CNBC,, the NBC Sports app and the Peacock with the 5,000m, where Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon bids to become the first woman to complete the 1,500m and 5,000m at one world.

Ferdinand Medina

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