Athletics

Sprinter Noah Lyles of USA ‘confident’ ahead of Indoor Grand Prix return; Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Emma Coburn set to feature

The entry list to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is packed with talent from across the United States and beyond. Here's who to look out for and how to watch.

By Ed Knowles ·

Some of the most promising talent from the world of athletics will return to competition this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

World champion men's 200m runner from the USA, Noah Lyles, is racing both the 60m and the 200m on Saturday (13th February).

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo (women's 400m), world 800m champion Donavan Brazier, world record-holder Kendra Harrison, and world indoor champ Sandi Morris are other world-beaters for the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting.

There's also world championship silver medallists Sydney McLaughlin (women's 60m hurdles / 500m) and Rai Benjamin, plus experienced American athletes such as Emma Coburn, Sandi Morris, and Trayvon Bromell for the event in Staten Island, New York.

Noah Lyles: Optimistic about current form

Noah Lyles is bursting to compete, and shared on Friday (12th February) that he's excited to race.

“We are in a strong position. My endurance is pretty high now… I feel confident going into the race. This is a fast track. Let’s have some fun with it. I am excited… we will see how it goes.”

His two races are close to each other in the schedule leaving little time for recovery.

“It simulates how the 100m will be at [U.S. Olympic] trials and at the Olympics.

“We have been working really hard on my acceleration… we want to see if it’s working [in the 60m].”

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Noah Lyles: A shortened season

Last season and this season have been curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Lyles won’t be racing as many times as he usually would in an Olympic year.

“We wanted more meets… [but we decided with my coach that] the fewer track meets the better.”

Lyles is keeping the risks to a minimum.

“If we leave the state, we are taking a risk. [We decided to] do two events and get as much as we can out of this.”

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo: beating records in the 200m and new focus

The reigning Olympic champion from the Bahamas, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will be competing in the women’s 400m.

Miller-Uibo famously dove over the line ahead of American sprint legend Alyson Felix in the Rio 2016 final.

Felix isn’t scheduled to compete, but Miller-Uibo will go up against some strong U.S. talent, like 2017 world champion Phyllis Francis.

There’s a big chance that Miller-Uibo won’t compete at that distance at Tokyo 2020.

She recently set a new indoor 200m personal best (22.40s) and was pleased with the result.

“We were really happy with it… it was a little tricky getting used to the steep turns,” she told media including Olympic Channel on the eve of the meet.

And she hinted that the 200m may be her next Olympic title.

“Our main focus is going to be the 200m [but] everything is still up in the air… we are going to see how things are going to progress.”

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How to watch the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix event

A live stream broadcast of the athletics meeting will be available in most countries via the World Athletics YouTube channel and Facebook page.

It begins at 21:00 GMT (16:00 local time) on Saturday.

Plus follow Olympic Channel on social media for updates from the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix