Noah Lyles storms to 200m world title in Doha

The American sprinter charged home late on to win his first global title ahead of Andre De Grasse and Alex Quinonez 

By Rory Jiwani ·

Noah Lyles has staked his claim to be the new face of men's sprinting with victory in the 200m final at the IAAF World Championships.

The 22-year-old American trailed Britain's Adam Gemili in the early stages but ran a good bend before storming home in the last 50 metres to take victory in Doha in 19.83s.

Gemili faded into fourth with Canada's Andre De Grasse adding silver to his 100m bronze and Alex Quinonez taking bronze for Ecuador.

"This is my first one and I don't know a lot of people who can say they came into their first World Championships and grabbed the gold." - Noah Lyles speaking to the BBC

Noah Lyles takes victory in the 200m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha

Lyles powers home to victory

While Lyles was a strong pre-race favourite, the final did not quite go according to the script.

Gemili flew out of blocks just outside him in lane six and the Briton led coming off the bend.

But Lyles showed athletics composure beyond his years, staying relaxed and powering home to take a comfortable win in the end.

De Grasse again proved that he is back to his best with silver to match his Olympic silver from Rio 2016 with Quinonez passing a tired Gemili in the closing metres to claim his first medal in global competition.

Noah Lyles wins the men's 200m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha from Andre De Grasse

Comparisons with Usain Bolt have been frequent since Lyles emerged as a hot prospect last season, but he has achieved something the big Jamaican did not in winning gold at his first World Championships.

Bolt took silver in the 200m behind Tyson Gay in 2007 before winning four consecutive 200m titles.

Lyles decided to stick to the 200m in Doha, but he will double up at Tokyo 2020 with his clash with 100m world champion Christian Coleman in the shorter sprint something to look forward to.

He told BBC afterwards, "There's so many times I've thought in my brain that, 'I'm going to be the world champion this year.' I've been saying it since the season started.

"Everyday I would go back home from practice, hitting my car window to the music like, 'I'm going to be world champion this year!'"

His victory made it three golds out of four for American athletes on Day 5 in Doha with Donavan Brazier taking the men's 800m and Sam Kendricks retaining his pole vault crown.

Australia's Kelsey-Lee Barber took the other title on the night, winning the women's javelin in the sixth and final round.

Noah Lyles celebrates his 200m victory at the 2019 World Championships in Doha

Men's 200m world champions

2019 Noah Lyles 19.83s

2017 Ramil Guliyev (TUR) 20.09s

2015 Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.55s

2013 Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.66s

2011 Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.40s

2009 Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19s WR

2007 Tyson Gay (USA) 19.76s

2005 Justin Gatlin (USA) 20.04s

2003 John Capel (USA) 20.30s

2001 Konstantinos Kenteris (GRE) 20.04s

1999 Maurice Greene (USA) 19.90s

1997 Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.03s

1995 Michael Johnson (USA) 19.79s

1993 Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 19.85s

1991 Michael Johnson (USA) 20.01s

1987 Calvin Smith (USA) 20.16s

1983 Calvin Smith (USA) 20.14s