Noah Liles sets American record by winning the 200m, leading the US

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American sprinter Noah Lyles led the 200m in the final. World Championships in Athletics Thursday night, breaking the national record.

Lyles, who won the bronze medal Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the men’s 200m, he won gold with a time of 19.31, breaking his personal best of 19.50 and the American record of 19.32 set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Team USA's Noah Lyles celebrates winning the men's 200m final on Day 7 of the Oregon22 World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Team USA’s Noah Lyles celebrates winning the men’s 200m final on Day 7 of the Oregon22 World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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“I was very concerned about whether this number would turn from 2 to 1,” Lyles said of the unofficial time, which first appeared at 7:32 p.m.

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“No one wants to share the record. I think even Michael Johnson doesn’t want to share the tape. So I just begged for it to be changed.”

Kenny Bednarek and Herrion Knighton rounded out the top three, leading the US to its second world conquest: first 100 and now 200.

Aaron Brown of Team Canada, Joseph Fanbulle of Team Liberia, Noah Liles of Team USA and Kenneth Bednarek of Team USA compete in the men's 200m final on Day 7 of the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon22 at Hayward Field, July 21st December 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Aaron Brown of Team Canada, Joseph Fanbulle of Team Liberia, Noah Liles of Team USA and Kenneth Bednarek of Team USA compete in the men’s 200m final on Day 7 of the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon22 at Hayward Field, July 21st December 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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On Friday, Lyles tweeted a photo of himself and Johnson at the track after receiving the medal.

“I create it!” he tweeted. “The 2 fastest Americans!”

Americans have took home 22 medals after seven days of competition, the championships end on Sunday.

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Herrion Knighton (right), bronze medalist, Noah Lyles (right), gold medalist, and Kenneth Bednarek, silver medalist, USA, celebrate after the race on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Herrion Knighton (right), bronze medalist, Noah Lyles (right), gold medalist, and Kenneth Bednarek, silver medalist, USA, celebrate after the race on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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“America is taking medals left and right,” Liles said. “It’s great because I’ve been waiting for America to come out and dominate since I stepped on the platform.”

Lyles’ time is third fastest overall behind Usain Bolt’s 19.19 in 2009 and Johan Blake’s 19.26 just two years later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.