Lyles completes sprint double in Budapest

By Sherdon Cowan August 25, 2023
Lyles completes sprint double in Budapest Loop News/Marlon Reid

Jamaica's Andrew Hudson and Alexander Ogando of Dominican Republic failed to challenge for a medal, as American Noah Lyles completed the sprint double with another dominant performance in the men’s 200 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. 

Lyles, who entered the Championships brimming with confidence to not only win three gold medals, but also to challenge Usain Bolt's World Record of 19.19s in the half-lap event, delivered to some extent, adding the gold to his 100m triumph. However, his winning time of 19.52s, was well off Bolt's mark set back in 2009.
 
Another American Erriyon Knighton (19.75s) was second with Botswana's Letsile Tebogo (19.81s) in third.
 
Hudson, who was a late addition to the final after he got glass in his eyes from an accident which hindered his semi-final performance, placed eighth in 20.40s, while Ogando was seventh in 20.23s.

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