Noah Lyles celebrates winning gold during the men's 200-meter finals at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.
Noah Lyles has been a speedy blur this season.
The 25-year-old sprinter won a U.S. title in the men’s 200-meter in June. Then he defended his world title last month at the same Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, in the process eclipsing the American record held by the legendary Michael Johnson.
On Wednesday, Lyles added another victory in meet-record time at the Diamond League’s stop in Monaco. Lyles, who is also the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, won the Monaco race in 19.46 seconds, capturing his second Diamond League victory of the season and vaulting to first place in the season standings.
In a repeat performance from the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Lyles also led a 1-2-3 U.S. finish in the men’s 200. World bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton came in second at 19.84 and reigning world 400-meter champ Michael Norman was third in 19.95. Josephus Lyles, Noah’s younger brother, took sixth in 20.26.
“It was a good race in overall,” Lyles said, according to quotes released by the event organizers. “Of course, I wanted to go a bit faster but to be honest, I am getting my victory points right now. Happy to win.”
In the first Diamond League meeting since the world championships, Americans notched 12 top-three finishes in Monaco.
Grant Holloway, coming off a second straight world title of his own in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, nearly led another U.S. sweep in that event. Holloway, who is also the defending Olympic silver medalist, won in a season-best 12.99 seconds, followed by world silver medalist Trey Cunningham in 13.03. A third American, Daniel Roberts, was just off the podium in fourth at 13.20.
“I came here with the set of mind that I should win and have a little bit of fun,” said Holloway, who arrived in Monaco only to find his luggage didn’t. “I had some technical difficulties but I came over that.”