Noah Lyles celebrates following his victory in the men's 200-meter at the 2022 Diamond League Grand Final on Sept. 8, 2022 in Zurich.
Noah Lyles did what he’s done all season in 200-meter races, while fellow Americans Valarie Allman, Trayvon Bromell, Grant Holloway and Kara Winger joined him in claiming Diamond Trophies as the 2022 Diamond League season wrapped up with Day 2 of the Grand Final on Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland.
Among 26 event finals on the busiest day of track and field this year, Americans were represented in 21, having qualified based on the results across 12 Diamond League meetings throughout this summer. In addition to the five U.S. wins, and additional 11 Americans ended on the podium. Those results follow the two wins and four additional podiums from the first day of the Grand Final on Wednesday, when six event finals were held.
Lyles, the two-time defending world champion in the men’s 200, closed out the meet with another blazing fast performance in his signature event.
For the 12th time during this outdoor season, including prelims, Lyles started a 200-meter race and ended in first place. This time he ran away from the field and crossed the line in a meet-record time of 19.52 seconds. No other runner broke 20 seconds.
Fellow Americans Erriyon Knighton and Kenny Bednarek, who finished third and second behind Lyles in July at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, also raced in the Grand Final, with Knighton taking fourth and Bednarek fifth, both in 20.20 seconds.
“The one thing is the win, and the next is that everybody knows that the moment has just happened,” Lyles said, according to the Diamond League website. “Breaking the meet records and beating the fastest in the world, that it all about it. It just takes another year to run even faster. I already have so many plans.”
In the field events, Allman and Winger capped off memorable seasons with big wins.
Allman, the reigning Olympic champ in women’s discus, has been in a fierce battle all summer with the 2012 and ’16 gold medalist, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia. In June, Perkovic snapped Allman’s seven-meet win streak, then both were upset at the world championships when China’s Feng Bin took first, Perkovic second and Allman third.
Allman was back atop the podium Thursday, which marked her fourth win in five Diamond League meets this season. Her best throw of 67.77 beat Perkovic’s by .46. Fellow American Laulauga Tausaga (58.90) was sixth.
“2022 was a very challenging year for me, many things I had to adapt to,” Allman said. “I did not achieve all my goals. But I am definitely very satisfied today. It is special to walk away with that Diamond League trophy. It is a bit of a consolation for Eugene.”
Meanwhile Winger, in her final season, continues riding the momentum of her women’s javelin silver medal in Eugene, when she jumped from fifth to second on her final throw. That marked her first medal in six trips to the world championships and four to the Olympic Games.
The 36-year-old Winger, who has battled major injuries in her career, won last week’s Diamond League event in Brussels, then won again in Zurich, throwing 64.98 meters to hold off Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia at 63.72.
“I felt like the entire stadium was with me,” Winger said. “I felt like I had so many friends with me. The season was like — disbelief.”