Noah Lyles Confirmed after his recent 100m on Friday that he will not fight the event in next week's USATF Outdoor Championships, choose to focus on his best event, 200m.
"That's what I've been saying for a few months now," Lyles told LetsRun.com after the end of the second world champion Justin Gatlin at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.
Still, Lyle said he was discussing the potential 100m-200m double with his coach at the weekend, but they were planning to save him strictly for 200m, according to Reuters.
"We have already decided to do the double next year on the Olympic trials," says Lyles, according to the report.
The double is more feasible at the 2020 Olympics spread over 10 days than in next week's four-day nationals. 100m is contested Thursday and Friday and 200m on Saturday and Sunday.
The double is also more feasible at the 2020 Olympics, where there is a full day in between 100m final and 200m first round than the World Cup in Doha at the end of September, where the 200m first round is the day after the 100m final.
Lyle must pay attention to two other things: that he retired in 2017 USATF Outdoors with a hamstring injury, forcing him to miss that season's world championship. And the competing one in 100m, his complementary event, could tire him for the later 200m, though he is the overwhelming favorite of the latter and the top three events make the team into this fall world in Doha.
Lyles, 22, ranks second in the world in 100m this year behind the farmer Christian Colemanwhich is expected to double the 100m-200m next week. Gatlin, 37, has goodbye in worlds as the defender of 100m champion, giving the US four worlds in the event.
Lyles is the fastest 200m sprinter in the world this year with a comfortable two-tenths of a second. He was 19.50 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 5, a time better in history only Usain Bolt. Yohan Blake and Michael Johnson.
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