Noah Lyles crushes personal best and is coming for all the Olympic medals
Noah Lyles crushed his personal best in the 60m to open the Olympic year in earnest, signaling that big things are ahead this summer.
Lyles, who swept 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds at last August’s world championships, won the 60m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 6.44 seconds.
His previous personal best was 6.51, set at the same Boston meet last year.
“We’re coming after everything,” Lyles told Lewis Johnson on NBC Sports. “All the Olympic medals. I don’t care who wants it. It’s mine.”
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Lyles won Sunday by one hundredth of a second, overtaking Jamaican Ackeem Blake in an event that is not Lyles’ forte.
American Fred Kerley, who preceded Lyles as world 100m champion in 2022, was fourth in 6.55 in his first indoor meet racing that distance.
Lyles has been a world-class 200m sprinter for seven years and earned his first 100m medal last year.
“I knew I was in shape, but I didn’t know I was in that shape,” Lyles said of his 60m. He is now tied for seventh-fastest in American history in the shortest sprint.
Lyles noted that he previously ran an indoor 60m personal best in February 2022 (6.55), then broke the American 200m record at that summer’s world outdoor championships.
After last February’s personal best in the 60m, he became the first man to win the 100m and 200m at the same worlds since Usain Bolt in 2015.
Lyles plans to race at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in two weeks, bidding to make the world indoor championships team for the first time.
Lyles and the rest of the Americans are gearing up for June’s Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, where the top three in most events make the team for Paris.
Earlier Sunday, American Grant Holloway extended a 60-plus race win streak in the 60m hurdles dating to his last defeat in March 2014 as a high school sophomore.
Holloway, the three-time reigning world champion in the 110m hurdles, clocked 7.35 seconds. He defeated a field that included 2022 World silver medalist Trey Cunningham (7.49), 2023 World bronze medalist Daniel Roberts (7.49) and 2023 breakout Cordell Tinch (7.55).
In the men’s 1500m, 20-year-old Hobbs Kessler held off 2022 World outdoor champion Jake Wightman of Great Britain. Kessler ran 3:33.66 to become the third-fastest American in history indoors behind Yared Nuguse and Bernard Lagat.
Wightman raced for the first time since January 2023 after missing all of the last outdoor season due to injuries.
The indoor track and field season continues with the Millrose Games in New York City next Sunday from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.