06 July, 2019

Lyles rushes to 19.50 at 200 meters, Lisek vaults 6m01

  • Noah Lyles of the US poses next to a screen reading his time for the Men's 200m as he celebrates after breaking the meeting record in the discipline and winning the race during the IAAF Diamond League competition on July 5, 2019 in Lausanne. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

American Noah Lyles was the most outstanding athlete at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Lausanne. The still only 21-year-old sprinter raced to a World Leading performance of 19.50 and is now the all time fourth fastest on the distance. Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek jumped over 6m01.

Despite a slight headwind of 0.1 meters per second, Lyles improved his personal best by fifteen hundredths of a second. Only Usain Bolt (19.19), Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32) have ever run faster than Lyles did in Lausanne. Lyles also ran the fastest 200m since the 2012 Olympics.

Polish Pole Vaulter Piotr Lisek became the other star of the evening. For the first time in his career he jumped beyond six meters. His clearance at 6m01 also was a World Leading performance. Another outstanding athlete in Lausanne was Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who clocked 3:28.77 in the 1,500 metres and who also set another World Lead in Lausanne. At least as stunning was the 18-year-old Norvegian talent Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who came in second in 3:30.16.

In the 5,000 metres Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet threw his arms in the air while sprinting for victory a lap too early. He eventually became tenth, his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha won it in 13:00.56.