EUGENE, Oregon. — Noah Lyles took the lead by teenage sensation Herrillon Knighton at the finish line to win the 200m at the US Track and Field Championships on Sunday.
“I’m doing whatever it takes to win,” said Lyles, who cheekily pointed at Knighton as he hit the tape in 19.67 seconds.
Lyles won the 200 at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. The next month in Eugene, he will be challenged again by Knighton.
“The work is not finished,” said Knighton, who is only 18 years old.
Temperatures in the mid-90s greeted the athletes on the last day of competition at Hayward Field. The event was postponed to the beginning of the day due to the heat.
The top three finishers in each competition will be on Team USA for the World Championships if they meet the required performance standard.
Olympic gold medalist Ating Moo challenged Aji Wilson in the last 100 meters but had to finish first in the 800 meters in 1:57.16.
“It was a fast field, we were all together throughout the race. I felt like we would still be together for the last 100, I just wanted to do my best to finish strong,” Mu said. “Aji was right on me, I had to put in a little more effort to get to the line.”
Sha’Karri Richardson failed to qualify for Sunday’s 200 final, leaving her the only remaining chance of making the US Team for the World Championship. Her time in the semi-final, 22.47 seconds, knocked her out of contention. After that, she did not give comments to reporters.
Richardson also failed to reach the final of Friday’s 100m race, which was won by Melissa Jefferson of Coastal Carolina. Richardson’s failure to reach the final in either race came as a surprise given her form in recent competitions.
With her ever-changing hair color and long nails, Richardson garnered attention at last year’s Olympic tryouts with a resounding victory in the 100m. Tokyo games.
Abby Steiner of the University of Kentucky, who set the college record in the 200m at this year’s NCAA Championships, won the event with a score of 21.77, the world’s best this season and a personal best.
Daniel Roberts won 110 hurdles in 13:03. Two-time Olympian Devon Allen, a fan favorite who ran track and field and played football in Oregon, finished third on Team World.
Allen is trying to find a balance between sports life and football after recently signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver. At the World Championships, 110 hurdles are scheduled for July 17th. Eagles players are due for training camp in nine days.
Bryce Hoppel made his second consecutive US 800 World Championship team finishing in 1:44.60. He was followed by Jonah Kovek, who reached the standard with his finish, and Brandon Miller, who rushed across the line to finish third.
“I just really wanted it,” Miller said.
Ray Benjamin won the 400 hurdles in 1:44.60, the best time in the world this season. Benjamin was pulling out of a fight with COVID-19, which drained his energy.
“This weekend has been very hard for me, I’m a little upset, of course, but I’m just happy to go out and win today. Going to the worlds,” said Benjamin.
Emma Coburn won her 10th national steeplechase title, finishing with a season-best 9:10.63.
Chase Ealy won the shot put with a record time of 67 feet 3½ inches (20.51 meters). Eliza Cranny won the national title in the 5000 meters.
Among the men, Grant Fischer won the 5000 with a meeting record of 13:03.86. Donald Scott won the triple jump title while Shelby McEwan won the high jump and Ethan Dobbs won the javelin.
Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon received a $200 million renovation to host the world’s largest non-Olympic athletics event.
For the first time the World Cup will be held on American soil.