This was the unprecedented career of Noah Lyles (Infobae)
It was strange to see Noah Lyles, the 200-meter world champion, race on a track in Florida while his two rivals competed simultaneously from Switzerland and the Netherlands. But weirder still turned out to attest that the stopwatch stopped at 18.9 seconds when he crossed the finish line, a time that pulverized the world record of 19.19 that Usain Bolt set 11 years ago.
It turned out that the test held this Thursday, with social distance and technological resources, was not the best planned sports competition since the pandemic paralyzed much of sport in the world.
Lyles ran only 185 meters on the Bradenton track, for this curious version of the traditional Weltklasse race that is usually held in Zurich. « They can’t play with my feelings like that … They put me in the wrong lane, » tweeted the American, who concluded his comment by saying that the situation had left him « shaking his head. »
There was no world record, just a good training session with a strong wind to start the season of athletics competitions, practically canceled by the health crisis. Weltklasse should have been the last Diamond League competition in September. It would have marked the reunion of many of the medalists at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Instead, it was not even possible to define a program for the event and the Olympic Games were postponed until July of next year, when Lyles, 22, was 24. The Swiss organizers of the Weltklasse had to be creative to implement a abbreviated program: Eight events of three athletes or teams, competing in seven practically empty stadiums in Europe and the United States, with variable weather conditions.
It was predicted that the greatest risk would be for the Swiss technicians in charge of the chronometer and the television transmission, in order to synchronize three performances in different countries within their broadcast package, in a couple of minutes. Instead, simply the placement of the starting block was wrong and ruined the main race.
Great American sprinter Allyson Felix had a less bumpy performance and had wins from Walnut, California, in a 150-meter sprint and a 3×100 relay. Felix, a six-time Olympic medalist, stopped the chronometer in 16.81 seconds to complete the 150 meters. He beat Shaune Miller-Ubo, who ran in Florida, by 34 hundredths.
In Switzerland, Mujinga Kambundji came third despite having more help from the wind. « It was weird, it felt like practice. »Felix appreciated. « But not even, because there were really no partners or anything. »
Later, in the 90-minute transmission to different countries of the world, the 100-meter hurdle race was held. Three men competed in Florida. Andre De Grass won with a time of 9.68 seconds, beating Jimmy Vicaut by four hundredths. Omar McLeod, the 110-hurdle Olympic champion, was third with 9.87.
The two pole vault competitions were conquered in Florida by Americans Sam Kendricks and Sandi Morris, who set respective records of 5.81 and 4.66 meters. The lack of quality training and facilities during the pandemic was evidenced in some actions.
Katerina Stefanidi, Olympic pole vault champion, was unable to deliver her first 4.46-meter height in California. Two-time Olympic triple jump monarch Christian Taylor needed a sixth run to reach 17.27 meters in Florida. That test was won in Portugal by Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who jumped 17.4 meters.
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With information from agencies