At the Atlanta City Games, South African Akani Simbine won the 100 meters in a world-best record 9.90 seconds, while American Noah Lyles shined in the 150 meters.

On an improvised track, Simbine ran into a headwind and won by a tenth of a second over Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala. American Kendal Williams came in third in 10.05. 

The previous 100-meters record, set in April by American youngster Christian Miller, was surpassed by Simbine with a mere three hundredths of a second during the said event. 

Lyles winning again

Moreover, world champion in the 100 and 200 meters Lyles proved dangerous in the infrequently ran 150-meter division, gaining ground in the second half and finishing a full second clear of Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain.

Lyles thanked his supporters and grinned broadly after the race, crediting his current form to his mental well-being. He expressed: “I ain’t got depression,” he told an on-track reporter. “Makes a big difference. Makes a huge difference. So I’m hyped, I’m excited, I come out here – I get excited when I see the fans.”

Lyles kept up a busy schedule for 2024, participating in the 100 meters at the Bermuda Grand Prix in April and then flying to the Bahamas earlier this month for the World Relays.

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Source: Sportstar

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