As the sprint sensation Noah Lyles prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympics and looks to win several gold medals, US track and field legend Carl Lewis has called for Lyles to be given more leeway. At the World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Lyles won another gold medal while leading the American team in the men’s 4×100-meter relay.

Now, he has his sights set on a huge performance in Paris. With victories in four events, American teams dominated the competition and cemented their status as Olympic competitors.

At just 26, he demonstrated his sprinting talent with a triple gold at the global championships in Budapest and two silvers at the global indoors in Glasgow. His triumphs have elevated him to a prominent position in the sprinting community, especially with Paris approaching. But Lyles got into trouble for a statement about winning more medals.

Lewis on Lyles

And nine-time gold medalist Carl Lewis, the king of Olympic athletics, thinks Lyles is not wrong for making the statement, saying “I want to win another gold medal for America” is not offensive to me. I don’t want foolishness to come in the way of him. It’s quite ridiculous. It isn’t just. Let him do what he wants to do; he doesn’t deserve it (the backlash)” Lewis said to sportstar.thehindu.com.

100-meter open field

Lewis stressed that there isn’t a clear favorite in the blue riband event and issued a warning, saying that the 100-meter champion’s crown is far from assured. The legendary American sprinter exclaimed, “Anyone can win it!” after winning three world titles (1983, 1987 – the latter increased because of Johnson’s disqualification – and 1991) and his second Olympic gold in Seoul in 1988.

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His remarks struck a chord with the allure and unpredictable nature of the game, igniting fans’ enthusiasm and building suspense throughout the globe.

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