The USATF NYC Grand Prix offered 4 athletes for interviews. Scheduled were Grant Holloway, Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, and Sydney McLaughlin. At the very last minute, we were told that Sydney McLaughlin would not be available as she had gotten in late, and had a family obligation.
In fact, Ms. McLaughlin was seen in the hotel the day prior to the interview with her team, but something obviously did come up. Truth was, Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman and Grant Holloway kept the media’s attention, it is just that Sydney would have been the true icing on the cake. I guess that we can dream.
Noah Lyles, USATF NY Grand Prix presser, June 11, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto
I did an audio of the Noah Lyles interview.
Noah Was fantastic! He spoke about how he had met with Ralph Mann, the king of sports motion analysis and Ralph had reworked his first three steps in the 200 meters.
Noah Lyles, June 11, 2022, USATF NY Grand Prix presser, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto
Noah also made it clear that he is focusing on the 200 meters this season, even with his success at 60 meters and 100 meters.
Noah made it quite clear that he would be focused on defending his 200 meters. ” I would rather one gold than two silvers, ” noted the always quotable Lyles.
Noah also praised his brother, Josephus and noted that his brother would soon join him in under 20 seconds!
Special thanks to Michelle Sammet of World Athletics and Noah Lyles for his candor and time.
Noah Lyles, June 11, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris
The defending 200m champion from Doha 2019, Noah Lyles took bronze in the Tokyo Olympics, at 200 meters. At the very end of the season, Noah ran the fastest time in 2021 of 19.52 at the Nike Pre Classic, held in 2021 after the Olympics.
In 2022, Noah Lyles has run PBs at the 60 meters, on February 19, 2022 with his 6.55 for the win. His 100m dates back to 2019, with a fine 9.86. At the presser, Noah noted that he will run all three rounds of the 200 meters, an event that he has a bye for, as the defending champion.
In the interview, many of the media were impressed with his focus, sense of humor and his confidence.
Noah will be racing on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the 200m distance at the USATF NY Grand Prix.
Check entries here: https://nygp.globalathletics.com/events/
Enjoy the interview, it is about 17 minutes long. Thanks to Brian Eder, co-founder of RunBlogRun, for posting the interview via Sound Cloud.