Noah Lyles has won the 100m at the World Championships, taking the first step towards becoming the first man since Usain Bolt to sweep the 100m and 200m sprints at the same World Championships.
Lyles, a two-time world champion in the 100m at the Worlds for the first time, set a personal best of 9.83 seconds, five-hundredths ahead of 20-year-old Letsell Thibogo of Botswana, the first African man to win the worlds. 100m medal.
Britain’s Zharnel Hughes took the bronze, a thousandth of a second behind Thibogo.
The top five runners were grouped midway through the race, but Lyles used his trademark closing pace to seal the victory.
He’s going to run the 200m three-peat at the worlds later this week.
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Neither American Fred Curley (world champion) nor Italy’s Marcel Jacobs (Olympic gold medalist) made it out of Sunday’s semifinals.
In the heptathlon, Britt Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her second world title by defeating American Anna Hall, the leader of the first day.
Johnson-Thompson ran a personal best of 1.63 seconds in the 800 metres, the seventh and final event, to edge Hall by 20 points, the smallest margin in World Championships history.
Johnson-Thompson won with 6,740 points on Sunday. In May, Hall won the heptathlon, with a score of 6,988 points.
Hall, who was competing with a wrap and ribbon around her left leg, ran the fastest 800m ever in a World Championship heptathlon.
But Johnson-Thompson entered the race with a 43-point lead and finished close to Hall. Johnson-Thompson and Hull were neck and neck at the expected points with about 200m to go before the Briton closed the gap.
Ivana Voleta, a 33-year-old Serbian, has become the oldest woman to win a world title in the long jump (after bronze medals at the Olympic and World Games). American Tara Davis Woodhull took the silver, her first world medal.
The World Championships continue Monday, live on USA Network and Peacock, and feature the women’s 100m hurdles and men’s 110m hurdles finals.
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