American sprinter Noah Lyles briefly breaks Usain Bolt’s world record after mixed lanes

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Close, but not close enough.

American sprinter Noah Lyles held a world record last Thursday when a mix of lanes at the Inspiration Games allowed him to break Usain Bolt’s men’s 200-meter record by just 0.21 seconds.

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Lyles crossed the finish line on a track in Bradenton, Florida in 18.90 seconds, breaking the 2009 Bolt world record by 19.19 seconds. The advertisers were in shock immediately after the race and with good reason.

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Lyles was told to start off in the wrong lane and only run 185 yards, CBS Sports reported.

“You can’t play with my emotions like that … put me on the wrong smh track,” said disappointed Lyles on Twitter.

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The Inspirational Games, like all sporting events, have been affected by the pandemic. The virtual format included 30 athletes competing at seven different sites around the world at the same time, according to RunnersWorld.com.

Lyles, 22, is a double world champion after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter relay and 4 × 100 meter relay at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

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