World Athletics Rankings - Ready for Zurich Diamond League --- Noah Lyles in the men's semi-finals at the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships
FILE PHOTO: Noah Lyles in the men's semi-finals at the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships

Noah Lyles sent a message Sunday afternoon in Bermuda, clocking a time of 9.96 (+3.0 m/s) in the 100m to win the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting, which is part of the American Track League.

As the reigning world champion in the 100m, Lyles secured victory in the Bermuda Grand Prix 100m, joining the ranks of few professional sprinters to break the 10-second barrier in any conditions this season. His performance sets the stage for what promises to be an Olympic-sized summer.

Noah Lyles Reflecting on his Bermuda Grand Prix men’s 100m race

“All together, I think it was a pretty well-put-together race,” Lyles told NBC.

Lyles had a solid start, gradually pulling ahead of the field and solidifying his lead around the 70m mark. “I had a pretty average start, my acceleration kicked in,” he remarked. “I felt like it was brand new territory running past the last 40m, you know, running so many 60s,” he added, referencing his indoor schedule for 2024.

Canadian Aaron Brown finished second with a time of 10.09, while American Pjai Austin closely followed in third with 10.10.

Despite improving upon his season opener of 10.01 on April 13th during a meet at the University of Florida, Lyles currently ranks third in the world for the 100m under any conditions, behind American high school phenom Christian Miller’s NJR of 9.93 and Auburn University student from Nigeria, Favour Ashe, with 9.99.

Acknowledging the challenges ahead, Lyles confessed, “I’m excited to finally be getting there, but it’s a lot to clean up.”

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