Sprinter Noah Lyles sets new U.S. record for 200-meters at World Championships in Eugene

U.S. sprinter Noah Lyles ran the fastest 200-meter sprint recorded by an American man at the World Championships in Eugene on Thursday night, finishing in 19.31 seconds.

That bested the legendary Michael Johnson’s mark of 19.32 seconds, a U.S. record hat stood for 26 years since Johnson accomplished it at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.  Lyles edged the mark by a mere 0.01 seconds to put himself in the record books.

Lyle’s 19.31 time is now the third-fastest 200-meter sprint in history.  Usain Bolt is still the all-time record holder with his 2009 mark of 19.19 seconds.

It topped what was an American sweep in the event, with 19-year-old Erriyon Knighton claiming bronze and the silver going to Kenneth Bednarik.

After the race, Johnson himself came down to congratulate Lyles and celebrate his historic moment.