Noah Lyles excited as World champion reaches Jamaica for Racers Grand Prix 2024

2024 USATF Indoor Championships
2024 USATF Indoor Championships

Noah Lyles is excited to face a stacked field at the Racers Grand Prix on June 1, where he competes in the 100m. He will be eying his third straight 100m victory of the season in Jamaica after strong performances at the Tom Jones Memorial and USATF Bermuda Grand Prix.

Lyles had a dominant indoor season. He burst through the 60m dashes, twice smashing his personal best in the discipline. The 26-year-old won the New Balance Grand Prix and USATF Indoor Championships in 6.44s and 6.43s respectively, and is now looking to smash his personal best in the 100m as well.

Lyles opened his season at Tom Jones Memorial 2024 and clocked 10.01s to win the 100m sprint. He clocked 9.96s on a windy track at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix to win the second 100m race of the season. The world champion next tied the American record in 150m, and is now headed to Jamaica for potentially the last 100m race before U.S. Olympic Trials 2024.

Noah Lyles took to Instagram to share his anticipation for the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica. He shared a video from last year's Jamaica trip, where he won the 200m title in 19.67s beating Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes. Lyles can also be seen sharing a hug with 100m world record holder Usain Bolt.

Noah Lyles will face Hughes, Ferdinand Omanyala, and Olique Seville in a stacked field. While Hughes and Omanyala remain huge threats, Lyles will be the favorite to secure the victory in a quick time.

Noah Lyles: "My goal wasn't to be a world record holder"

2024 USATF Indoor Championships
2024 USATF Indoor Championships

Noah Lyles has expressed the desire to break Usain Bolt's world records multiple times. While he is far from the 100m timing yet, the world champion has come pretty close to the Jamaican's 19.19s mark over 200m.

However, world records are not what Lyles cares about much. Speaking on 'The On Track and Field' Podcast last year, the 26-year-old claimed he has instead more interest in becoming the face of track and field.

“This is my goal (being face of track and field),” he expressed. "My goal wasn’t to be a world record holder, grab as many World Championships or Olympic medals... my goal was to transcend the sport and take it to a place that it’s never been, that it’s never seen.” (02:30-3:00)

Noah Lyles will be a big attraction at the Paris Olympics 2024. The double world champion is among the most popular track stars in USA and will be a huge favorite for the Olympic gold.

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