The World Athletics Championships wrapped up this past weekend, and we saw our fair share of dramatic finishes and surprises. The sprinting events continued to be the most captivating in Budapest as the rivalry between US teammates Fred Kerley and Noah Lyles built up early anticipation for the 100m. Sha’Carri Richardson showed out on the women’s side, dominating in the 100m but falling short in the 200M to Shericka Jackson, who retained her 200M title.
We also saw the emergence of some future stars like Botswana sprinter Letsile Tebogo, who caught the eye of Track and Field legend Justin Gatlin. After his performance, Gatlin believes that Tebogo has the potential to be a household name in the sport.
“Listen, man, I always talk about my boy Tebogo because look, that’s the next one right there. I don’t care what nobody says. Tebogo is the next cat up, dawg. I’m telling you right now. I don’t mean like the next normal elite star; this dude can be dominant. Like seriously dominant…”
- Justin Gatlin
Nobody has higher expectations than Noah Lyles, who came into the competition saying he would win every event in which he would be competing. He did not disappoint. Completely dominating the competition, he took home Gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. The biggest storyline came in a press conference where Noah aired his frustration and put the NBA on blast.
“You know, the thing that hurts me the most is that I have to watch the NBA Finals, and they have ‘world champion’ on their head,” Lyles said. “World champion of what? The United States?”
- Noah Lyles
He has seen support but even more backlash for this statement as the top personalities in the NBA world continue to weigh in. If you want to see another side of Noah, check out his episode with Asafa Powell on Fast Lane Lifestyle. He goes in-depth on his success, mental health, how he approaches the sport and more.
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