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WAC Budapest 2023: No Nigerian In the Final, As America's Noah Lyles Is Crowned World's Fastest Man

August, 21 2023.

Noah Lyles is the new fastest man in the world, after he literally tore form books to win the men's 100 meters sprint final on Day-2 of the World Athletics Championships, talking place in Budapest.

The American track and field star, who is also the bronze medal winner in the Blue Riband event at the delayed 2020 Japan Olympics, won the 100 meters final in a time of 9.83 Seconds, five hundredths of a second faster than 20-year-old Letsile Tebogo of Botswana, who becomes the first African man to win a World 100 meters medal.

Britain's Zharnel Hughes took bronze, one thousandth of a second behind Tebogo. reports.

The 26 year old Lyles who will also compete in the 200 meters for a possible three-peat of titles, is now a three-time World champion, having won the 200 metres at the 2019 and the 2022 World Championships and now, the 100 meters event at the 2023 World Championships, in Budapest.

The victory will surely rearrange the pack and rankings of the sprinters going into next year's Paris Olympics in France, but above that, it puts the newly crowned world champion in a strong position to aspire and become the first man to complete the men's 100 and 200 meters doubles since Jamaica's Usain Bolt made it his personal routine at the Olympics and World Championships, from 2008-2016.

Neither American Fred Kerley (the reigning world champion) nor Italian Marcell Jacobs (Olympic Gold medalist) made it out of the semifinals, earlier on Sunday.

The story was the same for Team Nigeria's Usheoritse Itsekiri, who was a disappointing eighth in the first of three semifinals, with a time of 10:19 Seconds, :07 Seconds slower than his compatriot Seye Ogunlewe, who was fifth in the second semi-final with a time of 10:12 Seconds.

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