'My girlfriend said I'm beating everybody in Paris' - Noah Lyles's confidence shoots up after US Olympic Trials

'My girlfriend said I'm beating everybody in Paris' - Noah Lyles's confidence shoots up after US Olympic Trials

Funmilayo Fameso 14:49 - 30.06.2024

Noah Lyles is unfazed by whatever battles comes his way at the Paris Olympic Games as his Jamaican girlfriend Junelle Bromfield has given him assurance he's beating everybody.

World's fastest man Noah Lyles and his Jamaican girlfriend Junelle Bromfield are highly confident of replicating his US Olympic Trials performance in Paris, boldly declaring he's beating everybody at the Olympics this summer.

Lyles blazed to the US sprint titles in record-breaking times, first winning the 100m by tieing his Personal Best (PB) of 9.83s and then sealing it in his trademark event - the 200m, by breaking Michael Johnson's 28-year-old Championship Record of 19.66s with a new world-leading time of 19.53s.

By doing this, the 26-year-old has ran 40 sub-20s wind-legal 200m times in his career, six more than the great Usain Bolt. In addition, he extended his unbeaten run in the event as his last defeat came at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic final, where he won the bronze medal.

Following his remarkable performance, Lyles confidently declared he's defeating everyone in Paris and each country should bring their best athlete.

Noah Lyles and Junelle Bromfield at the 2023 World Athletics Awards

"I want all the smoke. I want everybody to send their best seater because you're gonna lose your best man," said the reigning world 100m champion in response to the fast times dropped at the Jamaican Trials.

Kishane Thompson blazed to the Jamaican 100m title in a jaw-dropping Personal Best (PB) of 9.77s (the joint-ninth fastest time in history), ahead of Oblique Seville in 9.82s (both times faster than Lyles's US title-winning PB of 9.83s), while Ackeem Blake was third in 9.92s.

Their outstanding performances made more room for the men's 100m event to be widely unpredictable on the potential medallists in Paris, which Lyles isn't afraid of in his quest to become the double sprints Olympic champion.

"My girlfriend said I'm beating everybody, so I'm going to listen to my girlfriend and beat everybody," he concluded in an exclusive interview with @kxnaomi.

Lyles has an ambitious goal of being crowned USA's first Olympic 100m champion since Justin Gatlin won the title at Athens 2004, while also adding the 200m title.

If he succeeds, he'll become the third American sprinter in history to achieve such a feat behind the legendary Florence Griffith-Joyner and Carl Lewis.