Did Noah Lyles and Richardson Turn Diamond League Snub into Top Award Nods?



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Did Noah Lyles and Richardson Turn Diamond League Snub into Top Award Nods?
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In the world of track and field, few names have resonated as loudly in 2023 as Noah Lyles and Sha’Carri Richardson. The American sprinting duo, who left an indelible mark on the global stage, faced an unexpected stumble at the 2023 Eugene Diamond League. Despite their unparalleled dominance throughout the season, they couldn't clinch victory at the Prefontaine Classic, leaving many in shock.

Yet, every cloud has a silver lining. A recent revelation on social media has reignited hope and excitement among their fans. Both Lyles and Richardson have been nominated for the esteemed annual Athletics Awards, hinting at a potential comeback from their Eugene setback.

Their journey to this point has been nothing short of spectacular. At the 2023 World Athletics Championship in Budapest, they showcased their prowess, with Lyles achieving a golden threepeat and Richardson cementing her position as the fifth fastest woman in the 100m sprint. Their victories in multiple Diamond League meets further solidified their reputation, even if the Eugene leg didn't go as planned.

Facing Stiff Competition

NBC Olympics and Paralympics' tweet confirmed their nomination, stating, “Three world champions from the USA are nominated for World #AthleticsAwards.” The list also featured Ryan Crouser, America’s two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s shot put.

The annual Athletics Award is a beacon of recognition in the athletic world. Given Lyles and Richardson's track record, with only the Eugene hiccup, their chances of clinching the award seem promising. Lyles, in particular, with a season of almost all golds, is a strong contender. Yet, he faces stiff competition from Richardson's compatriot and pole vaulting sensation, Armand Mondo Duplantis.

Duplantis, hailing from Sweden, has had a stellar year. Not only did he clinch gold in every event he participated in, but he also set a new world record with a 6.23-meter vault at Eugene. This puts him in a favorable position against Lyles, who narrowly missed gold at Eugene by 0.02 seconds.

As the anticipation builds, the athletic community is abuzz with speculation. Will it be Lyles, Richardson, or Duplantis who takes home the coveted award on December 11, 2023? Only time will tell.