What a disappointment for Noah Lyles! Last night for the reigning 200m world champion was a hard night: during one of the many distance races and simultaneously with other athletes, for a few minutes he caressed the idea of having become the fastest man in the world, overtaking Usain Bolt.
His time on 200 meters in fact even knocked down the 19 "threshold, stopping at 18" 90, with a headwind. A monstrous, unimaginable performance. Disbelief, exultation, happiness, however, lasted very little in the soul of the innocent American athlete, just five minutes, just enough time to verify by the race judges that in reality the sprinter had covered only 185 of the 200 meters, due to an error of lane.
The error occurred during an Inspiration Game, distance race in lockdown times, between athletes who run alone and start at the same time as the starter fires. Lyles ran on a Florida track. Immediately his 18 "90 appeared anomalous, both for a slight headwind, and because the best personal of the American sprinter was 19" 50.
It happened that Lyles, winner of the 200m title at the Doha World Championships in 2019, reached the curve in Florida well before the opponents Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina, who competed in Switzerland and Holland respectively.
He crossed the line but his winning time proved to be helped by an error in the positioning of his starting blocks, which allowed him an advantage of 15 meters. Disappointed and disheartened Lyles, who tweeted a few minutes later "you can't play with my emotions in this way ..."
British sprinter Bianca Williams accused Scotland Yard of racial bias
British sprinter Bianca Williams accused Scotland Yard of racial bias after being stopped in London for routine checkups in Maida Vale this weekend ..
Gold medalist in the 4x100 relay at the Commonwealth and European games, the 26-years-old Williams was with her partner, the Portuguese Ricardo dos Santos, and their three-month-old son, when she was stopped by police officers.
The images of the catch, published online by their coach, Barcelona '92 Olympic champion Linford Christie, quickly went viral on the net. Williams said: "It is always the same with Ricardo. They think he is driving a stolen car or that he smoked cannabis.
And they think it is suspicious that a black person drives a beautiful car in certain areas: at least he must be part of it of a gang. It is racist prejudice, the way they talk to him, as if it were scum. It is shocking, disgusting to look at.
" Scotland Yard said cops had stopped a vehicle a vehicle with blacked out windows that was driving suspiciously, including driving on the wrong side of the road, and which failed to stop when asked and made off at speed.
Ms Williams has refuted the suggestion that they were on the wrong side of the road, and the couple is now planning legal action. The clip shared by Mr Christie appeared to show two people, a man and a woman, being pulled out of a car.
The woman, Ms Williams says he didn’t do anything "and officers can later be heard telling the woman to calm down after she worries about her son remaining in the car. Former Olympic 100-meter champion Mr Christie said: "Can Cressida Dick or anyone else please explain to me what justification the Met Police officers had in assaulting the driver, taking a mother away from her baby all without one piece of PPE and then calling the sniffer dog unit to check the car over. "