Noah Lyles of the United States was crowned the men’s 100m world champion
BUDAPEST, Aug. 21 (Xinhua)
In the men’s 100m, the flagship event of the World Championships, defending champion Fred Kerley faced an unexpected exit in the semifinals. However, his American compatriot Noah Lyles took the baton, recording this year’s world-best time of 9.83 seconds.
“I came here for three golds, ticked off one, others are coming,” Lyles commented, looking forward to defending his 200m title in Budapest. “The 100m was the toughest. I will have fun with the event I love now.”
Botswana’s U20 double world champion Letsile Tebogo secured silver, setting a new national record at 9.88 seconds. Britain’s Zharnel Hughes trailed just behind.
Italy’s Olympic victor, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, despite posting his season’s best time of 10.05 seconds, couldn’t make it to the final.
Local hero Bence Halasz electrified the home crowd when he hurled the hammer beyond 80m on his initial attempt. Nonetheless, Canadian newcomer Ethan Katzberg seized the lead with his 81.25m fifth attempt. Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki also bested Halasz, recording 81.02m.
Halasz eventually settled for third with 80.82m, securing his second World Championships bronze.
In other events, Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson regained the heptathlon world title with an aggregate of 6740 points. Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta clinched the women’s long jump gold, marking this year’s top global result of 7.14m.