False start sinks Simbine, Lyles takes the crown

Akani Simbine’s medal aspirations were cut short in the semi-finals following a false start, before American Noah Lyles was crowned 100m champion at the World Athletics Champs. In a... Read more
False start sinks Simbine, Lyles takes the crown

Akani Simbine’s medal aspirations were cut short in the semi-finals following a false start, before American Noah Lyles was crowned 100m champion at the World Athletics Champs.

In a heartbreaking turn of events at the 100m World Championships in Budapest on Sunday, Simbine made a false start that led to his disqualification from the semi-finals.

Having secured a spot in the semi-finals as the joint third-fastest athlete with a time of 9.97 seconds, Simbine found himself in the second semi-final heat out of three. However, his false start was triggered with a reaction time of just 0.078 seconds, resulting in his disqualification.

Upon realizing that his lane had been flagged for the false start, Simbine approached the screen to verify the situation, hinting that he might contest the decision. Yet, upon reviewing the recorded reaction time, he ultimately chose to abandon lane four and accept his disqualification.

Noah Lyles, a holder of two world titles in the 200m and aiming for a third in Budapest, sprinted to an impressive victory at the National Athletics Centre with a time of 9.83 seconds. This marked the fastest 100m time recorded this season.

In a nail-biting finish, Letsile Tebogo from Botswana, aged 20, secured the silver medal with a time of 9.88 seconds, narrowly edging out Zharnel Hughes, a British athlete born in Anguilla.

Lyles’ win continued a remarkable streak of American success in the men’s 100m event. Following the footsteps of Justin Gatlin’s victory in London 2017, Christian Coleman’s triumph in Doha two years later, and Fred Kerley’s achievement in Eugene last year, Lyles secured the fourth consecutive gold medal for the United States in this event

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