Earlier than leaving for Tokyo, he broke down crying in entrance of his girlfriend, he stated, “simply speaking about how laborious it was to get by means of this yr.”
Lyles had all the time advised himself that he would go away the game behind if he ever misplaced his ardour for it, he stated. However whereas he in the end selected to proceed to coach and compete, he was decided to not let monitor management his life. Within the course of, he stated, he sought extra stability. He pointed to his pursuits in music, artwork and style.
“Even when this doesn’t go proper in monitor, I nonetheless have a life exterior of it,” he stated. “I’ve locations that I can go. I’m not outlined by being an Olympic bronze medalist, or a gold medal world champion, or the excessive schooler who went professional. That’s not who I’m; I’m Noah Lyles.”
He was at his most emotional, although, when he addressed his relationship along with his brother, Josephus, a sprinter who fell in need of making the U.S. Olympic workforce this summer season. Once they had been kids, Noah Lyles stated, it was truly his brother’s dream to compete on the Video games.
“This wasn’t even my dream,” Lyles stated as he sobbed. “I simply needed to tag alongside as a result of I beloved my brother, and I needed to do that collectively. And it’s taken us to date, and I really feel like he must be right here.”
Within the 200-meter closing, staged in an empty stadium, Lyles completed behind Andre De Grasse of Canada and Kenny Bednarek, Lyles’s American teammate. Lyles known as his bronze medal “boring.”
“I didn’t win,” he stated. “However on the similar time, it’s a terrific achievement.”