Noah Lyles breaks Michael Johnson's 1996 U.S. record

Noah Lyles knew he had run the best 200 meters of his life - and maybe the best 200 meters 

Of any American. After crossing the finish line in Thursday night's World Athletics 

Championships final, he turned to stare at his only true opponent: time. However, the on-field clock stubbornly displayed Lyles' 

Unofficial time as 19.32. In 1996, Michael Johnson also set that time in the 200 meters at 

the Olympics in Atlanta. Since then, it has seemed invincible. Until now. The 25-year-old stood with his hands 

On his hips, staring. As he talked to the clock at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., he walked over to it.

I told it to give me some slack, you know? Later, he laughed with reporters. Will it show at the same time, 19.32? Let's change that.

He crouched toward it, wondering if his efforts would pay off. After winning 

A disappointing bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Lyles set his sights on the record.

All came together in Oregon, where Lyles dominated the race with a fantastic start.

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