Noah Lyles runs fastest 100m of year in 9.88secs

Lyles said: “It proved I am out here with the big dogs and I am trying to be just as great as them.”

Lyles, better known as a 200m specialist, holds the joint-quickest time of the year in that event, running 19.69 last month.

“Don’t get me wrong. I love the 200. I love it,” he said. “But I also like a few 100s in the mix.

Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson put an injury-hit start to the season behind her to win the Jamaican championships title.

The 25-year-old beat three-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce into second place, while Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson finished third.

Baker’s 9.90 in the final was the third-quickest time of 2018, while Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, 22, last week ran 9.91.

Hughes’ time was the quickest of the year until the USA Track & Field outdoor championships.

World indoor record holder Christian Coleman and 100m world champion Justin Gatlin are both missing from the event.

Lyles said: “It proved I am out here with the big dogs and I am trying to be just as great as them.”

Lyles, better known as a 200m specialist, holds the joint-quickest time of the year in that event, running 19.69 last month.

“Don’t get me wrong. I love the 200. I love it,” he said. “But I also like a few 100s in the mix.”

Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson put an injury-hit start to the season behind her to win the Jamaican championships title.

The 25-year-old beat three-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce into second place, while Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson finished third.

Lyles had been knocking on the door of an outdoor national title ever since his season-opening 19.90 200m as a 19-year-old in May 2017. But even though the previous generation was invited to Lyles’ coming-out party, they declined to RSVP. Of the seven men in tonight’s final, none of them had ever made a U.S. team in the 100 meters.

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