“Here is Lyles, he is about to finish and the others may be a second …” Cram gasped, trying to understand how Lyles had apparently timed 18.9 seconds over 200 meters during the Games race. inspiration in Bradenton, Florida, Thursday.
“This cannot be true,” said Cram. “It can’t be true. 18.91 – it can’t be right. Is it possible?”
The weather would have allowed Lyles to improve Usain Bolt’s 19.19-second record at the 2009 world championships.
However, it was later revealed that he had lined up in the wrong lane and had actually run 185 meters.
In the end, Lyles, 22, was disqualified, the victory and the prize of $ 10,000 going to Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre who ran 20.65 in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Dutchman Churandy Martina, second, with a time 20.81 in Papendal, the Netherlands.
“You can’t play with my emotions like that … it got me in the wrong line,” Lyles later wrote on Twitter.
The Inspiration Games saw 30 athletes compete in seven different venues around the world as organizers sought an alternative to the Zurich Diamond League amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The races started simultaneously so viewers could see the athletes competing side by side, but in the case of Lyles, who won the 200m world champion title last year, he finished so far ahead of two other contestants than the eyebrows were immediately raised.