New Balance GP Men — Lyles Faster Than Ever

Working on the early part of his race paid off with a PR 60 for Noah Lyles. (KEVIN MORRIS)

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, February 06 — Lots of athletes were happy about their performances at the New Balance Indoor GP, but none seemed more overjoyed than Noah Lyles. The reigning world outdoor 200 champ raised his arm in the air and let out a huge scream before commencing an exuberant celebration after winning the 60 in a PR 6.56.

In a dominant performance at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex, he pulled away from the field over the final 20m and trimmed 0.01 off his previous best, set in ’18. “It feels so good to actually be in the mix of the race instead of having to run from behind,” he said, reflecting on his disappointing 4th-place finish at Millrose the previous week.

He noted that he has been studying the starts and early phases of quick-getaway artists Trayvon Bromell and Christian Coleman to help improve his own technique, adding that it’s about “making sure that I’m in the race from the beginning and not trying to play catch-up. That’s been my whole struggle in my whole career running track, always trying to force myself back into the race and then taking over.”

Bromell, the runner-up in the Millrose 60, stepped up to the 200 this time around, and won easily in a modest 20.64 despite struggling with the banked turns. “I had a goal to come out here and run something crazy, but my last indoor 200 was 2016, so coming back 6 years later and trying to do it was tough,” he said. “The last 50 was easier than the rest of the race, coming off the bank and trying to keep composure.”

Grant Holloway won the 60H in a world-leading 7.37, the =9th fastest time ever by an American. “It’s my first race of 2022 so it was about getting out there and having some fun,” said the WR holder (7.29), who hopes to win a gold in Belgrade in March to go with his outdoor gold from Doha. “Winning world indoors is the main goal and whenever I have a great indoor season I have a great outdoor season, so it’s about continuing to work hard and do everything right.”

It was a good day for Spaniards, with Mariano García and Adel Mechaal winning the 800 and 3000. Both set national records, García with a 1:45.12 and Mechaal at 7:30.82, pulling away from the field at 2000 and running the final kilometer solo in 2:25.91.

Ireland’s Andrew Coscoran stormed the last two laps of the mile in 55.76 to win in a PR 3:53.64, passing frontrunning American Colby Alexander (3:53.83) just before the tape.

Donald Scott hit 54-8¾ (16.68) on his final attempt to steal the triple jump victory from Jah Nhai Perinchief by 5 inches.


NEW BALANCE MEN’S RESULTS

(200 banked: WA Indoor Tour Gold)

60: 1. Noah Lyles (US) 6.56 PR; 2. Mario Burke (Bar) 6.63; 3. Travis Collins (US) 6.64; 4. Miles Lewis (PR) 6.67; 5. Mike Rodgers (US) 6.68; 6. Demek Kemp (US) 6.69; 7. Andrew Hudson (US) 6.70; 8. Ryiem Forde (Jam) 6.72.

Heats: I–1. Lyles 6.64; 2. Kemp 6.68; 3. Lewis 6.68; 4. Hudson 6.70. II–1. Collins 6.65; 2. Rodgers 6.67; 3. Burke 6.67; 4. Forde 6.69; 5. Omar McLeod (Jam) 6.80.

200: 1. Trayvon Bromell (US) 20.64; 2. Christopher Taylor (Jam) 20.81 PR; 3. Elijah Hall-Thompson (US) 20.82; 4. Josephus Lyles (US) 20.84 PR; 5. Jahnoy Thompson (Jam) 21.68.

400: 1. Jereem Richards (Tri) 45.83 PR; 2. Vernon Norwood (US) 46.06; 3. Kahmari Montgomery (US) 46.24; 4. Philip Osei (Can) 46.59; 5. Noah Williams (US) 47.08.

800: 1. Mariano Garcia (Spa) 1:45.12 NR (WL) (52.61/52.51);

2. Bryce Hoppel (US) 1:46.08 (52.42/52.66); 3. Tony van Diepen (Neth) 1:46.49 PR; 4. Kyle Langford (GB) 1:46.52; 5. Guy Learmonth (GB) 1:46.90;

6. Will Sumner (US) 1:48.14 PR (2, 2 HS) (53.89/54.25);

7. Drew Piazza (US) 1:50.19;… rabbit—Anthony Hawthorne (US) (51.39).

Mile: 1. Andrew Coscoran (Ire) 3:53.64 PR (3:38.80); 2. Colby Alexander (US) 3:53.83 (3:37.65); 3. Luke McCann (Ire) 3:53.87 PR (3:39.02 PR); 4. Geordie Beamish (NZ) 3:55.14 PR (3:39.86 PR); 5. Saul Ordóñez (Spa) 3:55.27 PR (3:40.29); 6. Johnny Gregorek (US) 3:56.41 (3:39.88);

7. Hobbs Kessler (US) 3:57.10 PR (3:41.17 AJR—old AJR 3:41.93 Drew Hunter [VaHS] ’16);

8. Marco Arop (Can) 3:59.66 (3:42.35 PR); 9. Michael Wilson (GB) 3:59.79 PR (3:43.47 PR); 10. Paul Ryan (US) 4:00.02 (3:43.52 PR).

3000: 1. Adel Mechaal (Spa) 7:30.82 NR; 2. Andrew Butchart (GB) 7:37.42 PR; 3. Luis Grijalva (Gua) 7:37.42 PR; 4. Jake Wightman (GB) 7:37.81 PR; 5. Maximilian Thorwirth (Ger) 7:38.14 PR; 6. Jonas Raess (Swi) 7:39.49 NR; 7. Tom Mortimer (GB) 7:40.97 PR; 8. Azeddine Habz (Fra) 7:43.33 PR; 9. Mason Ferlic (US) 7:45.86 PR; 10. Daniel Arce (Spa) 8:02.25.

60H: 1. Grant Holloway (US) 7.37 (WL, AL) (x, =14 W; x =9 A);

2. Trey Cunningham (US) 7.47; 3. Devon Allen (US) 7.51; 4. Daniel Roberts (US) 7.60; 5. Freddie Crittenden (US) 7.71; 6. Valdó Szűcs (Hun) 7.73; 7. Ruebin Walters (Tri) 7.76; 8. Robert Dunning (US) 7.82.

Field Event

TJ: 1. Donald Scott (US) 54-8¾ (16.68); 2. Jah-Nhai Perinchief (Ber) 54-3¾ (16.55); 3. Will Claye (US) 54-0 (16.46); 4. Mateus de Sá (Bra) 52-2 (15.90); 5. Isaiah Griffith (US) 51-8¼ (15.75); 6. Jordan Scott (Jam) 51-2¼ (15.60).

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