I want ‘all the Olympic medals’, says World champion Lyles

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Noah Lyles expresses his ambition to secure “all the Olympic medals” following his achievement of a personal best while winning the 60m at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old American won in 6.44 seconds, which is the 2024 fastest time and 0.10 seconds faster than Christian Coleman’s indoor world record.

Lyles, the world champion in the 100, 200, and 4×100 meters, will compete in all three events at the Summer Olympics in Paris this summer.

“I don’t care who wants it. It’s mine,” he said.

“I just improved my 60m, the worst part of my race. It’s dangerous out here.

“I’m just thinking about in 2022 when I PR’ed [set a personal record] and I ran an American record and last year when I PR’ed at this meet and I became the three-time world champion.

“Now I’m looking another major PR.

“Guess what that means? We’re coming after everything – all the Olympic medals.”

Ackeem Blake of Jamaica lost to Lyles by 0.01 seconds, and Ronnie Baker of the United States finished third.

The World Indoor Championships are scheduled for March 1-3 in Glasgow, and the Olympics start on July 26.

Wightman second on return from injury

On his long-awaited comeback from injury, Jake Wightman of Britain placed second in the 1500m.

Due to foot, shin, and hamstring issues, the Scot has been out of commission for 13 months, making it impossible for him to defend his world title in Budapest last summer.

Wightman’s indoor personal best time of 3 minutes 34.06 seconds was outside the Olympic qualifying time of 3:33.50 and 0.07 seconds behind the American Hobbs Kessler.

“It felt a bit weird being back but it is good to get started,” said Wightman.

“I was hoping to tick few things off today – the win and the standard, and I got neither – so on reflection not the best outcome.

“But you have to start somewhere. I haven’t raced in a while so maybe I should just be grateful I’m in one piece.”