Noah Lyles dominated the field in the men’s 200m dash as he won the event at Diamond League Monaco.
Lyles celebrated his 21st birthday in style, the wannabe rapper scorching to victory in 19.65 seconds, the fastest run this season and a meet record.
World champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey finished second in 19.99, but Lyles was well clear of the field in perfect, balmy conditions at Monaco’s Louis II stadium.
“It was a great race, especially improving the meet record,” said Lyles, a notoriously bad starter.
“I had the same (good) start as I had in Eugene and I felt it. It gives me confidence in what I can do next.”