After winning the Atlanta City Games on Sunday morning, world 200m champion Noah Lyles appeared to disparage his fellow competitors, including home and African star Ferdinand Omanyala.
Despite a poor start, Lyles topped Omanyala in the 150m race, recording 14.56 seconds.
Omanyala, Africa’s fastest man and 100m record holder established an African record in 14.89 seconds, breaking the 14.99 seconds set by Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks in 1993. He came in third place, trailing Lyles and Erriyon Knighton.
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Last year, Knighton took bronze in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Lyles went to his fellow competitors after finishing the race and shot them with an imagined gun, clearly aimed at Knighton and Omanyala. The gesture garnered mixed reactions online, with some mistaking it for an insult.
Lyles acknowledged his gesture wasn’t an accident on Twitter after the game, although he seemed to imply he won’t do it again.
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Nevertheless, Omanyala was competing in the discipline for the first time, hence it was a good start which may lead to fierce competition between two sprinters the in the near future.
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