Athletics: Sprint star Lyles doubles up at Hungary meet

American Lyles (above) breezed home ahead of Briton Adam Gemili.
American Lyles (above) breezed home ahead of Briton Adam Gemili.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PARIS (AFP) - World champion sprinter Noah Lyles won the 100 metre event at an athletics meet in Hungary on Wednesday (Aug 19), seeing off the competition with a run of 10.05 seconds.

Just over an hour later, he added the 200m for good measure.

American Lyles, who won world gold in the 200 metres in Doha last year, breezed home ahead of Briton Adam Gemili, who crossed the line at 10.28sec, at the second-tier event in Szekesfehervar.

The 23-year-old raised his right fist in homage to the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the race, just as he did at the Diamond League event in Monaco last week.

After fellow American Mike Rodgers was disqualified for a false start, Lyles' run was far short of the season's best of 9.86sec run by another American Michael Norman last month.

Sixty-five minutes later, Lyles claimed the 200m in 20.13sec.

"Now it's time to go home and get ready for next year," he said.