Noah Lyles says there is not any Canada vs. USA relay rivalry

The world 100m and 200m champion, Noah Lyles, is speaking the discuss after successful his first World Athletics Relays gold medal, anchoring the Individuals within the males’s 4x100m relay over Canada, who gained silver.

Within the combined zone, Lyles was requested by a reporter whether or not he thought there was a budding rivalry between the American and Canadian groups (with Canada having crushed them two years in the past on American soil on the 2022 World Championships). Lyles responded, “Canada who?”

“Rivalry between who? Who? Who?” Lyles yelled. “I imply, I wasn’t on the workforce final time, so. Each time I’ve been on the anchor [leg], we win. That’s all I obtained to say.”

The American 4x100m workforce burst out laughing at Lyles’s chirp on the Canadians. This marked the primary relay matchup between Workforce USA and Canada for the reason that Canadians gained gold on American soil on the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The Individuals got here into the 2024 World Athletics Relays because the top-ranked workforce, coming off a world 4x100m title in Budapest final August. The Canadian 4x100m workforce didn’t attain the ultimate, working the heats with out their common anchor, Andre De Grasse.

Workforce USA has not gained Olympic gold within the males’s 4x100m since Sydney 2000. When requested whether or not Lyles felt any further stress, he claimed the U.S. would have taken the gold medal dwelling if he had been on the relay workforce on the Tokyo Olympics. The Canadian males’s 4x100m relay workforce has gained medals on the final two Olympic Video games–silver at Tokyo 2020 and bronze at Rio 2016.

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Noah Lyles edges out Canada’s Andre De Grasse within the males’s 4x100m relay ultimate in Nassau, Bahamas. Picture: Kevin Morris

The Canadian workforce completed a couple of half a second again of the Individuals, even with De Grasse working the third-fastest 100m relay cut up (8.96 seconds) within the males’s ultimate, solely behind U.S. sprinters Lyles (8.88) and Kenny Bednarek (8.95).

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