Noah Lyles defeated South African Wayde van Niekerk to take the gold medal in the 200m race at the 2022 USA Track and Field Championships

In doing so, he not only won his first major title but also broke Michael Johnson’s 20-year-old record of 19.32 seconds

A truly astounding accomplishment by any measure, except perhaps by Michael Johnson’s own standard of 19.32 seconds set in 1996. Here’s how the prodigal son did it.

In 1996, Michael Johnson ran the 200m in 19.32 seconds, setting a world record that would stand for over a decade. In 2006

Usain Bolt ran the 100m in 9.69 seconds, setting a world record that still stands today. And in 2018, Noah Lyles ran the 200m in 19.08 seconds