Lyles wins championship, causes stir

Lyles wins championship, causes stir
Noah Lyles. (File Photo)

By Leslie Golden |

Olympian and Alexandria native Noah Lyles won three races at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary last week. He won both the 100m and 200m world titles and was on the 4×100 relay team that also secured a win. He’s the first man to win a sprint double since Usain Bolt in 2015.

Lyles has received pushback from NBA stars and other celebrities following remarks he made to reporters in Budapest following his wins.

At a press briefing, Lyles said, “World champion of what? The United States? Don’t get me wrong, I love the U.S., at times, but that ain’t the world. We are the world. We have almost every country out here fighting, thriving, putting on their flag to show they are represented. There ain’t no flags in the NBA.”

Kevin Durant, among others, took to social media to refute Lyles’ claims.

Lyles is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, now known as Alexandria City High School, and currently trains and lives in Florida.