34,500 fans celebrated the ISTAF’s big athletics gala at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Sunday.
Two meet records, an annual world best, a Norwegian national record, 13 personal records and seven season bests, 158 athletes from around the world burned down the blue track once again.
But the biggest star was in the stands: American runner Noah Lyles, 26, a three-time world champion from Budapest, who won gold there in the 100-meter, 200-meter and relay races. But what does he do in Berlin when he is not running?
Lyles was camouflaged with sunglasses, watching his little brother, Josephus, 25. He ran the 200 meters in 20.52 seconds (a season’s best), but lost to German record holder Josueha Hartmann (24/20.14 seconds), who won the ISTAF race.
Would he have preferred to run against his older brother? Hartmann, who was stupidly eliminated in the preliminary round of the World Championship for leaving too early: “I already ran against Noah at the meeting in Zurich. Let’s see if I can get close to him in the new season. The size is still too big for me.”
In fact, the German record holder (20.02 seconds) could have had 19 before the decimal point long ago this season, but he spoiled the World Cup: “I had to take a lot of criticism after the World Cup, which was also justified “Because it’s me because I didn’t do well. It’s very good to win here and prove to everyone that I can do it.”
Hartmann ran four tenths faster in Berlin than he had in the World Cup. He will now run his final race in the Diamond League Final on September 16 in Eugene (USA), but in a race over 100 meters and again against Lyles, this time against the senior team.
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