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(BROOKLYN, New York): Noah Lyles of the US was denied a 200m world record in the Inspiration Games after it was revealed he ran only 185m because of a blunder by the organizers. The 22-year-old’s 200m world champion’s time of 18.90sec last week would have bettered the 19.19 mark set by the Jamaican great Usain Bolt in 2009.

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“That CANNOT be right, can it?” At first glance, USA’s Noah Lyles appears to clock 18.91 in the men’s 200m race at the #InspirationGames
But it turns out he began from the wrong starting block, only running 185m, NOT 200m. But still very fast 🔥https://t.co/YUCNA8cqpP pic.twitter.com/17cVvvkqdX

Lyles set the time racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe. Given his personal best is 19.50, the time was immediately challenged. The world champion Lyles later tweeted: “You can’t be playing with my emotions like this….Got me in the wrong lane smh.” He later tweeted again to say he had in fact started on the wrong line.

The farcical ending to one of the event’s headline races will be a major embarrassment to organizers of the Inspiration Games, which sees 30 track and field athletes compete across eight disciplines in an innovative team event spanning seven stadiums and three continents.

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