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Noah Lyles Angers U.S. Teammates, Fires Back at 400-Meter Controversy Ahead of Paris Olympics: “Push Me Out”

The sixth edition of the World Athletics Relays kicks off this weekend in the Bahamas, marking a return to Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau for the first time since 2017. This year’s event will feature a streamlined schedule with a main focus on sprint events. . The races include the 4x100m and 4x400m relays for both men and women, as well as the mixed 4x400m relay. Although the selection of events is limited, the stage is set for an exciting display of sprinting talent, with numerous star athletes set to showcase their skills at the third of four global championship events this year.

One of the most anticipated athletes, Noah Lyles, had previously hinted at the possibility of competing in the 4x400m relay following his impressive performance at the World Indoor Championships. However, he recently announced that he will only participate in the 4x100m relay this weekend during the World Relays. Lyles, who was part of the US 4x400m team that won a silver medal at the World Indoors, has expressed his intention to compete in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

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In a post on CITIUS MAG’s X addressing the speculation surrounding his participation in the 4x400m relay, Lyles made a bold statement: “Let’s just say a lot of people in the US were very, very angry that I was riding the 4×400. And to that I say: Run faster. Push me out.” He said he is training for the event, but only for the Paris Olympics.

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Lyles’ decision comes after controversy erupted in March when Fred Kerley criticized the USATF (USA Track & Field) for including Lyles on the 4x400m relay team despite his lack of experience in the event. Kerley, along with other athletes such as Kenny Bednarek who previously specialized in the 400 meters, expressed a desire to compete in relay events at various championships and the Olympics, but was overlooked.

In a tweet, Kerley expressed his frustration, saying: “Man, I’m telling you, we’ve been asking to be in that Olympic storyline for the last three years, and your puppets aren’t in there either.” The controversy surrounding the selection of relay teams highlights the complexities and challenges faced by athletes who aspire to represent their country at the highest level of competition. As the World Relays approach, all eyes will be on Noah Lyles.