2024 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Night 9: Another crown for Noah Lyles (2024)

A double-double, secured.

Noah Lyles and Kenny Bednarek will both run the Olympic double — the men's 100m and 200m — in Paris. The U.S. stars shored that up with scorching times in the men's 200m final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.

Lyles erupted with a time of 19.53 seconds, smashing a 28-year-old U.S. Trials record, to win his second event at these Trials and secure his Olympic double. Lyles trailed Bednarek with 50m to go in the final but powered past "Kung Fu Kenny" in the home stretch to take the victory.

In second place, Bednarek posted a personal-best time of 19.59 to secure his spot in the Olympic 200m alongside Lyles and 20-year-old dynamo Erriyon Knighton.

In the trio's post-race interview with Lewis Johnson of NBC Sports, Bednarek teased his goal for Paris.

"I'm gonna get him next time," Bednarek said, staring Lyles down as he spoke.

The ninth night of Trials featured electrifying finals in the men's and women's 200m, women's 10,000m, women's shot put, women's long jump and men's discus. Also at Hayward Field:

  • Gabby Thomas soared to victory in the women's 200m final to advance to her second Olympic Games alongside first-time Olympians Brittany Brown and McKenzie Long. Sha'Carri Richardson finished fourth, failing to qualify for Paris in the 200m, but she'll race in the Olympic 100m and 4x100m relay this summer.
  • Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone ran the eighth-fastest women's 400m hurdles time ever (52.48 seconds) to cruise into the final alongside Dalilah Muhammad and seven others.
  • Andrew Evans and Joseph Brown booked Olympic spots in the men's discus.
  • Alaysha Johnson and Tonea Marshall posted the top times in the women's 100m hurdles semis, both advancing to the final.
  • Tara Davis-Woodhall is headed to her second Olympic Games. The 25-year-old won the women's long jump final with a top jump of 7.00m.
  • Chase Jackson is Olympic-bound for the first time, as the two-time world champion won the women's shot put final

See below for event recaps, highlights and more. U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials results by event.

Women's 100m hurdles semifinals

University of Oregon grad Alaysha Johnson logged the top women's 100m hurdles time of the night on her former home track, advancing to the final.

Johnson ran a season's best time of 12.36 seconds, winning her semifinal along with Tonea Marshall, who ran a personal-best 12.36, finishing a hair behind Johnson.

“I’m ready to get it going," Johnson said. "I think I’ve shown everyone that I’m not someone to mess with. I feel so blessed, so light-hearted and so taken care of.”

Christina Clemons and Masai Russell also won their respective heats. Nia Ali, a 2016 Rio Olympian, finished just .03-seconds behind Clemons in Semifinal 1 but advanced to the final with a time of 12.55.

ADVANCING TO FINAL
1. Alaysha Johnson | 12.36
2. Tonea Marshall | 12.36
3. Masai Russell | 12.36
4. Grace Stark | 12.45
5. Christina Clemons | 12.52
6. Keni Harrison | 12.52
7. Nia Ali | 12.55
8. Alia Armstrong | 12.67
9. Talie Bonds | 12.77

Women's 200m final

Gabby Thomas soared to victory in the women's 200m final with a time of 21.81 seconds to book her spot in Paris, her second Olympic Games. Thomas earned a 200m bronze at the Tokyo Games and next will pursue Olympic gold.

"This is incredible," Thomas said. "I knew I just needed to get today done. There's no gold medal in Paris without making the team today."

Brittany Brown finished just .09-seconds behind Thomas in a personal-best of 21.90, and will compete in her first Olympic Games. McKenzie Long's time of 21.91 means she'll also head to her first Olympics.

Long tragically lost her mother, Tara, in February and says she has carried her in her heart throughout this Olympic pursuit.

"All I can say is, 'Mom, your baby girl is going to Paris,'" Long said. "I'm just proud of myself. I'm doing it for you, mom."

Sha'Carri Richardson, who already secured her Olympic spot in the 100m, faded in the final 50m, finishing .25-seconds behind Long. Richardson will compete in Paris, but only in the 100m and likely the 4x100m relay.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Gabby Thomas* | 21.81
  2. Brittany Brown* | 21.90
  3. McKenzie Long* | 21.91
  4. Sha'Carri Richardson | 22.16
  5. Tamara Clark | 22.20
  6. Abby Steiner | 22.24
  7. Jenna Prandini | 22.58
  8. Jadyn Mays | 22.60
    *Secured Olympic spot

Men's discus final

Andrew Evans, an Olympian in 2016, won the men's discus final with a top throw of 66.61m, earning him his second Olympic spot. Evans, also a brewer at the Wax Wings Brewing Co. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, previously placed 16th in the discus at the Tokyo Games.

He'll head to Paris with Joseph Brown, who finished third to clinch a place on his first Olympic team. Sam Mattis, who placed second, has not met the Olympic standard of 67.20m, so he'll need to qualify later via World Athletics rankings.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Andrew Evans* | 66.61m
  2. Sam Mattis | 66.07m
  3. Joseph Brown* | 65.79m
  4. Reggie Jagers | 65.75m
  5. Turner Washington | 65.66m
  6. Marcus Gustaveson | 65.39m
  7. Brian Williams | 65.03m
  8. Jordan Roach | 62.24m
  9. Mitchell Weber | 61.08m

*Secured Olympic spot

Women's 400m hurdles semifinals

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone torched the competition in her 400m hurdles semifinal, running the eighth-fastest time in history at 52.48 seconds. The time is also the top time in the world this year.

McLaughlin-Levrone cruised into the final and made it look as easy as can be. She's dialed-in for the final.

"We'll let it fly tomorrow," McLaughlin-Levrone said after the race.

Two-time Olympic medalist Dalilah Muhammad, 34, finished nearly two full seconds behind McLaughlin-Levrone, but her second-place finish was enough to clinch her spot in the final.

In the second and third semis, Shamier Little and Anna co*ckrell reigned supreme, each advancing to the final, which features the top-nine runners.

ADVANCING TO FINALS:

  1. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone | 52.48
  2. Anna co*ckrell | 52.95
  3. Shamier Little | 53.49
  4. Jasmine Jones | 53.66
  5. Rachel Glenn | 53.68
  6. Dalilah Muhammad | 54.16
  7. Cassandra Tate | 54.66
  8. Sydni Townsend | 55.26
  9. Akala Garrett | 55.34

Women's long jump final

The women's long jump final delivered a heap of drama.

Tara Davis-Woodhall, the 2024 World Indoors champion, earned a berth at her second Olympic Games. Davis-Woodhall won the women's long jump final with a tremendous leap of 7.00m in her fifth attempt. The 25-year-old fought through three faults to stay alive and win the final.

Jasmine Moore posted her season's best jump, 6.98m, to clinch her Olympic spot. And in her final attempt of the night, Monae' Nichols, who had yet to hit the Olympic standard of 6.86, jumped exactly that to move into third and hit the standard, thus punching her ticket to Paris.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Tara Davis-Woodhall* | 7.00m
  2. Jasmine Moore* | 6.98m
  3. Monae' Nichols* | 6.86m
  4. Quanesha Burks | 6.80m
  5. Lex Brown | 6.77m
  6. Nicole Warwick | 6.61m
  7. Madisen Richards | 6.59m
  8. Tiffany Flynn | 6.52m
  9. Morgan Smalls | 6.43m
    *Secured Olympic spot

Women's shot put final

After winning two world titles, Chase Jackson qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time.

Jackson fell just 2 centimeters shy of a U.S. Trials record with her fourth-round toss of 20.10m. That number topped the field and sends Jackson to Paris, where she'll be joined on the U.S. team by Raven Saunders and Jaida Ross.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Chase Jackson* | 20.10m
  2. Raven Saunders* | 19.90m
  3. Jaida Ross* | 19.60m
  4. Adelaide Aquilla | 18.92m
  5. Jessica Ramsey | 18.81m
  6. Maggie Ewen | 18.62m
  7. KeAyla Dove | 18.39m
  8. Jessica Woodard | 18.37m
    *Secured Olympic spot

Women's 10,000m final

Weini Kelati won an exhilarating women's 10,000m final, storming ahead in the home stretch to make her first Olympic team.

Kelati's story is inspiring. Born in Eritrea, she sought asylum in the U.S. in 2014 and moved in with a relative in Virginia, knowing no English. Kelati became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2021 and will now represent her nation at the Olympic Games.

"This means a lot," Kelati said. "I can't believe it. It was hard mentally, but I was prepared."

Parker Valby finished just .49-seconds behind Kelati in the thrilling finish. The six-time NCAA champion is likely headed to Paris via rankings but has yet to officially qualify, as she hasn't hit the standard.

"It's surreal," Valby said. "I'm not usually an emotional person, but I could cry right now."

Karissa Schweizer finished third and is a safe bet to qualify for Paris in her second event. She's also running in the Olympic 5000m.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Weini Kelati* | 31:41.07
  2. Parker Valby | 31:41.56
  3. Karissa Schweizer | 31:41.56
  4. Jessica McClain | 32:04.57
  5. Amanda Vestri | 32:11.00
  6. Kellyn Taylor | 32:12.02
  7. Maggie Montoya | 32:13.26
  8. Erika Kemp | 32:21.84
  9. Elena Henes | 32:25.17
  10. Keira D'Amato | 32:25.77
    *Secured Olympic spot

Men's 200m final

Noah Lyles stormed to a U.S. Olympic Trials record in the men's 200m final and into his second Olympic 200m. Lyles posted a scorching time of 19.53 seconds, edging in front of Kenny Bednarek in the final 50m. The victory secures Lyles' fourth U.S. title in the 200m.

"I'm truly blessed," Lyles said. "The USA is the USA. We don't give anything. You have to take from us."

Bednarek, like Lyles, will run in the 100m/200m double in Paris. His blistering 19.59 in the final is his lifetime best.

"It means the world to go to the Olympics and represent my country," Bednarek said.

And 20-year-old Erriyon Knighton booked a spot in his second Olympic Games. In his first competition of 2024, Knighton cruised into the final and posted a hot 19.77 to qualify for Paris.

"When you listen to your coach, you can pretty much do anything you want to," Knighton said. "Now, we made this team. I'm really grateful."

In each event at Trials, the top-three finishers earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. And after finishing a devastating fourth in the men's 100m final, Christian Coleman mirrored that again in the 200m, finishing fourth with a time of 19.89.

FINAL RESULTS:

  1. Noah Lyles* | 19.53
  2. Kenny Bednarek* | 19.59
  3. Erriyon Knighton* | 19.77
  4. Christian Coleman | 19.89
  5. Kyree King | 19.90
  6. Courtney Lindsey | 20.00
  7. Robert Gregory | 20.56
  8. Jeremiah Curry | 20.57
  9. Jamarion Stubbs | 20.60
    *Secured Olympic spot

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