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Americans Noah Lyles and Erriyon Knighton went 1-2, while Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala finished third while setting the African best over the 150m distance — an ineligible event for official records. They raced at the Atlanta City Games, Saturday evening.

Omanyala finished in 14.89 seconds, Lyles clocked 14.56 for the win, while Knighton took second in 14.85.

Omanyala, the Commonwealth Games and African 100m champion was leading through 100m before Lyles, who is the reigning two-time World 200m champion, took over with a powerful finish.

The former African best was 14.99 by Namibian Frankie Fredericks. This performance adds to his African 100m record of 9.77 achieved at the 2020 Kip Keino Classic. This race was a tune-up for the 2023 Kip Keino Classic. The Fredericks record was run on a 400m track with a bend, while the Atlanta sprint was on a straight 150m run.

Fredricks set the 150m best during the 1993 World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. There, he won the 200m title in a championships record time of 19.85.

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Noah Lyles, OLY @LylesNoah

Men’s 150m Final 1, Wind: +0.3

1.Noah LYLESUSA14.56
2.Erriyon KNIGHTONUSA14.85
3.Ferdinand OMANYALAKEN14.89
4.Antonio WATSONJAM14.93
5.Nethaneel MITCHELL-BLAKEGBR15.05
Full results