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Lyles clocks 19.74 to win 200 at rainy Diamond League finals

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American sprinter Noah Lyles raced to the 200 meters title at the Diamond League finals on Friday, extending his winning run ahead of the world championships. A chill Brussels evening was hardly good preparation for competing in Qatar's heat. Steady rain and stomach pains tested Lyles to clock 19.74 seconds. Only two other men have been faster this season. Defending world champion Ramil Guliyev was second in 19.86

BRUSSELS (AP) — American sprinter Noah Lyles raced to the 200 meters title at the Diamond League finals on Friday, extending his winning run ahead of the world championships.

A chill Brussels evening was hardly good preparation for Qatar's heat, but steady rain and stomach pains tested Lyles to clock 19.74 seconds. Only two other men have been faster this season.

"What a chaotic race it was. But I'm glad I could handle this," said Lyles, who was poised in the starting block when rain began falling.

A little legal wind assistance helped carry the gold-medal favorite to within 0.24 of his personal record, set in July in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The defending world champion, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, was level with Lyles deep into the straight, and was pulled through to his season-best time of 19.86 as runner-up.

The world championships start on Sept. 27 in Doha.

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