Lyles equals year’s fastest 100m, Rodgers withdraws

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(Reuters) – Noah Lyles equaled the fastest 100 meters time in the world this year when the 20-year-old ran 9.89 seconds in the semi-finals of the U.S. championships in Iowa on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – IAAF Athletics Diamond League meeting – Men’s 200m – Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China, May 13, 2017 – Noah Lyles of USA celebrates. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

The performance gave Lyles a share of the world lead with 33-year-old compatriot Mike Rodgers, who pulled out of Friday’s competition after running 9.89 on Thursday.

No immediate reason was given for Rodgers’ withdrawal.

Lyles and opening semi-final winner Ronnie Baker will face off later on Friday for the U.S. title. Baker, the world indoor 60m bronze medalist, clocked 9.94 seconds.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by John O’Brien

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