Noah Lyles: Chasing Gold

Noah Lyles is ready for the moment

The fastest man across 200 meters this year wants more in Tokyo

The best athletes on the planet will gather in Tokyo this summer, hoping to etch their names in the Olympic record books. For track star Noah Lyles, it’s a convergence of passions. The 2019 world champion is a favorite for the medals podium, having posted the year’s fastest 200-meter time at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Off the track, Lyles is as colorful as he is thoughtful. The 24-year-old Alexandria native is a connoisseur of anime and manga, Japan’s popular forms of storytelling, utilized for fiction and nonfiction alike. For “Chasing Gold,” Washington Post reporters interviewed Lyles and the people around him. Scenes reflect the subjects’ memories and other reporting, though some dialogue has been edited for length, clarity and style.

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Art by Andy Belanger, coloring by Tatto Caballero and lettering by Serge LaPointe. Editing by Matt Rennie and Virginia Singarayar. Copy editing by Scott Silverstein. Design and development by Joe Moore, Leo Dominguez and Jake Crump.

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post. He has written about the NFL since joining The Post in 2009, including three seasons as beat writer for the Washington Redskins.
Adam Kilgore covers national sports for The Washington Post. Previously, he served as The Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
Joe Moore is the art director for Launcher, the Washington Post's home for coverage of video games and esports. He works throughout the newsroom on print and digital projects. He was previously the lead sports designer at The Boston Globe.