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Lyles Celebrates 25th With Cruise Through World Qualifying

Noah Lyles, of the United States, wins a heat in the men's 200-meter run at the World Athletics Championships on Monday, July 18, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Noah Lyles, of the United States, wins a heat in the men's 200-meter run at the World Athletics Championships on Monday, July 18, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Eugene, Ore. (AP) -- Noah Lyles looked to his right and saw no one. He glanced over again, and still seeing nobody there, gave a playful wag of the finger to the six stragglers behind him.

All part of the fun — remember that word? — and part of the show delivered by America’s most engaging sprinter Monday, which happened to be both Lyles’ 25th birthday and opening night in his signature race, the 200 meters, at the world championships.