World 200m champion Noah Lyles admits long-term psychological problems compounded by pandemic, Olympic postponement, BLM movement

American Lyles, who won gold in the 200 metres and the 4x100m relay in Doha last year and was hotly tipped for the success at the Tokyo Games, announced earlier this month that he was on anti-depressants.

Agence France-Presse August 13, 2020 12:49:12 IST
World 200m champion Noah Lyles admits long-term psychological problems compounded by pandemic, Olympic postponement, BLM movement

Paris: World champion sprinter Noah Lyles revealed on Wednesday that he has had psychological problems since he was eight years old, issues that worsened with the coronavirus pandemic, the postponement of the Olympics and the Black Lives Matter movement.

American Lyles, who won gold in the 200 metres and the 4x100m relay in Doha last year and was hotly tipped for the success at the Tokyo Games, announced earlier this month that he was on anti-depressants.

"I probably deal with it since I was eight years old, all different forms at different times of my life," the 23-year-old said ahead of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

World 200m champion Noah Lyles admits longterm psychological problems compounded by pandemic Olympic postponement BLM movement

Noah Lyles competes in the men's 200m during the Inspiration Games exhibition event. AFP

"But it probably just got the worst in April, it's probably the hardest I have ever had to deal with. I think it's a kind of perfect storm, dealing with the COVID, having the Olympic Games postponed, so you are like 'OK, where I am going to put my attention?'.

"The Black Lives movement, that really put the final nail on the coffin."

The American sprint star has often shown a bubbly, cheerful personality in front of the cameras to go with his blistering performances, but admits that he has experienced dark moments.

"I was just like 'I just can't do this anymore'.

"My mother was just like 'it's time to put you on medication', and I said yes because everything I am doing, that I used to do, is not working anymore."

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