Clermont, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2023) – Noah Lyles, the reigning world champion at 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay and American record-holder at 200m, has won the 2023 Jesse Owens Award.
“It’s an honor to receive my third Jesse Owens Award and to be associated with such a legendary athlete,” said Lyles. “I want to thank USATF for this award, as well as my coach, Lance Brauman, my family and everyone who supported me on this historic season. I couldn’t have done this alone and I can’t wait to pick up right where we left off for 2024.”
The Jesse Owens Award is given annually by USATF, the governing body for the sport of track and field in the United States, to the country’s best male track and field athlete. Lyles was 2023’s top sprinter, winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay this past summer at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Those world titles added to those he won at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in the 200m and in 2019 in the 200m and 4x100m relay.
With this year’s award, Lyles joins Michael Johnson as the only other man to win the Jesse Owens Award three times.