Josephus Lyles

200m, 400m

Quick Facts

Date of Birth: July 22, 1998

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Residence: Clermont, Florida
High School: TC Williams

Personal Bests

60m 6.65 (2016)
100m 10.03 (2022)
200m 19.93 (2022)
400m 45.09 (2018)

Career Highlights

  • 2019 World Relays silver medalist, 4x400m
  • 5th, 2022 USATF Championships, 200m
  • 6th, 2018 USATF Championships, 400m
  • 2017 Pan-Am Junior Championships silver medalist, 400m
  • 2017 Pan-Am Junior Champion, 4x400m
  • World Under-20 Record-holder, 4x400m
  • 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships silver medalist, 400m
  • 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships bronze medalist, 200m
  • 2016 National High School Indoor Champion, 60m
  • 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships gold medalist, 4x400m


Success has been no stranger to Josephus Lyles. In just his second year of high school, Josephus won his first Virginia State High School Championships over 400m. Two weeks later, he claimed the national outdoor title, as well and ended his season with a gold medal in the 4x400m Relay at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

In 2015, Josephus was nearly unstoppable. He won Virginia state titles at both 200m and 400m, and won gold medals over 400m and in both relays at the Caribbean Scholastic Championships in Havana, Cuba. That June, he won the national under-18 title at 400m and represented the USA at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Calí, Colombia. In Colombia, Josephus won the silver medal over 400m and the bronze in the 200m.

Josephus’s senior season started out thrillingly, with the quarter-miler specialist winning the national high school title at 60m. Though injury late in the season curtailed his outdoor campaign, his results were impressive enough that Josephus turned pro and bypassed the US collegiate system to focus all his energies at the top level of the sport.

In his first full season as a professional, Josephus won the silver medal over 400m at the Pan-Am Junior Championships and ran a key leg on the USA's 4x400m relay at those championships, setting a new under-20 world record. A year later, Josephus qualified for his first senior US Championships final, taking sixth in the 400m.

Despite the limited opportunities to race, Josephus made the most of a truncated 2020 season, winning the 200m at the Drake Relays and finishing the year among the top-10 fastest men in the world at both 200m and 400m. In 2021, Josephus set new lifetime bests for 100m and 200m, and earned a spot at the Wanda Diamond League Final over 200m, where he finished fifth. A year later, Josephus continued his progress, setting new lifetime bests over 100m and 200m of 10.03 and 19.93, respectively, and a fifth-place finish over 200m at the USATF Championships.

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