In a dazzling ceremony in Monaco, track and field stars gathered for the World Athletics Awards 2023, where the spotlight shone brightest on the exceptional talents of the sport. Among the luminaries, Noah Lyles emerged as the Male World Athlete of the Year in the track category, a recognition of his phenomenal achievements during the year.
Lyles, the dynamic U.S. sprinter, clinched victory in the men's 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4x100 relay at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary. His outstanding performances earned him the prestigious title of Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.
Sharing the stage with Lyles were other remarkable athletes who claimed top honors in their respective categories:
Track Athlete of the Year: Faith Kipyegon, KEN (1500m/mile/5000m)
Field Athlete of the Year: Yulimar Rojas, VEN (Triple Jump)
Out of Stadium Athlete of the Year: Tigist Assefa, ETH (Marathon)
Rising Star: Faith Cherotich, KEN (Steeplechase)
Track Athlete of the Year: Noah Lyles, USA (100m/200m)
Field Athlete of the Year: Mondo Duplantis, SWE (Pole Vault)
Out of Stadium Athlete of the Year: Kelvin Kiptum, KEN (Marathon)
Rising Star: Emmanuel Wanyonyi, KEN (800m)
The diversity and talent displayed by these athletes showcased the global impact of track and field, each contributing to the rich tapestry of the sport.
Noah Lyles, at 26 years old, believed he was among five contenders for the overall men's athlete of the year award, challenging the tradition of honoring only one man and one woman each year since the awards' inception in 1988. Regardless, his exceptional speed and dominance rightfully earned him the coveted title.
Adding a touch of glamour to the evening was Lyles' Jamaican girlfriend and athlete, Junelle Bromfield, standing proudly by his side. Their regal presence exemplified the essence of track royalty. Bromfield, a constant support to Lyles, has shared in his triumphs, including victories in the 100 and 200 meters.
The World Athletics Awards 2023 not only celebrated individual accomplishments but also underscored the collective brilliance that defines the world of track and field.