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)
200m 20.74 (2015)
400m 45.30 (2017)

Career Highlights

  • 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

Background

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 Carribean 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.

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