Noah Lyles and Sha’Carri Richardson Shine as USA Track and Field Athletes of the Year

The world champions will be named at the USATF Night of Legends on Dec. 2 in Orlando.

History was made as Noah Lyles secured his third USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year award while Sha’Carri Richardson celebrated her first win in the prestigious category.

NBC Sports reported that Lyles, who won the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100-meter at the 2022 World Championships in August, is now one of only two men to win the Jesse Owens Award three times, joining Michael Johnson. Lyles also won the award in 2018 and 2022.

Lyles and Ryan Crouser are up for the World Athletics Male Athlete of the Year, with the winner set to be revealed on Dec. 11 as part of the World Athletics Awards. The last American to win was Ashton Eaton in 2015.

Then there’s Richardson, who won gold in the 100-meter and 4x100-meter, as well as the bronze in the 200-meter at the world championships. She became the first woman whose primary event is the 100-meter to win the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award since Carmelita Jeter in 2011.

Among the 11 nominees for World Athletics’ Female Athlete of the Year, Richardson was the lone American. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone won the Joyner-Kersee Award in 2021 and 2022 but missed this season’s worlds due to a minor knee issue.

Richardson won her first world title in the 100-meter at the World Athletics Championships in stunning fashion. Her time of 10.65 seconds beat out Jamaicans Shericka Jackson and five-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who were considered favorites in the event. 

Richardson, who missed the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, said after her victory that she was determined to get back to the top of the world of track.

Surrounded by reporters after the race, she said, "I would say 'never give up.' Never allow media, never allow outsiders, never allow anything but yourself and your faith define who you are. I would say 'Always fight. No matter what, fight.'"

Richardson and her coach Dennis Mitchell will receive recognition at the USATF Night of Legends on Dec. 2 in Orlando. In addition to leading Richardson to victories at World Championships and Diamond League events, Mitchell has coached TeeTee Terry, a world champion in the 4x100-meter women’s relay, and guided Kenny Bednarek to the 200-meter final at the Olympics in Budapest, as reported by


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