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Grant Holloway and Noah Lyles, above, took the Virginia High School League’s seismic leap to the top of the athletics world.
Both former state players clinched gold at last week’s World Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Holloway, who won the 110-meter hurdles, hails from Grassfield High in Chesapeake.
Lyles, the 200-meter champion, shone his star at TC Williams High in Alexandria.
Holloway broke the tape in 13.03, just past his personal best of 12.81 set in 2021. The world record of 12.80 was set by Belgian Aries Merritt in 2012.
Olympic hurdler champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica has withdrawn due to injury. In addition, American Devon Allen, who set the fastest time this year before the Worlds, had a false start and was disqualified. Allen is now heading to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles camp to train as a wide receiver.
Ripping off his jersey at the finish, Lyles led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Americans in the 200m, setting a world record 19.31. This beat the existing mark of 19.32 set by American Michael Johnson in 1996.
Ken Bednarek took the silver in 19.77 while Erriyon Knighton, 18, of Tampa was third in 19.80.
Virginia State narrowly missed out on a third medal when Britton Wilson finished fifth in the 400 hurdles behind world champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin.
The Virginians can claim a small share of McLaughlin’s success. On May 5, she married former University of Virginia football player Andre Levrone.
Wilson, of Mills Godwin High at Western Henrico, has an excellent chance to represent the United States at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. She is currently a student at the University of Arkansas.