American Noah Lyles has had his world record ruled out due to an incorrect track measurement.
Lyles appeared to have set an astonishing new 200m world record of 18.90 seconds in the Inspiration Games. However, it was later revealed he ran only 185m.
Lyles’ time would have smashed the 19.19-second mark set by Jamaican great Usain Bolt back in 2009.
Given Lyles’ personal best is 19.50 and he was running into a strong headwind, the time was immediately challenged.
“That cannot be right!” said BBC commentator Steve Cram.
Around five minutes later Cram revealed world champion Lyles, running on his own in Florida, had started from the wrong lane and run 15m less than his rivals at other tracks.
The Inspiration Games were run at different venues around Europe and broadcast live on TV.
Athletes competed from different venues around the world with starting guns firing simultaneously and athletes’ efforts shown alongside each other on television in a split-screen broadcast.
Lyles, was racing opponents Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina, competing in Switzerland and the Netherlands respectively.