At the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the U.S. won all three of the men's 200-meter finals, with Noah Lyles breaking a previous American record.
Noah Lyles was aware that he had completed the best race of his life and, conceivably, the greatest 200-meter run by an American.
In the World Athletics Championships final on Thursday night, he finished so far ahead of the competition that as soon as he crossed the line, he turned to face his lone real rival: the clock.
The timing was identical to what Michael Johnson ran in the 200 metres at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, which would have thrilled any other athlete in the world.
Lyles appeared to be fighting with the clock while standing on the track after the race.
A U.S. sweep in the men's 200 metres was highlighted by the new record, with 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton taking home bronze and Kenneth Bednarek taking home silver.
Johnson was present to watch his record fall, working as a commentator for BBC Sport. He congratulated Lyles in person