Tokyo 2020: Sprint star Noah Lyles wants to be example to anyone struggling with mental health

Noah Lyles, mental health issues, Tokyo, Team USA, Tokyo Olympics, Olympics 2021

Noah Lyles of Team United States celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Men’s 200m Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)

Sprint star Noah Lyles says that he wants to be an example to anyone struggling to cope with mental health issues.

The Team USA athlete, who won bronze in the 200m final in Tokyo, broke down in tears after the event as he described a difficult year that saw him go on and off anti-depressants.

The Floridian publicly announced on social media in 2020 that he had started to take the medication, but came off them ahead of the delayed games.

Lyles, 24, spoke openly about his mental health to reporters after the race at the Olympic stadium and became the latest star, after Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, to address the issue.

“Somebody asked me why I told people on Twitter that I was on antidepressants. It was strictly for the idea that I had taken something and it made me feel better,” Lyles said.

“I knew there were a lot of people out there like me who were too scared to say something or even start that journey.”

And he added: “I wanted them to know if you guys see me in a big light, I want you to know that it’s OK not to feel good and you can go out and talk to somebody. … This is a serious issue. You don’t want to wake up one day and think, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’”

Lyles also shed tears for his sprinter brother, Josephus, who failed to make it to Tokyo with him on Team USA.

“Sometimes I think to myself, ‘This should be him,’” admitted Lyles.

“I’d be okay not being here. I feel like I have a lot of talents, and I feel I can go in different directions. He’s talented in his own right. But at the same time, it wasn’t even my dream. I just tagged along because I love my brother.”

Lyles says his ability on the track has helped him deal with his own bouts of depression.

“When I was able to do track, I felt that everything had been lifted and I would actually be able to live my life,” said Lyles, who is also a talented artist, photographer and musician.

“I’m using outlets of music and track and everything else to help me get through those tough moments and saying if this doesn’t go right in track, I have a life outside of it.

“I’m not defined by being an Olympic bronze medalist or gold-medal world champion or the high schooler that went pro. That’s not who I am. I’m Noah Lyles.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

News Related


Marc Brys pas surpris : "Je m'attendais à ce que Sowah réussisse"

Kamal Sowah, fer de lance d’OHL la saison passée, s’impose déjà à Bruges. Il va retrouver ses anciennes couleurs ce vendredi. © Sowah La saison passée, Kamal Sowah (21 ... Read more »

Kompany a un choix de luxe : "J'étais le seul coach de l'histoire d'Anderlecht à ne pas avoir d'options offensives"

Vincent Kompany peut désormais se permettre de mettre Joshua Zirkzee sur le banc. Quel changement par rapport à la saison passée et la Nmecha-dépendance. © photonews Zirkzee Vincent Kompany a ... Read more »

Rugby: Wallabies coach questions new World Rugby contact guidance

Wallabies’ head coach Dave Rennie monitoring the players during the captain’s run at the Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast on Sept 11, 2021. BRISBANE (AFP) – Wallabies coach Dave ... Read more »

Dopage : Pogacar est ciblé

© Fournis par Et à 22 ans, cette deuxième victoire en appelle d’autres. Lâché par Julian Alaphilippe et Benoit Cosnefroy à la Bretagne Classic ou avalé par Filippo Ganna, ... Read more »

Extrenér reprezentace Hadamczik: O Králově minulosti jsem měl tušení, změna musí přijít

© Alois Hadamczik Že měl Tomáš Král takovouto pochybnou minulost krátce před listopadem 1989, o tom měl Alois Hadamczik jakési tušení už dlouho. Podle svých slov totiž o tom ... Read more »

FC Barcelone : Ousmane Dembélé se rapproche d'une proglongation

L’ailier du Barça va rencontre les dirigeants du club catalan et devrait bientôt renouveler son bail avec les Blaugrana. © Fournis par 90min Dembélé vers une prolongation | Quality Sport ... Read more »

Real Madrid : la qualité de Benzema qui rend jaloux Lewandowski

Soulier d’Or 2021, Robert Lewandowski n’a pas hésité à mettre en avant les qualités d’un de ses meilleurs rivales, Karim Benzema. © Icon Sport Karim Benzema, l’attaquant du Real Madrid ... Read more »

Preis von Europa: Fußball-Star Griezmann schickt Stute nach Köln

Köln. Erst wählen gehen (Bundestagswahl) dann ab auf die Rennbahn. So könnte das Programm für viele Kölner am Sonntag (26. September 2021) aussehen, denn erstmals sind wieder 8000 Besucher zugelassen ... Read more »

Jackwerth wird unruhig: «Bei mir beginnt die Uhr zu ticken»

Beim Tabellenvorletzten FC Ingolstadt wächst vor dem Heimspiel gegen Fortuna Düsseldorf die Nervosität. Auch der Druck auf den beim Fußball-Zweitligisten vom Nachwuchs- zum Proficoach beförderten Roberto Pätzold nimmt zu. Vorstandsboss ... Read more »

Calf injury prevented Werner from taking penalty in shootout against Aston Villa

© Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images Timo Werner was back in the starting lineup for the first time since we signed Romelu Lukaku, and last year’s joint-top goalscorer ... Read more »

Halep splits with long-time coach Cahill

© Getty Images Simona Halep has split from coach Darren Cahill Simona Halep has confirmed she has parted company with her long-time coach Darren Cahill. Halep, who was the year-end ... Read more »

Agreement in place for Ibrox star to be sold as Celtic and Rangers face significant sponsorship blow

Thursday’s Scottish football news and gossip. © Glen Kamara has agreed a new contract extension with Rangers until 2025. Picture: SNS Rangers plan to sell Kamara Rangers are planning to ... Read more »

The Ashes: 'No special deals' for England cricketers travelling to Australia, claims Scott Morrison

England’s travelling party for the Ashes will not benefit from any “special deals” regarding quarantine rules when they arrive in Australia, according to the country’s prime minister Scott Morrison. © Getty ... Read more »

Rugby-Titans clash as All Blacks, Springboks brace for 100th test

By Nick Mulvenney © Reuters/ANNEGRET HILSE FILE PHOTO: Rugby World Cup 2019 – Pool B – New Zealand v South Africa SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sparks are guaranteed to fly when ... Read more »

Farewell then James, an inevitable but glorious flop

James’ star shone only briefly for Everton, but for a short while there it was glorious. © PA Images James Rodriguez Everton We all knew it would end like this, ... Read more »

Allen starts: The predicted Coventry City XI to face Posh on Friday night

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Coventry City v Cardiff City Coventry City will be looking to build further on their largely positive start to the season this ... Read more »

Leigh Griffiths facing police probe after Dundee striker kicked flare into St Johnstone fans

Leigh Griffiths is now at the centre of a police investigation after he kicked a flare into St Johnstone fans. The Dundee striker reacted after the visiting support hurled abuse ... Read more »

Erneut Randale im französischen Fußball

© Bild: imago images/IP3press Bild: imago images/IP3press Angers. Frankreichs Fußball kommt nicht zur Ruhe. Erneut überschatteten Randale ein Ligaspiel, nach dem 0:0 zwischen Gastgeber Angers SCO und Olympique Marseille gingen ... Read more »

Solskjaer sidestep speaks volumes over ‘horrible' Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted not to discuss the performance of Anthony Martial against West Ham. © PA Images Anthony-Martial-reacts Manchester United had one of their trophy hopes ended prematurely at ... Read more »

Bukayo Saka cameo encouraging for Mikel Arteta on positive night for Arsenal ahead of Tottenham clash

On a night when they were hoping to witness the debut of a teenager earmarked as a centrepiece of the club’s future, Arsenal fans were instead served up yet another ... Read more »

Wirbel bei Thiem: Physiotherapeut erfährt Trennung vom Manager

Österreichs Tennis-As und Physiotherapeut Alex Stober gehen künftig getrennte Wege. © REUTERS/ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE Bis in die Nacht hat Alex Stober sich oft um Dominic Thiem gekümmert und den Tennis-Star ... Read more »

Jurgen Klopp may pull plug on Jude Bellingham transfer due to unofficial transfer policy

Jurgen Klopp could yet back out of pursuing Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The young midfielder has enjoyed a rapid rise since bursting onto the scene with Birmingham City. He has ... Read more »

Gewalt-Eskalation: Hooligan-Schlägerei auf Autobahn

© Twitter In Frankreich kam es wieder zu Ausschreitungen Die Fan-Ausschreitungen in Frankreich nehmen kein Ende. Diesmal randalierten zwei rivalisierende Ultras-Gruppen auf einer Autobahn. Vor dem Spiel zwischen Montpellier und ... Read more »

The top 15 passers in FIFA 22 have been named and there's no room for Cristiano Ronaldo

As we approach the release of the highly-anticipated, yearly instalment of the new FIFA, EA have revealed players ratings, as well as their highest attributes, prior to the game’s release. ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash concerns dismissed by Sebastian Vettel

© Getty Images Verstappen and Hamilton have crashed twice this season – Getty Images Sebastian Vettel has poured cold water on claims Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will crash again ... Read more »

Reymart Gaballo won't step aside for Donaire vs. Casimero

donaire, gaballo, casimero WBC interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo will not step aside just so the historic all-Filipino unification between Nonito Donaire Jr. and John Riel Casimero could take place. ... Read more »

Soccer-Australia top flight pushed back as league hopes for eased COVID curbs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The A-League’s 2021/22 season will not kick off until Nov. 19, with organisers postponing the start of Australia’s top flight soccer competition in the hope COVID-19 restrictions ... Read more »

On this day: former Celtics Ricky Davis, Eric Montross born; drop G4 in 2020 ECF

On this day in Boston Celtics history, former Celtics shooting guard and small forward Tyree Ricardo “Ricky” Davis was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1979. A product of the ... Read more »

‘Third lung' - Morgan Sanson gave exciting glimpse of his class against Chelsea before fresh injury setback

He started the Chelsea game within the double pivot of the familiar 4-3-2-1 formation Dean Smith has opted for so frequently throughout recent seasons. He managed to play 42 minutes ... Read more »

‘Lewis knows you've got to fight fire with fire' vs Max

© PA Images Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen stand on the grid for the French national anthem. France June 2021 Martin Brundle has said Lewis Hamilton knows he has to ... Read more »

Leeds United: Liam McCarron commits to club with new two-year deal

Leeds’ versatile left-sided player Liam McCarron has signed a new two-year contract with the club. © Provided by The Independent Liam McCarron will remain at Elland Road until at least ... Read more »

SHL-profilen Robin Figrens stenhårda kritik – mot Leksands tränare Björn Hellkvist: ”Jag sitter och kokar”

Björn Hellkvist sågade sina stjärnspelare i media. Då kokade Robin Figren. – Jag tycker bara det är ”muppigt”, om jag ska vara ärlig, säger han i podden Släpp Sargen. Förra ... Read more »

Klartecken för fullsatta arenor: "Fantastiskt"

© Nils Petter Nilsson / TT Friends arena kommer att kunna vara fullsatt på VM-kvalet. Arkivbild. Fulla läktare även för de största evenemangen får grönt ljus från regeringen, det meddelar ... Read more »

Every angle of Karim Benzema's ridiculous touch with his back proves he definitely meant it

With Lionel Messi having left over the course of the summer, there were concerns that the star power in La Liga – a division that used to routinely bring the ... Read more »

Former Manchester United defender reflects on 'incredible experience' after completing transfer

Former Manchester United defender Michele Fornasier has spoken of how his time at the club helped him develop personally and professionally. Fornasier moved to the Red Devils academy from Fiorentina ... Read more »

Massive illegal streaming crackdown launched after true scale of illicit live streams revealed

A major anti-piracy campaign has been launched in the UK after research revealed how popular illicit live streams of sporting events have become. © Getty Images/iStockphoto Mobdro offered free live ... Read more »

Leeds could unearth their new Pablo Hernandez in exciting 19 y/o, he just wowed Bielsa - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Pablo Hernandez, Leeds, Elland Road, Premier League, Andy Delort, Marcelo Bielsa, Victor Orta, Montpellier In a game that eventually saw Leeds United come out on ... Read more »

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp risk Dean Smith row over Premier League rule change

Pep Guardiola has agreed with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that Premier League clubs should be allowed to make five substitutions – but Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has previously disagreed ... Read more »

Bayern Munich open Rudiger talks amid PSG & Real Madrid interest in Chelsea defender

Bayern Munich are the latest club to have registered an interest in Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Goal can confirm. The Bundesliga champions join Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in keeping tabs ... Read more »

Links: Who will be leaned on and who will leap forward?

© Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Which veterans will be leaned on heavily this year and which players will take a leap forward? ... Read more »