Noah Lyles in action at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (© Getty Images)
Noah Lyles and Jake Wightman, the world champions at 200m and 1500m respectively, will return to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting announced today (22).
After temporarily relocating to Staten Island due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will make its debut at its new home, the TRACK at New Balance, a state-of-the-art indoor facility in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Returning to action after a virtually flawless 2022 season, Lyles is making his fifth appearance at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Lyles began his 2022 campaign with an impressive win over 60m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, before going on to an undefeated season over 200m, which included victories at both the Wanda Diamond League Final and the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, the latter of which he won in a US record of 19.31.
Wightman scored a thrilling 1500m victory at the World Championships, becoming the first British man to win gold in the metric mile since Steve Cram in 1983. Following his triumph in Oregon, Wightman took bronze over 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and silver in the 800m at the European Championships. Wightman will headline the 3000m in Boston and will wrap up his indoor season at the World Indoor Tour Final in Birmingham on February 25.
The women’s sprints will see the return of double Olympic medallist Gabby Thomas. Thomas won the 200m at the 2021 US Olympic Trials in 21.61, then went on to take bronze in the 200m and silver in the 4x100m at the Tokyo Olympics. Thomas will be aiming for her fifth straight win at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.