Star sprinter eyes a roiled nation and race in all its forms

Noah Lyles could be a year away from holding a uniquely symbolic position in sports — an African American sprinter standing on a medals podium at the Olympics. Instead of contemplating how he might use that platform, the 200-meter world champion is spending his time these days trying to process what’s happening in his country. And what his role should be in changing it. Lyles was hardly expecting this to be his key concern in the summer of 2020. But in a land riven by protests, pain and questions in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, he knows he must confront it.