31 January, 2020

Stars of 2020: Michael Norman

  • © Giancarlo Colombo

With the 2020 Wanda Diamond League season just eleven weeks away, we are taking a look at some of the rising stars who are just starting to build a reputation as legends of the series. First up, it's US sprinter Michael Norman.

 

The 22-year-old American lit up several Diamond League stadiums last season, making an immediate impact in his first full season on the global circuit. 

Though relatively inexperienced on the world stage, Norman was hardly a no-name, having snatched 200m gold at the 2016 World Junior Championships and clocked the sixth fastest 400m time ever at the 2018 NCAAs.

There had also been flashes of his pedigree on the Diamond League circuit. On his series debut in 2018, Norman ran 19.84 to claim victory in the non-scoring 200m. 

Come 2020, and the US star was ready to hit the big time. And he wasted no time at all in proving himself more than just a rough diamond. 

After sweeping to an early eight points in the 400m in Stockholm, Norman then sent Rome reeling when he edged compatriot and friend Noah Lyles in an exhilarating 200m photo finish. The narrow win saw him clock a world lead, personal best and meeting record of 19.70.

Lyles may have gone on to win the 200m title, but it was Norman who ruled the roost over one lap in 2019. After securing his place in the final with another eight points in Stanford, the youngster blasted his way around the track to pick up his first career Diamond Trophy in Brussels last September. 

Having had his World Championship hopes scuppered by injury a month later, Norman will be hoping to return to action with a bang in 2020.