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Noah Lyles showed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement last year by attending marches, posting on social media and by releasing a song, “A Black Life.” The world champion sprinter felt compelled to do more on the track over the last 10 months.

Since August, Lyles has worn a fingerless black glove at some meets. He raised a gloved fist at least once on the start line in an homage to Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

Lyles is a headliner at the U.S. Olympic Trials that start Friday in Eugene, Oregon. His first race is a 100m preliminary heat on Saturday (full broadcast schedule here). The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is allowing racial and social justice demonstrations, including raising a fist on a podium or start line, at Trials.

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