(Reuters) – Noah Lyles advanced to the 100m final at the U.S. Olympic trials in a wind-aided 9.80 seconds in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, inching closer to booking a spot at the Paris Games.

The world champion crossed the line two hundredths of a second ahead of Olympic 200m silver medallist Kenny Bednarek to produce the fastest time of the semi-final heats.

Both will compete in the final later on Sunday along with 2019 world champion Christian Coleman, who missed the Tokyo Games after receiving a two-year ban for breaching whereabouts rules. Coleman won his heat in 9.86.

Tokyo 100m silver medallist Fred Kerley also advanced as he finished second in his heat in a wind-aided 9.89, a hundredth of a second behind Courtney Lindsey.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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