Erriyon Knighton, a Florida teenager, is very fast. He currently holds the Under-18 and Under-20 world 200m records.
Nonetheless, rumors are now circulating that the young sprinter has the potential to break the once-impossible world record of 200m set by legendary Usain Bolt.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Florida’s 18-year-old Arizona Knighton breaks Usain Bolt’s record
On April 30, a few months before turning 18, Erriyon Knighton became the fourth fastest 200m runner in history.
He joined the ranks of Usain Bolt, who took first place. Bolt is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica. In August 2009, he set a record at the Berlin World Championships by finishing the race in just 19.19 seconds.
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Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake takes second place. He won two gold medals in Olympic relay. Blake’s time was recorded at 19.26 seconds in a Brussels Diamond League match in September 2011.
Third place was held by Michael Johnson of the United States. He won four Olympic titles. He holds the record for completing the race in 19.32 seconds.
The fourth place may not yet have an Olympic title named after him, but Knighton competed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, finishing fourth in the 200m at the age of just 17.
But a year later, he shocked the world by setting a record of 19.49 seconds and immediately adding his name to the list of fastest legends in the world.
Who is Eryon Knighton?
When Erriyon Knighton was 14, he didn’t even think about becoming an athlete.
In an interview with the BBC in early 2022, the young sprint sensation said: ‘You could have asked me what 100m was and I wouldn’t have known. I didn’t know anything about the track.’
At the time, Knighton focused solely on American football. He played as a wide receiver at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
However, his ambitions changed when he was 15 years old in freshman year when his coach recorded a run of over 200 meters.
In 2019, Knighton’s football manager advised him to focus on track and field.
Although offered to play football at schools such as the University of Alabama, Knighton decided to play professionally in his third year of high school.
Now he is preparing for his debut at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon in July 2022.