Meet Erriyon Knighton, the 17-year-old who broke Usain Bolt’s record and is now an Olympian
The 17-year-old Florida native announced himself as one of the rising stars in U.S. track and field Sunday, finishing third in the men’s 200-meter final at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. USA reports
A would-be rising senior in high school, Knighton figures to be one of the youngest athletes on Team USA this summer, where he will not only compete but also have a legitimate shot at winning a medal.
Knighton posted a 19.88 in his semifinal heat at the trials, beating Bolt’s under-20 world record he achieved in 2004.
“It’s only my third season running track,” the track star told Track & Field News earlier this year. “I’ve been extremely successful in both training and competition. I believe if I work hard, I will eventually develop to be a world-class athlete. I’m soaking it all up, all the knowledge.”
Sunday’s run is the second time that Knighton has broken a Bolt youth record. Earlier this month, he ran the 200M in 20.11 seconds that bested Bolt’s under-18 record set in 2003.