US teen sprint sensation Erriyon Knighton, a high schooler,

18 year old high school student, Erriyon Knighton is the world U18 and U20 world record-holder at 200m. He is the first American teenager to ever run the 200m under 20 seconds.

Hailed as one of America’s most promising sprinters, Knighton finished fourth in the 200m at the Tokyo 2020 Games which was held in 2021.

Here are few things you should know about him:

The 18 year old is 6 foot and 3 inch, a height which he says he takes from his father.

Basketball is his first sport. “The wide receiver at Tampa Hillsborough High School seemed keen to pursue his sporting interests in the NFL, and several of the best American colleges with strong football programmes were keen to draft the speedy teen,” says an official statement from the Olympics.

Knighton changed his passion to track, due to the restrictions imposed on team sports during the COVID pandemic. “I only started running track in the ninth grade,” he said in an interview.

He has already broken Usain Bolt’s world record. “In the longer sprint distance he broke eight-time gold medallist Bolt’s world Under-20 record that had stood unbeaten for 18 years, and has also bettered the world U18 best,” an Olympics statement says.

He aims to break Usain Bolt’s senior world record. “I want the world record. But if it doesn’t come, I won’t be really bothered about it. I’ve still got 10 years left,” Erriyon Knighton to a leading media.

He studies at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He is expected to graduate later this spring.

He will make a debut at the World Athletics Championships that is scheduled to be held in July 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

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He is coached by Jonathan Terry

List of all the records he holds:

  • Broke 15-16 age group record with a 20.33 run in the 200m at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. The previous 15-16 age group record was 20.62 set by Tyrese Cooper from 2016.
  • He became the third high school sprinter to break 10 seconds, after Trayvon Bromell (9.99, +4.0) in 2013 and Matthew Boling (9.98 +4.2) in 2019
  • The 17-year-old made the final of the Olympic Trials. He topped the 200m semi-finals with 19.91 seconds, beating world gold medallist Noah Lyles.
  • He is the first high schooler since 1972 to represent Team USA at the Olympics.
  • “He ran the fourth-fastest men’s 200m ever at the LSU Invitational of 19.49, a new world U20 record. Only Bolt [19.19], Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32) have run faster,” an Olympics statement said.
  • In the Tokyo games, he finished fourth in 19.93 seconds. He was behind the Olympic champion Canadian Andre De Grasse, silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, and bronze winner Noah Lyles.
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