A 17-year-old sensation presented himself with a shocking 200-meter time on Sunday night, and is now titled “the new Usain Bolt”.
Erriyon Knighton. It’s the name the athletics world notes down in capital letters after last night’s performance in the US Olympics in Eugene.
In 2004, the fastest sprinter ever, Usain Bolt, set the world record in the 200 meters for athletes under the age of 20 with a time of 19.93 seconds. It has now been erased by a 17-year-old sensation from the USA that thundered in at an insane 19.88.
– He is 17 years old and runs 19.88. It’s just absolutely phenomenal. He has a talent that is on the verge of inhuman, writes ESPN journalist Mark Jones after the record.
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Knighton has long been compared to Bolt, considering his length of 1.91m and long strides. Earlier this month, he broke the Jamaican’s record for U18 athletes, but just a few weeks later, the U20 record also fell.
It was in the semifinal night until Sunday that everything went well for the young boy, who, among other things, won the heat in front of world champion Noah Lyles. Lyles has a record of 19.50 and performed well below par, and is expected to rise to the final.
– I can not squeeze out everything in the semifinals. It was all about getting to the final heat, and I did it. I have saved a little on gunpowder, says Knighton, after the race, who still has not secured an Olympic ticket even after the monster time.
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Erriyon Knighton was also a great talent in American football, and will recently have to make a choice between the two sports.
– I grew up with American football, so having to opt out was very difficult. In the end, it was a relatively easy choice, because in athletics everything is up to you, he told Track & Field News before the race for the tough choice.