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He may be one of the youngest athletes at the Summer Games this year, but he's probably also the ballsiest. The young sprinter from Tampa, Florida flew past other opponents as if he was just taking a casual jog in the park. After winning the race, he's being called the next Usain Bolt.
Knighton, who makes his Olympic debut in Tokyo, is the youngest American man to make the U.S. athletics team for an Olympics since Jim Ryun in 1964.
He finished first in his heat of the men's 200m semi-final on Tuesday with a 20.02 second finish time.
But everybody has been left flabbergasted by the fact that this Knighton had time to casually look around and stare at his opponents and still win the race.
"Are we gonna talk about the casual way that 17yr old #ErriyonKnighton just ran the 200m like he not even bothered?" said @AkioMaroon.
"This US youngster, Erriyon Knighton, spent half the race gazing sideways at his opponents and still walked that Men's 200m semifinal," said @NdinguJamby.
:sunglasses: 200 metre yarı final serisini birinci sırada bitiren 2004 doğumlu Erriyon Knighton, son düzlüğü etrafına bakarak koştu. #OlimpiyatOyunları pic.twitter.com/FtEpg4OecU
- Socrates (@SocratesDergi) August 3, 2021
"Unreal, 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton had time to look around and still finished top in qualifying for the 200m final," said @Box_to_Box.
Don't blink, you may miss @ErriyonK on the track. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/dZaQPjYHxe
- Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 3, 2021
"Erriyon Knighton is 17 years and he ran that heat in his first Olympics like it was nothing. Wow," said Twitter user @_owurakuampofo.
"Erriyon Knighton. It's too easy. This boy is something special," wrote @kay_mahapa, another Twitter user. We'd have to agree.
#TokyoOlympics Athletics - 17-year-old #ErriyonKnighton (20.02 USA), almost effortlessly leads the field, pacing himself down the straight while monitoring the rest of the field.#CBCOlympics iPadOS screen snapshot pic.twitter.com/uvIRi275OO
- Howard Bailey (@howardruns) August 3, 2021
Knighton is certainly one to watch, with many calling him the next Usain Bolt.
The young protoje is firmly in the Men's 200m final, which takes place on Wednesday 4th August at 9:55pm local time (1:55pm BST). You won't want to miss it.
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