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Erriyon Knighton has done it again.
The 17-year-old is on course for greatness after breaking yet another record previously held by sprint king Usain Bolt.
17 year old Erriyon Knighton broke Usain Bolt's 2004 U20 200M record at the US Olympic trials :scream:
New U20 record 19.88 Seconds
That's ridiculous tbh pic.twitter.com/FeOZRHIPeC
- Keifa Desnoes (@keifaDesnoes_) June 27, 2021
Competing at the US Olympic trials in Oregon, Knighton carved his name into the track and field history books after producing a record-shattering time in the under-20s 200m event.
Knighton's stellar performance in the sweltering 42°C heat saw him cross the finish line with an impressive time of 19.84 seconds.
That time rubs Usain Bolt's name out of the record books.
The Jamaican star's under-20s 200m record of 19.93s from way back in 2004 is now a thing of the past.
LEGEND SHIT Noah Lyles runs the fastest time in the world this year in 19.74, and 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton runs 19.84 for third to become the youngest Olympian since Jim Ryun in 1968
not pictured: Kenny Bednarek 19.78 for second to make first Olympic team #TrackFieldTrials21 pic.twitter.com/wpmMG4F7ZU
- Johanna Gretschel (@jojo_shea) June 28, 2021
To put things into perspective, eight-time Olympic goal medallist Bolt didn't run that fast until he was almost 21 years of age.
Knighton is only 17 and is still in high school.
"It will probably sink in when I get home," Knighton said after the race.
"It's a really big achievement."
Erriyon Knighton runs down Noah Lyles on the 200m straightaway to finish in 19.88 seconds - that breaks his own U18 record in the event.
Oh yeah, Erriyon Knighton is 17
(And he even ran off into the tunnel - legend!)
- Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) June 27, 2021
It was a blazing 200 meters by the entire group and a tight finish but Erriyon Knighton did it-he finished 3rd to make the Olympic team as a 17 year old. 19.84 is one of the fastest times ever run at that age. Congratulations Erriyon. Way to represent Tampa!:fire::fire::fire: pic.twitter.com/9hvgiiSOHO
- Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) June 28, 2021
How's your day going?
17-year-old Erriyon Knighton just beat Noah Lyles, Fred Kerley and ran 20.04 into a headwind...pic.twitter.com/CwoFdhc6E3
- Travis Miller (@TravisMillerFlo) June 25, 2021
17 year old Erriyon Knighton from Tampa just ran a 19.88 in the 200 at the Olympic Trials.
That's phenomenal. Usain Bolt phenomenal. He already shattered Bolts U20 record .Kid has transcendent talent. What an Olympic story he'll be. pic.twitter.com/8EqoQSZCl5
- MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) June 27, 2021
How about Erriyon Knighton! 17 on the Olympic team! I'll be the first to acknowledge that I was not crazy abt how quickly he was approached to become a professional athlete. Not bc of his talent, but bc of the climate of our sport.
- BIANCA KNIGHT, OLY (@MsBiancaAK) June 28, 2021
People don't understand how ridiculous this is. This is insane for an all time sprinter but this kid isn't even old enough to give blood or get a tattoo and he beat Usain Bolt's 200m record and Bolt was 18.
Remember the name, Erriyon Knighton. https://t.co/EUPcZ3tJ94
- Ryan Estabrooke (@EstaRyan12) June 27, 2021
Hillsborough High School's Erriyon Knighton places 3rd in the Men's 200m #OlympicTrials2021 Final!
He's 17 years old and headed to Tokyo!
:flag_us: @HillsboroughSch @ErriyonK pic.twitter.com/je1odfjSJX
- Haley Hinds FOX 13 (@HaleyHinds) June 28, 2021
And this isn't the only longstanding record belonging to Bolt that Knighton has well and truly smashed.
Knighton clocked a time of 20.11s.
With Knighton securing his spot on the US Olympic team alongside current world champion Noah Lyles, the Americans will undoubtedly be red hot favourites to clinch gold at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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