Erriyon Knighton shatters Usain Bolt’s U20 World Record

Erriyon Knighton

Erriyon Knighton, who last year at age 17 broke Usain Bolt junior sprint records, shattered his own U20 record in the 200m and became the fourth-fastest man in history on Saturday.

Knighton clocked 19.49 seconds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the world’s fastest time since the 2012 Olympics, to move behind Bolt (19.19 world record), Yohan Blake, and Michael Johnson on the all-time list.

Only Usain Bolt (19″19), Yohan Blake (19″26), and Michael Johnson (19″32) ever ran the 200 meters faster. It has been since the Olympic final in 2012 that these times were reached. Usain Bolt then hit 19″32.

Knighton is barely 18 so there is still some stretch in the coming years. When Bolt was a young American, he still ran the 200 meters in 19″93.

Knighton can still try to sharpen his great time in the coming months. He will compete at the prestigious USATF Outdoor Championships in June and the World Championships in July.

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