WATCH: 18-Year-Old Erriyon Knighton Threatens Usain Bolt’s Long-Standing World Record with Impressive 200m Record

Published 05/01/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

When it comes to track and field, Usain Bolt is a legend of the sport. His 100m and 200m records remain unbeaten to date, marking him as the fastest man alive. Usain Bolt holds a record of 9.58 seconds in the 100m and a record of 19.19 seconds in the 200. No athlete has come close to these records. However, a young sprinter is on his way to the top, breaking all kinds of records. And that is Erriyon Knighton.

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Knighton, at 18 years of age, has done the unthinkable and given impressive timing at the LSU Invitational on Saturday. The young athlete broke his own U20 record and went ahead to grab a place on the list of the world’s fastest athletes.

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18-year-old Erriyon Knighton shines at the LSU Invitational

The Athletic season is fully on and the LSU Invitational was held on April 30. This is one of the events preceding the upcoming World Athletics Championships in June. 18-year-old Knighton took part in the 200m, where he clocked the phenomenal timing of 19.49 seconds. This is the fastest 200m record by an Under 20 athlete. More importantly, it is dangerously close to Usain Bolt’s 19.19 seconds, a world record.

Notably, this makes Knighton the 4th fastest man. He stands right behind Yohan Blake who holds 19.26 seconds on the 200m, and also Michael Johnson, who holds the timing of 19.32.

But while both Blake and Johnson achieved this while in the prime of their career, Erriyon has achieved a close enough timing at just 18 years of age. He has ahead of him many more years left to race, where he will get enough time to attempt to break Usain Bolt’s record.

Last year at the Olympic trials, Erriyon clocked 19.84 seconds in the 200m event. This time, he left his own record way behind and completed the race with a final time of 19.49 seconds.

Knighton breaks Usain Bolt’s record

However, this is not the only time Erriyon is breaking records. He is the same athlete who broke the legendary Usain Bolt’s junior record. Bolt’s best time before turning 20 was 19.93.

Knighton broke The Lightning Bolt’s junior record when he was just 17 years old. Although Knighton’s time falls a little behind when it comes to the Jamaicans, it still is the second-fastest 200m recorded by an American after Michael Johnson’s time at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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Erriyon is now regarded as one of the fastest upcoming sprinters. He has already broken multiple records, leaving behind some iconic athletes. However, only time will tell whether or not he is able to break Usain Bolt’s record.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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