Erriyon Knighton Who Surpassed Usain Bolt’s Record, Storms to Another Victory in Men’s 200m

Published 06/03/2023, 5:30 AM EDT

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Erriyon Knighton, the American sprint sensation, sets a blazing record in men’s 200m in scorching Florence heat. In 2021, Erriyon Knighton broke the record of Jamaican Olympic legend Usain Bolt Junior. Knighton crossed the finish line in scorching 42°C heat with an unbelievable time of 19.84 seconds. In doing so, Knighton gained global recognition for surpassing the timing of the legendary sprinter Usain Bolt.

The now-retired track star previously held the under-20s 200m record with 19.93 seconds, set back in 2004. In April 2022, Knighton further solidified his position as he became the fourth-fastest 200m runner in recorded history, storming through with a time of 19.49 seconds in his opening season. He showcased his talent yet again in the Men’s 200m race at Florence.

Erriyon Knighton Triumphs in Men’s 200m at Florence with 19.89s


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In a display of remarkable speed and athleticism, Erriyon Knighton of the United States emerged as the undeniable champion in the men’s 200m race at the Florence athletics meets. With an exceptional time of 19.89 seconds and a flawless performance, he left his competitors in the dust. Notably, he outpaced track and field sprinters Jereem Richards (20.28), Aaron Brown (20.31), and Filippo Tortu (20.41), solidifying his position as the undisputed champion.

As the race unfolded on the track in Florence, all eyes were on Knighton as he prepared to showcase his incredible skills. With a steely focus and determination, he exploded out of the starting blocks, showcasing his lightning-fast acceleration. Pulling away from the field with each stride, Knighton exhibited flawless form and technique throughout the race. Maintaining an impressive speed and displaying exceptional power, he left his competitors trailing behind. Knighton’s flawless execution kept his momentum even as he approached the finish line. After the race, Erriyon talked about his plans.


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Erriyon Knighton Shares His Emotions and Thoughts After the Victory


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When asked about his feelings after the race, Erriyon Knighton expressed, “I felt good and gave it my all.” Knighton replied with uncertainty about the possibility of spending more time in Europe, saying, “Probably or probably not.” When questioned about potentially mixing the 200m and 100m events, Knighton responded, “Probably not often,” emphasizing his focus on the 200m trials initially.

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Erriyon Knighton’s blazing victory in the men’s 200m race at Florence cements his status as the successor to Usain Bolt. With unmatched speed and flawless technique, Knighton leaves competitors in awe. As he shares his emotions and plans, uncertainty hangs in the air. Who will rise to challenge his records? The era of Knighton has begun, transforming the world of track and field forever.

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Written by:

Prashant Kumar


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Prashant Kumar is a pro writer for US Sports at Essentially Sports. This former sportsman has kept his watchful eye on all things Olympics, since he saw Phelps make history at Rio in 2016. With his prior experience as a senior writer for prominent blogs in the country, Prashant brings his insights on the nuances of every sport, to the team.
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Brandon Gabriel