“Faster Than Usain Bolt”: Fans Predict US Prodigy to Break Long-Standing Bolt’s World Record, as He Produces Blazing Speed at World Athletics Championships 2022 Oregon

Published 07/20/2022, 9:53 AM EDT
BEIJING – AUGUST 15: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100m Heats at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. Usain Bolt of Jamaica finished the event in first place with a time of 9.92. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It’s every bit possible that the fastest teenager in the world might break the world record set by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Ever since Erriyon Knighton ran 200m in 19.49 seconds this spring and broke the world record set by the Jamaican legend, the comparison between the two has been all over the media. Hence, the 2022 world athletics championships at Oregon is a good opportunity for him to show his capabilities.

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To give you a brief introduction, Erriyon Knighton is the fastest teenager of all time. He was an Olympics finalist last season at just 17, and he has run the fastest 200m time in 2022. It’s been five years since the track legend Usain Bolt bid farewell to the sport in the 2017 world championship in London. However, it’s the first time that fans, experts, and former Olympians believe that someone can actually break his world record.

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Fans are rooting for Erriyon Knighton to break Usain Bolt’s record ahead of the race

Ahead of the 200m finals at the world athletics championship in Oregon, fans have already declared Knighton the champion. Additionally, most of them believe he is going to break Usain Bolt’s world record very soon. Some of the fan reactions are mentioned below:

Some of them are even eager to bet on Knighton to break Bolt’s record in the 200m dash.

Pressure? What pressure? Knighton doesn’t feel any stressed out with all the hype and comparison going on between him and Bolt. In one of the interviews, he revealed, “Do you ever get scared?’ Yeah, that’s a good one. Because I damn sure don’t get scared.”

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Who else is a threat to Usain Bolt?

Well, so far, team USA has performed with flying colors in the 2022 world athletics championship at Oregon. Just two days ago, US track superstar Fred Kerley led his team two a clean sweep in 100m, and now everyone is hoping for the same in 200m as well. Apart from Knighton leading the charge in 200m would be Olympian Noah Lyles, who ran the fastest lap in the heat and semifinals.

DOHA, QATAR – OCTOBER 05: Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay final during day nine of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

So, do you think it’s possible? Are we stepping into a new era of track and field? Can 18-year-old Knighton break another one of Bolt’s world records?

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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