As the Tokyo Olympics are fast approaching Olympian hopefuls are putting their skills on full display at various track and field meets. On Memorial Day at the American Track League meet, 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton broke a 200-meter sprint record. With a time of 20.1 Knighton broke track superstar Usain Bolt’s 20.3 record that he set in 2003. Knighton also bested the 100m favorite Trayvon Bromell and record-breaking athletes from across the pond in Zharnel Hughes and Adam Gemili.
Knighton was not always exclusively a track and field star. He had several D1 football offers as a 6ft3 Wide Receiver. He committed to running professionally during his junior year of high school.
“Knowing that I grew up around football my whole life and receiving a lot of D1 offers, it was a tough decision, but it was also a no-brainer. In track, the success of my career is fully in my hands, and I know that I can do it,” Knighton explained.
This record qualified him to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials that are coming up soon. At just 17 he is the youngest runner to compete in six decades.