Usain Bolt no doubt holds a lot of world records in sprinting. Erriyon Knighton, however, can proudly say that he bested the decorated Olympian not just once, but twice.

Last month, the 17-year-old sprint phenom broke the legendary Jamaican’s U20 world record of 19.93 by finishing in 19.88 seconds.

Back for more in the US Olympic Team Trials at Eugene Oregon on Friday, Knighton once again aligned himself with Bolt. He placed first after running a 20.4 and beating Olympic favorite Noah Lyles and Fred Kerley, who posted 20.19 and 20.41, respectively in the first round

Both sprinters have already qualified for the 100m. Knighton, on the other hand, had a chance to make history in the semifinals

He passed that test with flying colors, as he recorded an astonishing 19.88 seconds, edging Bolt’s previously untouched record of 19.93 from 2004.

Knighton edged his rival Lyles by just .03, as they both made it to Sunday’s finale.

If he wins, Knighton can become the youngest male U.S. track and field Olympian since miler Jim Ryun in 1964.

It is worth noting that Knighton still has two full years as a junior and will likely set even more records in the U18 division.

Knighton is indeed one, if not the fastest rising star in track today. He signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas back in January at the age of 16.

The lucrative offer, of course, meant he foregone his remaining two years of amateur competition at Hillsborough High.

Back in May, Knighton also broke the 10-second barrier over 100 meters at the PURE Athletics Sprint Elite Meet in Clermont, Florida.

The sky is indeed the limit for this kid.


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