A Florida teen officially has broken a record set by Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
Erriyon Knighton, who turned professional in January 2021 while still a junior at Tampa Hillsborough High School, broke the 34-year-old’s U18 200m record on Monday, 31, during the American Track League meet in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 17-year-old sprinter clocked in at 20.11, beating Bolt’s record of 20.13 from 2003, though Bolt still owns the title for the fastest 200m for a 17-year-old, for his timing of 19.93 in April 2004, months before he turned 18.
Knighton is qualified to race at the U.S. Olympic Trials that start in two weeks. He is younger than any U.S. Olympic male track and field athlete since miler Jim Ryunin 1964, according to Olympedia.org. He now ranks 13thamong Americans in the 200m since the beginning of 2019 and seventh this year.