|Erriyon Knighton Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||January 29, 2004|
Erriyon Knighton is an American track and field sprinter who shot to fame as the holder of the world under-18 and world under-20 records in the 200-meter race, having achieved the stunning feat in the US Track & Field Olympic Team Trials held in Eugene in Oregon on June 27, 2021. The 17-year old high school student from Florida finished 3rd, doing more than just qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Knighton’s 200-meter time of 19.84 seconds also outshined the sprinting legend Usain Bolt‘s under-18 and under-20 record times of 20.13 seconds and 19.93 seconds respectively, and Erriyon became the youngest Track & Field sportsman to make the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team since Jim Ryun ran the 1500 meter in 1964.
He attended Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida.
He has been represented by former pro sprinters Ramon Clay and John Regis from Stellar Athletics.
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Tall stature
- Cheerful smile
Knighton has a sponsorship deal with Adidas that he had signed in January 2021, at the age of 16. He was a part of the brand’s Impossible Is Nothing campaign as well, which had been launched in April 2021.
Erriyon Knighton Favorite Things
- Source Of Inspiration – People who are better than him, making him want to be the best by working two times harder than everyone toiling
Source – Track And Field News
Erriyon Knighton Facts
- He began participating in track and field in 2019 when he was a freshman at Hillsborough High School. During that time, Erriyon ran the 2nd-fastest time over 200 meters for an under-18 sportsman in world history, recording 20.33 seconds in the final held at the 2020 USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in Satellite Beach, Florida.
- Erriyon has recalled that he was a receiver for his high school football team. He had come to sprinting after his school’s football coaches recruited him for the track when they noticed his speed, which would be an asset on the field. He had grown up around football his entire life. Knighton was so good at it that he was receiving a lot of Division 1 offers. However, Erriyon had made the tough decision as he understood that in track the success of his career was fully in his hands, and he could see that he would be able to do it. In his first season, he had clocked 10.66 and 21.39, finishing 5th in the 200 final at the State Meet. Additional training, along with a growth spurt, had contributed to lowering his times on the track.
- Knighton has disclosed that he actually thought he did not run his best race in the US Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in June 2021. However, he could not be upset as at the end of the day, he was on the team that had qualified for the Olympics. He had also admitted that he was feeling it was a huge accomplishment but the fact had not sunk in totally, and probably would when he went home.
- Knighton has revealed that if he was to choose the athlete he regarded himself most similar to, he would select Usain Bolt mainly because of Bolt’s towering height, like his. He had also acknowledged comparisons to Bolt long back, much ahead of beating his record.
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