Erriyon Knighton smashed his own U20 200m world record and became the fourth fastest man ever over the distance with a sensational performance at the LSU Invitational meeting on Saturday.
The 18-year-old ran an incredible 19.49 to win the race in Baton Rouge and take 0.35 off the world record which he set last year.
WORLD U20 RECORD ‼️@ErriyonK 🇺🇸 runs 19.49 (+1.4) to improve his own world U20 200m record by 0.35 at the LSU Invitational!
The 18-year-old is now the fourth fastest man ever at the distance 💪 pic.twitter.com/cY1DCp14Ws
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) April 30, 2022
Erriyon Knighton was MOVING… 🤯@ErriyonK broke his own world U20 200m record* with 19.49 (wind +1.4) at LSU.
He is now No. 2 on the U.S. all-time performer list behind Michael Johnson’s 19.32 AR.
*pending verification by the USATF records committee #JourneyToGold pic.twitter.com/6quGEBQZ4F
— USATF (@usatf) April 30, 2022
Only Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Michael Johnson have run a faster 200m time. It is also the eighth fastest 200m ever run, and the fastest time over the distance since the 2012 Olympic Games.
Knighton finished fourth in the 200m at the Olympics last year. He was the youngest American track Olympian in 57 years.
Erriyon Knighton 19.49 200m
OH MY GOODNESS 😱
🥇 @ErriyonK | 19.49
🥈 Fahnbulleh | 19.92
🥉 @camel_dorian | 20.00
We just witnessed the fourth fastest time in world history by Knighton. Camel drops a huge PR with a time of 20.00 to become the fourth fastest in LSU history!#GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/AE4QmTYbTN
— LSU Track & Field (@LSUTrackField) April 30, 2022
Insert image: 3 August 2021; Erriyon Knighton of the United States, centre, in action during the men's 200 metre heats at the Olympic Stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile