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US teen sprint sensation who broke Usain Bolt’s world record

Erriyon Knighton is only 18, but his name is already being spoken in the same breath as sprint legend Usain Bolt.

Track athletics phenom Knighton already has a sub-10 second time in the men’s 100m and became the first American teenager to ever run the 200m under 20 seconds, a feat he has repeated several times.

In the longer sprint distance he broke eight-time gold medallist Bolt’s world Under-20 record that had stood unbeaten for 18 years, and has also bettered the world U18 best.

The fast-rising star is a favourite to make a debut at the World Athletics Championships that will be held in July 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Here are the top things to know about one of America’s most promising sprinters, who finished fourth in the 200m at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

Knighton’s first sport was football

Just two years ago, the 1.91m (6 foot 3 inch) teenager, who takes his height from his father, a former basketball player, was focused on outrunning the cornerbacks lined up against him on the American football pitch.

The wide receiver at Tampa Hillsborough High School seemed keen to pursue his sporting interests in the NFL, and several of the best American colleges with strong football programmes were keen to draft the speedy teen.

But with most team sports restricted due to the pandemic, Knighton opted to focus on his other passion – track.

“I only started running track in the ninth grade,” Knighton said in an interview with the BBC on his start in athletics as a freshman.

“Before then you could have asked me what 100m was and I wouldn’t have known. I knew nothing about track. By the end of that year, I realised that I was kind of separated from the pack and faster than most people.”

 He’s a world record holder

It turned out to be a smooth switch from football cleats to spikes.

The then 16-year-old was in a class of his own as he shattered the 15-16 age group record with a 20.33 run in the 200m at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

That race from August 2020 was also the fastest in the U.S. and a huge improvement of his personal best of 20.89.

The previous 15-16 age group record was 20.62 set by Tyrese Cooper from 2016.

The Florida native, who opted to turn professional in January 2021, was just getting started. He dashed to 9.99 seconds but with an high tailwind (+2.7) rendering his time illegal.

Despite that, Knighton had become the third high school sprinter to break 10 seconds, after Trayvon Bromell (9.99, +4.0) in 2013 and Matthew Boling (9.98 +4.2) in 2019.

Five months after that, he blew away a field that included Bromell and Commonwealth Games champion Zharnel Hughes, bettering Bolt’s World U18 best of 20.13 seconds set in 2003.

Knighton ran 20.11.

That mark qualified him for the USATF Olympic Trials where “he put on the gas as he had a world champion chasing him down”.

The 17-year-old made the final of the Olympic Trials, where he achieved several historic firsts.

He topped the 200m semi-finals with a blistering 19.91 seconds, beating world gold medallist Noah Lyles, who had trailed him in the heat again.

The mark surpassed Bolt’s world U20 record from 2004 of 19.93 seconds and also bettered the world U18 best he had run three weeks earlier.

A day later Knighton punched his ticket to Tokyo 2020 with a third-place finish in the 200m in 19.84 seconds behind Lyles and Kenny Bednarek, again lowering the world U20 record.

“I did good. I’m on the team. I’m 17. I can’t complain with that,“ he said after becoming the first high schooler since 1972 to represent Team USA at the Olympics.

Knighton has his eye on Usain Bolt’s senior world record

The young American began his 2022 outdoor season with another quick one on April 30.

He ran the fourth-fastest men’s 200m ever at the LSU Invitational of 19.49, a new world U20 record. Only Bolt [19.19], Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32) have run faster.

After improving the junior world records several times, he is now eyeing another of Bolt’s world bests – the 19.19 he ran at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

“I just want to keep shaving down on my personal best,” he told NBC sport.

“I want the world record. But if it doesn’t come, I won’t be really bothered about it. I’ve still got 10 years left.” – Erriyon Knighton to NBC Sports.

Erriyon Knighton: “I want to be a world champion”

Knighton was outstanding in his first major competition in Tokyo, where he just missed the Olympic podium and became the youngest teen since Jim Ryun in 1964 to represent the United States.

He finished fourth in 19.93 seconds behind the Olympic champion Canadian Andre De Grasse, silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, and bronze winner Noah Lyles.

“In Tokyo, I was kinda upset that I had lost, but I just had to think about the big picture and the long run,” Knighton who is coached by Jonathan Terry told the BBC.

“I get called young every day, I am going to be 24 in 2028, that is in two more Olympics and still kind of young. I think about that all the time.

“As I grow older I am going to get stronger and faster. I am not the perfect 200m runner, I am still learning as I run it.”

He was the third American in that race behind Lyles and Bednarek, which puts him in a good position to punch his ticket to a home championship in Oregon.

“I want to be world champion, or I want to be on the podium,” he said.

Sprint start is still a high schooler

Knighton remains focused on his studies at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.

The sprinter took a break from class when he turned pro with Adidas but is now expected to graduate later this spring.

“There were a lot of people wanting to take pictures with me at the start of the school year. I think I signed an autograph actually, it got that chaotic,” he recalled of his early days back in school.

“It has calmed down now. Now everyone just walks past me just like, ‘Hey, Erriyon’. In other schools in the area, people say to my classmates ‘you go to school with Erriyon’, but for people in my school they see me every day, so it ain’t nothing.”

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Omar McLeod to battle Noah Lyles at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

Former 110m hurdles Olympic champion Omar McLeod will battle for honors with the World 200 champion Noah Lyles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, which is the third edition of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meet that will be held today (6) at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island.

McLeod won the world 60m hurdles title in Portland 2016 in a personal best of 7.41 and he also set personal best of 9.99 in the 100 meters and 12.90 in the 110 meters hurdles.

The 27 year-old will have an uphill task as he will face World 200 champion Noah Lyles who will be chasing his second win at this meeting one year after finishing first in the 200 meters in 20:80

Lyles went on to win the 200m Olympic bronze medal in 19.74 and set the fastest time in the world outdoors in 2021, clocking 19.52 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. Last week, he made his seasonal debut with fourth place in the 60m in 6.62 at the Millrose Games.

Another title contender is Emmanuel Matadi from Liberia who comes to thi race fresh from setting a National 60m record of 6.55 last week in Houston.

Christian Coleman beats Trayvon Bromell at the Millrose Games

World indoor champion and record holder Christian Coleman came back with a bang as he beat the 2021 world fastest runner Trayvon Bromell at the 14th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Friday (4) in Millrose, New York City.

Coleman came back after his 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests and as the eagerly anticipated he ran away with then title in a time of 6.49  ahead of US Olympic Trials champion Trayvon Bromell who pulled 6.50 to finish in second place as Ronnie Baker closed the first three podium finishes in 6.54.

World 200m champion Noah Lyles finished in fourth place in 6.62.

Olympic sprint star shot and killed in Ecuador

Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been killed in his home city of Guayaquil.

The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, through his social media account twitter.

“My heart is totally shattered, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” said Ibáñez.

“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.”

The Ecuador Olympic Committee would his passing also.

According to reports Quinonez, 32, was shot dead by unknown persons on Friday alongside a friend, outside a shopping centre in Colinas de la Florida, in Guayaquil. A police investigation into the tragedy is currently ongoing.

The Ecuadorian sprinter competed in 100m and 200m.

At the London 2012 Olympics, he clocked a national record of 20.28 seconds in the heats and went on to finish seventh in the final.

Quinonez won broze at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar, behind Noah Lyles of the United States, and Andre De Grasse of Canada.

 

Ferdinand Omanyala writes history again

Kenya’s 100m wonder boy, Ferdinand Omanyala wrote another history as he set a new national record after running the distance in less than 10 seconds.

Omanyala who is fresh from Tokyo Olympics, beat his own previous record of 10.00 seconds. When he ran in an Austria meet

Not only does he become the first Kenya to dip in under 10 seconds, he also joins an elite group of sprinters including the world’s fastest human Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles et al, to achieve that feat.

Having taken up athletics in 2016, Omanyala had taken a huge risk as he decided to abandon his rugby prospects despite having the physique for the sport. But that now looks like a risk that is paying off and thanks to his coach Duncan Ayiemba, he was able to concentrate in sprints.

His career took a minor setback in 2017 after he was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on doping allegations which resulted in him being slapped with one year suspension.

Andre De Grasse beats Noah Lyles to take gold in 200m race

Canada’s Andre De Grasse added gold to a groaning collection of minor medals with victory in the 200 metres at the Tokyo Olympics games.

De Grasse, operating in the considerable shadow of Usain Bolt for most of his career, had won six bronze and two silver medals from global individual races and relays, but has been on fire in Tokyo.

Showing perfect judgement he ran down leader Noah Lyles to win in a Canadian record of 19.62 seconds to make him the eighth-fastest man of all time over the distance.

“In 2016 I was a kid and inexperienced but now I have so many expectations to come away with medals,” said 26-year-old De Grasse, who won silver behind Bolt in the 200m in Rio.

“I wanted to show the world all my injuries are behind me and I can bring home a gold medal.”

Kenneth Bednarek from USA came in second to take silver in 19.68 while the race Favorite and defending Noah Lyles also from USA crossed the line in third place in a time of 19.74 seconds.

Top Stars Confirmed To Compete at Weltklasse Zürich

Many international athletics top stars have already signed up for Weltklasse Zürich 2018. The meeting on 30

August will be another exciting showdown of the sport’s finest athletes

Fastest Man of the Year to Race in the 200m

The world sprint giants will clash in the 200m in Zurich this year. The fastest man of the year, Noah Lyles (USA), is out to pick up a second Diamond Trophy. His opponents in Zurich will include World and European champion Ramil Guliyev (TUR) and the Swiss national record holder and European championship bronze medallist Alex Wilson. Lyles, still only 21 years old, has already clocked 19.65 this year. He has not yet qualified for the 100m final in Brussels, however. The second sprint final will be staged at the IAAF Diamond League final event in Brussels on 31 August.

Shot Putters to Flex their Muscles in Zurich

Walsh, Crouser, Hill, Romani, Haratyk, Storl, Stanek, Whiting. The entry list in the men’s shot put reveals a cast of Olympic, world, and European champions and medallists. European champion Michal Haratyk (POL) will challenge world leader Tomas Walsh (NZL) and Ryan Crouser (USA). They will treat the Zurich fans to a competition on an extraordinary level.

Swiss Stars in the International Programme of Events

Athletics has been on the rise in Switzerland and has produced a number of stars who will be part of this year’s international programme. Angelica MOSER (pole vault), Géraldine RUCKSTUHL (javelin throw), Benjamin GFÖHLER (long jump), Alex WILSON (200m), Mujinga KAMBUNDJI (100m), Lea SPRUNGER (400m h) and Selina BÜCHEL (800m) will no doubt be enjoying the legendary support of the Letzigrund Stadium fans.

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Gatlin, Coleman to miss U.S. championships, World Cup

World sprint champions Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will miss next week’s U.S. championships and as a result will not be eligible for track and field’s new premier event, the Athletics World Cup in London in July, officials tell Reuters.

The decisions, especially rising star Coleman’s, come at a time the World Cup, an eight-nation showdown, is seeking to bring new energy to the sport in a year when there is no world outdoor championship and Usain Bolt is no longer competing.

Managers for 100 meters winner Gatlin and Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion and record holder, both told Reuters their clients would not run in the American meeting, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

That makes them and any other athlete who misses the championships ineligible for the U.S. World Cup team, according to Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.

“It is quite simple,” Mahoney said in an email to Reuters. “The highest placing finisher in each event at the 2018 USATF Senior Championships – who elects to compete – will select themselves for a position on the U.S. Team.”

Gatlin’s manager, Renaldo Nehemiah, said “there was no real incentive” for the 36-year-old sprinter to run in Iowa since there would be no world championship and not having extra races would cut down on the sprinter’s wear and tear going into the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coleman manager Emanuel Hudson, in a text message, said, “Coleman is not at nationals.”

The world 100m silver medalist has been injured but is expected to return for the June 30 Paris Diamond League meeting.

Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad also will not be at the championships, Hudson wrote.

“So according to what you sent (Mahoney’s statement), they wouldn’t be eligible for World Cup,” he added.

TOP TEAMS

Despite their absence and perhaps others, “USATF looks forward to having the world’s best national track & field championship next week in Des Moines, and to fielding the top team for the World Cup,” spokesperson Jill Geer said.

The World Cup, scheduled for July 14-15, will bring together teams from the United States, Jamaica, China, France, Germany, Britain, South Africa and Poland.

Track events from 100 through 1,500 meters, plus hurdles races and 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, will be contested along with eight field events.

Each nation will have one competitor per event.

Without Gatlin or Coleman, the World Cup likely will look to Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, the year’s fastest at 100m, or emerging talent from the U.S. and Jamaican championships for its new sprint king.

World indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker and new 200m sensation Noah Lyles are set for a 100m showdown at the American meeting with Michael Norman, the year’s top 400 meters runner, contesting the 200.

Teenager Sydney McLaughlin will be launching her professional career in the 400 meters hurdles, where she is 2018’s fastest.

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