Erriyon Knighton Makes History as Youngest Runner for Team USA

By Briasia Russ

Erriyon Knighton made history by becoming the youngest runner to make Team USA since 1964. The Hillsborough High School student won third place at 19.84 in the men’s 200 meter.  

According to Fox 35, Knighton broke Usain Bolt’s 200-meter record for athletes under 18. This resulted in Knighton becoming the fastest qualifier heading into the final.  

Starting off in football, Knighton grew a passion for track and field. He originally used to run to build up his speed in football.  

According to Fox 35, Knighton was mindful that he was going to run fast, but he didn’t know he’d be breaking a record.  

“I knew I was going to run fast, but I wasn’t sure that I was going to break the record because it wasn’t something that was on my mind,” he said. “I’m not going to say I knew I was going to win, but I knew I was going to do something better in the 200.”  

RELATED: Simone Manuel First Black Female Swimmer To Win Olympic Gold Medal

The record breaker will be going to the Tokyo Olympics to play on Team USA.  

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