Erriyon Knighton has revealed that his ultimate goal is to break the 19-second barrier in the 200m race, according to the Olympics website.
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“I actually want to go sub-19. I don’t want to say it’s possible. It’s possible, but you just never know… Only one human went under 19.20…what gets me going is just wanting to be the world record holder and realizing how far I have come and what I have done. And what I still can do with growing and everything,” said Knighton.
Erriyon Knighton made history at the 2022 World Athletics Championships by winning the bronze medal in the 200m at just 18 years of age, becoming the youngest-ever individual sprint medalist in Championships history.
If you think Erriyon Knighton’s accomplishments so far are impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet
Knighton is no stranger to breaking records, holding the world under-18 best in the 200m with a time of 19.84 seconds, which he set on June 27, 2021. He also set the world U20 record with a time of 19.69 seconds on June 26, 2022. In addition, his best time of 19.49 seconds (not ratified) makes him the fifth-fastest athlete in history over the distance, behind only Usain Bolt (19.19), Yohan Blake (19.26), Noah Lyles (19.31), and Michael Johnson (19.32). It was also the fastest season opener ever.
Knighton’s remarkable achievements have not gone unnoticed, as he became the first athlete in history to win a second World Athletics Male Rising Star of the Year award in 2022.