At the Olympic Games in Rio (2016), living legend Usain Bolt won the 200-meter race. The Jamaican, who also won the 100m, has since retired. In the double sprint race, a 17-year-old American student can fill the vacant Champion position: Aerion Knighton.
In the US trials, or Olympic qualifiers, Knighton shot to third with a time of 19.83 seconds. Very fast! Bolt won 5 years ago at 19.78, other runners clocked in over 20 seconds. Knighton attended Tampa High School in Florida, but signed a professional contract with a major sports brand earlier in 2021.
He will become the youngest American to compete in the Olympic track and field program since 1964. He broke the junior world record in the 200 meters this year. And that record he still holds… Yes, Usain Bolt.
Knighton is a rising pupil at Hillsboro High School who turned professional when he signed a contract with adidas and at the age of 17 was the youngest American man to compete in track and field at the Olympics since 1964. https://t.co/d9ocbxnCJz
– ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) 29 July 2021
– ErriyonK June 2, 2021
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