New sensation among America’s young sprinters, 17-year-old Erriyon Knigthon, set a 200-meter U18 world record in the Dual County Challenge, held at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the event that is part of the World Athletics Continental Tour, bronze category, Knigthon left a time of 20.11 seconds, escorted by Trayvonn Bromell with 20.20 and the British Zharnel Hughes with 20.30.
Knigthon left behind the former U18 universal record held by Jamaican Usain Bolt with 20.13, imposed on July 20, 2003 in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the Junior Pan American Championship.
Now the American, who became a professional athlete at the beginning of 2021, will still have two seasons left, not counting the current one, to go for the U20 world record, also held by Bolt with 19.93, set in April 2004.
In other highlights of the day at Jacksonville, Grant Holloway triumphed in the 110m hurdles with 13.10 seconds, followed by Devon Allen with 13.22 and Daniel Roberts with 13.23.
In the 400 dash, Michael Cherry prevailed with 44.74, escorted by Justin Robinson with 45.00 and Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago with 45.16. In the same distance, but in women, Allyson Felix was first with 50.66, accompanied on the podium by Wadeline Jonathas with 51.00 and Gabrielle Thomas with 51.15.
In 100 hurdles, Britanny Anderson from Jamaica was the winner with 12.59 seconds, followed by Cristina Clemons with 12.64 and fellow Jamaican Danielle Williams with 12.65.
In 400 hurdles, the victory corresponded to Dalilah Muhammad with 55.01, escorted by Casandra Tate with 56.34 and Deonca Bookan with 56.38.
In the 100m dash, Briana Williams was the winner with 10.98, followed by Mikiah Brisco with 11.09 and Dezerea Bryant with 11.14.
In the male distance, the conquest went to Ronnie Baker with 9.99. Then came the Jamaican Yohan Blake with 10.09 and Marvin Bracy with 10.11.