Tokyo Olympics: American teen sensation shatters Usain Bolt's record to seal Olympic place

  • 29/06/2021

The Tokyo Olympics could be the launching pad for the world's next global sprint superstar.

American Erriyon Knighton, 17, last month broke Usain Bolt's under-18 200-metre record set back in 2003.

Then on Monday (NZ time) at the US Olympic trials, he smashed Bolt's under-20 record in the 200-metre final - finishing third with a time of 19.84 seconds to qualify for Tokyo.

"I just stayed focused, [and] did what I had to do, when I ran a race to my own capability," Knighton says.

"Words can't explain how I feel right now."

Knighton is reportedly the youngest man to make the US Olympic track and field team since 1964.

To put his effort into context, Knighton's time of 19.84 seconds wasn't bettered by Usain Bolt until he was nearly 21.