Tampa native Erriyon Knighton advances to men’s 200-meter semifinals


Erriyon Knighton finishes in third during the final in the men’s 200-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

TOKYO, Japan (WFLA) — Tampa native 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton is one step closer to achieving his Olympic dream after finishing first in his qualifying heat in the men’s 200-meter event.

Knighton finished with a time of 20.55, easing to the finish line with plenty in the tank. The Hillsborough High School star will run in the first of three semifinals at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The top two finishers in each semifinal, and the next 2 fastest qualifying times overall, advance to the final Wednesday at 8:55 a.m.

Knighton is the youngest male track Olympian since Jim Ryun in 1964.

In June, he ran the race in 20.11 seconds, breaking the under-18 world record previously set by Usain Bolt.

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