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The American High Schooler Surpassing Usain Bolt

Erriyon Knighton seized the lead halfway through a 200-meter race last month. He has not looked back, and now he’s running with a giant.

Knighton’s time of 19.49 seconds in the April 30 LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., Vaulted him a half-second ahead of Usain Bolt’s time at the same age, 18. The mark cements Knighton as one of the top sprinters globally ahead of the world championships this July in Eugene, Ore., the first time the event has ever been held in the United States. Knighton could be in the field depending on how he performs at the US championships in June.

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