At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so many American athletes gave amazing performances including Paul Chelimo and Kenny Bednarek. Erriyon Knighton represented his country in the Tokyo Olympics and brought home a bronze medal (Men’s 200m).
Erriyon Knighton is an American runner who broke the record set by the legendary runner Usain Bolt in the under-18 and under-20 200m games.
The skilled 18 year-old field and track athlete showed excellent performances among various other reputed players in the trial games held in Eugene and secured his place in the USA Olympic team.
Knighton came third in the 200m during the trials with a great time of 19.84 seconds. Noah Lyles won the trial and Kenny Bednarek was the runner-up the trial.
He held the record for being the fastest under-18 sprinter on June 27, 2021, during the US Olympic Trials. He then held another record for being the fastest under-20 sprinter in the 200-meter race with 19.49 seconds (April 30, 2022).
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Popular Name||Erriyon Knighton|
|Real Name||Erriyon J. Knighton|
|Date of birth||January 29, 2004|
|Age||18 years old|
|Place of birth||Tampa, Florida, USA|
|Occupation||Professional track and field athlete|
|Net worth||200 Thousand USD|
|Height||6.3 ft (191 cm)|
Erriyon Knighton’s Net Worth
Knighton is just 18 years old and still has a long way to go.
However, even at such an early age, he has set some records and earned fame and money. The athlete has a net worth of 200 thousand USD, which will surely rise in the coming years.
Height, Weight, and Physical Measurements
The young and skilled athlete has a great height of 6.3 ft.
Along with height, Knighton also has a toned body and weighs around 77 kgs.
His tall height and maintained body weight make him swift on the tracks.
Family, Parents, and Early Life
Knighton was born in Tramp in Florida and is one of the three children of his parents. He and his siblings all grew up in their hometown.
He shared that his father Eddie Murphy was a former basketball player. His mother’s name is Tamara Hood. He has two siblings, one brother, and a sister. His sister’s name is Nasja Knighton and his brother’s name is Quay Knighton.
Besides this, he has not talked much about his family or his personal life.
Erriyon Knighton’s Girlfriend
The talented runner is too young to be married. So, we can be sure that he is still unmarried.
However, due to his wish to maintain privacy in his private life, no one knows if he is single or dating someone.
Knighton grew up in Tramp, so he enrolled at Hillsborough High in his hometown for schooling.
However, he dropped out of high school after signing a contract with Adidas to play professionally.
Knighton initially used to play football as the wide receiver for his high school team. But later, he switched to track and field following the advice given by his coach.
After switching to track, he started running in many competitions by specializing in 100m and 200m games.
He started competing in track for his high school. During his initial games, he participated in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic, and he became the second-fastest under-18 runner in history with 20.33 seconds as his time.
He became a natural runner and eventually got sponsored by Adidas at the very early age of sixteen.
He signed the contract in 2022, and in the same year, he wrote history in 200m games.
He broke the under-18 record set by the greatest sprinter Usain Bolt with his time of 20.11 seconds.
It was just the beginning as Knighton again broke another of the records set by Usain Bolt during the semi-final of the Olympic trials. He completed the 200m semi-final game with a time of 19.88 seconds. It broke the under-20 record that previously belonged to Bolt.
Knighton kept astonishing the audience during the trial and secured his place in the national team by winning third place in the final with 19.84 seconds which was even faster than this previous game.
His new time got him qualified for the Olympics. It also broke the record that he had set during the semi-final.