World U20 records* were broken in men’s sprint events in two different continents just five hours apart on Saturday (30) as Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo ran 9.96 for 100m in Gaborone and Erriyon Knighton clocked 19.49 for 200m in Baton Rouge.
At the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, Knighton produced one of the fastest times in history for 200m.
The 18-year-old US sprinter, who finished fourth at this distance at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, effortlessly pulled away from the rest of the field on the bend and already had a clear lead as he entered the straight. Olympic finalist Joseph Fahnbulleh did his best to stay with Knighton in the second half, but the teenager was too far ahead and crossed the line in 19.49 (1.4m/s) with Fahnbulleh taking second place in 19.92.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS