Usain Bolt’s title as the greatest sprinter of all time is under threat. In the past month, two junior sprint records have been broken. This essentially means that the crop of young sprinters coming though the ranks is better than any that has come before. Them, combined with other talents like Lamont Marcel Jacobs, means that Bolt’s records don’t seem as insurmountable as they did a few years ago.
Errion Knighton Breaks Junior 200m record
Erriyon Knighton has been a huge name in the junior sprint scene for a few years now. He broke Usain Bolt’s junior 200m record aged 17, he recently shocked the world by breaking his record again. It was not necessarily the fact that he bettered his record that was impressive, rather the margin of his improvement. With a 19.49 second clocking, he improved his previous best by three tenths of a second.
This time places him fourth in the all-time list of 200m times – only being bested by Michael Johnson, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt. During the race, he also breezed past other hugely impressive athletes, like the University of Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh. This dominance was astonishing, especially as Knighton has not even entered the American Collegiate system.
Letsile Tebogo Breaks Junior 100m Record
At the Gaborone International Meet, Letsile Tebogo ran an incredible 9.96 second clocking in the 100m. This was just a thousandth of a second faster than the previous junior sprint record, held by Christian Coleman, but the fact that he has not turned 19 years old yet means he still has a lot of room for improvement in the next year. Winning the world U20 gold medal in Nairobi last year, he is also the Batswana record holder in the event.
Similarly to Knighton, Tebogo is already an established athlete, despite only being born in 2003. His junior sprint record is only more evidence that he deserves International spotlight as one of the athletic greats of the future. Former medalists in the U20 world championships include Yohan Blake and Harry Aikines-Aryeety, showing the calibre of athletes who are successful at that age. However, none of those previous athletes were even close to the level Tebogo has reached already. Certainly one to watch for the future, I believe that Tebogo will only improve on this record this season.
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