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Erriyon Knighton, 17, Drops Insane 9.99 For 100 Meters

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Jaylen Slade and Erriyon Knighton

Erriyon Knighton, 17, Drops Insane 9.99 For 100 Meters

May 3, 2021

Two very fast high schoolers showcased the Florida Pure Athletics Sprint meet in Clermont, Florida, over the weekend. Erriyon Knighton and Jaylen Slade two names to watch for in the years to come by. 

Better known as 200m Runners. Slade and Knighton both had impressive performances in the 100 Meter Dash. Going toe to toe with two veteran Caribbean sprinters in both the heats and finals. 

It was a sizzling fast Heat 1 with 3 men aided by a +2.7 m/s tailwind under 10 seconds Cejhae Greene of Antigua winning in 9.98 from former World Champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica 9.98. Erriyon Knighton clocked a fast 9.99 at 17 years of age. The 17-year-old wind-legal record is 10.01 by Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan set in 2013.  Jaylen Slade was 4th in 10.03.

This improved on his PB of 10.29 as a 16-year-old.

It marked the third time since 2013 an American U20 athlete broke 10 seconds, following the likes of Matthew Boling (9.98, +4.2) in 2019 and Trayvon Bromell (9.99, +4.0) in 2013. 

Heats

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1 cejhae green PUMA MVP International 9.98 (9.974) +2.7 m/s q

2 Yohan Blake adidas 9.98 (9.978) +2.7 m/s q

3 Erriyon Knighton Adidas 9.99 +2.7 m/s q

4 Jaylen Slade IMG Elite 10.03 +2.7 m/s q

5 Aleigh Mc Intyre CPTC – Tracksmith 10.78 +2.7 m/s q

6 Oraine Palmer Wisdom Athletics 10.79 +2.7 m/s q

7 Jason Paris Unattached 10.84 (10.840) +2.7 m/s q


Finals

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1 cejhae green PUMA MVP International 10.02 (10.016) +2.1 m/s

2 Yohan Blake adidas 10.02 (10.019) +2.1 m/s

3 Devin Quinn RunUXpress 10.03 +2.1 m/s

4 Jaylen Slade IMG Elite 10.04 +2.1 m/s

5 Erriyon Knighton Adidas 10.07 +2.1 m/s

6 Julian Forte MVP Track & Field Club 10.19 +2.1 m/s

7 Chijindu Ujah Unattached 10.36 +2.1 m/s

8 Jevaughn Minzie Titans 10.52 (10.513)

In the finals, Greene narrowly held off Blake. Slade made It 1-1 against Knighton winning by just .03 seconds. The eagerly awaited match-up led to a tie. Both young men timed wind-aided 10.0 times.

With Letsile Tebogo of Botswana with the wind-legal 10.14 world junior leading time. It will be exciting at the World Juniors in Kenya with Slade and Knighton, the top 2 200m guys also looking to challenge the 100 Meters.

 

Sources:

https://www.milesplit.com/articles/296417/erriyon-knighton-17-drops-insane-999-for-100-meters

 

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