Erriyon Knighton’s agent gives an update: “I guarantee you, everyone will see him and they’ll be amazed”

American Erriyon Knighton, the fifth fastest 200-meter runner in history, withdrew from the 200 meters at last week’s Prefontaine Classic, a discouraging development for the 20-year-old star given the US Olympic Trials begin in less than one month and Knighton has yet to run an individual race during the 2024 outdoor season. After Pre, reached out to Knighton’s agent John Regis and asked him why Knighton was absent and whether he was injured. Regis wouldn’t answer the latter question specifically but spoke very highly about Knighton’s prospects moving forward this summer.

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“It’s the choice of the athlete at this particular point,” Regis said. “He’s getting ready for the championships. For him, he has to focus on what he’s doing now in training. When he’s able to go out there and show his form, he will show his form.” noted to Regis that Knighton had also been listed among the initial entries at the adidas Atlanta City Games on May 18, but Regis said Knighton was not actually scheduled to run that meet.

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“When he’s ready to run, I guarantee you, everyone will see him and they’ll be amazed at how fast he’s able to do what he does,” Regis said.

Knighton has not raced at all outdoors apart from a couple of relay legs in Gainesville in March, and Regis said he was not sure if he would race before the Trials. But when asked Regis if Knighton was still planning on competing at the Trials, he was clear: “Oh absolutely,” Regis said.

Given the competition in the US right now — world champ Noah Lyles, Kenny Bednarek (19.67 sb), and the emerging Courtney Lindsey (19.71 sb) — Knighton will have to be close to his best if he is going to make a second Olympic team.

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