Gabby Thomas runs 2nd fastest 200m in history, Erriyon Knighton smashes Bolt's U20 World record

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Gabby Thomas will be the main gold medal favorite in the women's 200m at the Tokyo Olympics after she set the 2nd fastest time in history to win the U.S. Olympic trials title on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

The 24-year-old destroyed the women's 200m field clocking 21.61 - the fastest time in the world this year, new U.S. trials meet record, and the 2nd fastest time ever in the event. Women's 200m World record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner ran 21.34 at Seoul Olympic Games way back in 1988.

Jenna Prandini took the second in a new personal best of 21.89, while Anavia Battle finished in third in 21.95, also a personal best. Tamara Clark finished fourth in 21.98, and Allyson Felix placed fifth in 22.11. 

In the men's 200m semi-finals heat #2,  the 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton clocked an unbelievable 19.88 (+1.1 m/s) to beat reigning World champions Noah Lyles (19.91, 2nd in the heat) and to smash Usain Bolt's U20 world record of 19.93. A day earlier on Friday in the men's 200m heats, Knighton also defeated Lyles with by then a new PB 20.04. 

Kenny Bednarek won heat 1 with a time of 19.90 seconds as Isiah Young finished 2nd in 19.99 seconds.

Women's 200m Final

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