GAINESVILLE, Florida (April 1) — Erriyon Knighton [erriyon.k], the bronze medalist at the World Athletics Championships 200m, started his season strong by winning the men’s Olympic Development 100-meter dash at the 2023 Florida Relays on Saturday. The American sprinter finished in impressive fashion, clocking a time of 9.98 seconds (+2.1 m/s) to take first place.
Knighton, the World U20 record holder over 200m, skipped the indoor campaign to focus on outdoor events, and his decision proved to be wise. He won the second heat at Percy Beard Track Field on Saturday, defeating Jamaica’s Jelani Walker, who clocked 10.01 seconds for second place overall. Joseph Fahnbulleh of Liberia, a former standout at the University of Florida, finished third with a time of 10.04.
Andrew Hudson of Jamaica was fourth overall with a time of 10.05 seconds, while Duan Asemota of Athletics Canada took fifth place after winning the second heat in a wind-legal time of 10.16 seconds (1.5m/s). – Read more: Anna Hall runs 2:03.23 to win 800m at Florida Relays 2023
In the women’s Olympic Development 100m, USA’s Tamari Davis claimed the top spot with a time of 10.83 seconds, aided by a very strong +5.2m/s following wind.
Florida’s Talitha Diggs won the college women’s 100m with a wind-aided time of 10.92 seconds (4.1m/s), beating USC’s Samirah Moody (10.99 4.1m/s) and Kynnedy Flannel of Florida (11.10 4.1m/s).
PJ Austin of Florida won the men’s race with a time of 10.10 seconds (1.5m/s).