In Paris, Erriyon Knighton likely will face an old and challenging test once more: beating three-time 200m world champion Noah Lyles.

Here's how the 20-year-old track and field star is preparing to meet his biggest foe.

The road to Paris

Who is Erriyon Knighton's coach?

Erriyon Knighton trains under Mike Holloway, the head track and field coach at the University of Florida.

How has Erriyon Knighton done this season?

Erriyon Knighton had a successful 2023 season, nabbing his first national title at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in July (19.72 seconds), earned silver at the 2023 World Championships in August (his 19.75 finish falling second behind Lyles’ 19.52), and finished third at the Diamond League in September.

He ended his season with eight finishes under 20 seconds in the 200m.

Has Erriyon Knighton qualified for the Paris Olympics?

Erriyon Knighton will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Roster at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, June 21 to 30. 

Who is Erriyon Knighton’s biggest competitor?

Despite his long list of accomplishments, Erriyon Knighton has one hurdle he has yet to overcome: three-time world champion Noah Lyles.

After gaining a lead on Lyles initially, Knighton slipped just behind him in the final few steps of the 200m race at the 2022 U.S. Championships, falling to a silver finish. While Knighton was earning bronze at the 2022 World Championships, Lyles was again grabbing the top prize. 

Knighton’s first gold finish, from the 2023 U.S. Championships, came in a race that Lyles opted to skip, given his automatic bye as world champion. 

Should the two stars get a chance to duke it out once more, it'll be a can't-miss race.