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Erriyon Knighton reacts after winning the men's 200-meter semifinal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

A 17-year-old fleet-footed phenom from Florida had quite the morning yesterday — well, evening in Tokyo — if you hadn’t heard.

Driving the news: Erriyon Knighton, a rising senior at Hillsborough High and the youngest Olympian to race for the U.S. in 57 years, secured a spot in today’s 200-meter final by coasting to victory with a semifinal time of 20.02 seconds.

  • In doing so, he became the youngest male Olympian to make the 200-meter final in 37 years.
  • Don’t miss it: The final will take place in just a few hours at 8:55am.

What they’re saying: "Knighton just got a horrible start, spent half the home straight looking over his shoulder ... and won," tweeted LetsRun.com writer Jonathan Gault. "The 17-year-old is [into] his first Olympic final. Suspect it won’t be his last."

Flashback: Knighton didn’t start running until three years ago, when a football coach saw his speed and told him to join track.

Quick take: There’s reason to believe he could win. Knighton beat current world champion Noah Lyles twice in the Olympic trials. But Canada’s two finalists will be hard to best.

What to watch: When he hits the home straight, he turns on the speed, like he’s been fired out of a slingshot.

The intrigue: If he wins, will he wear his medal to the first day of senior year?

  • "Right when I get home from Tokyo, I’m off to school," he told ABC Action News. "I feel like I should get a couple days off, but I can’t. I’ve got to go to school."

Go deeper: Ben’s daughter Asher profiled Knighton for the HHS student paper this spring and parlayed that into a profile of her classmate in the New York Times.

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Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

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Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.

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