The 18-year-old had the advantage coming out of the bend, but Lyles passed him on the straight while amusingly raising his finger in Knighton’s general direction as he finished in 19.67 seconds.
The fourth-fastest man over 200 meters, Knighton ran 19.49 seconds in April.
Lyles, 24, stated, “I do what it takes to win.
“I wasn’t concerned that Erriyon had beaten me on the turn. I proclaimed that I would catch him. I’m going to take the remaining 100, so I did that.”
Fred Kerley, who won the 100m on Friday, finished third after Knighton’s 19.69 second-place finish.
Fred Kerley, who won the 100 meters on Friday, finished third in 19.83 and earned the final spot for the World Championships. Knighton won the silver medal in 19.69.
Next month, they will take place in Eugene, Oregon, on the same track.
Sha’Carri Richardson is unlikely to attend after finishing outside of the women’s 200-meter semifinals. Additionally, earlier in the meet in the 100m, she was unable to advance.
Richardson, who tested positive for marijuana last year and was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics, has vowed not to let her failure to qualify for the relay team deter her from competing.
“I refer to this season as a stop in my long path, which includes this season.”
No matter the media or the critics, Richardson remarked, “I describe this season as part of my trip and my journey is a lengthy trek that is not over.”
Abby Steiner won, beating her previous record of 21.80 seconds that she had set in the semifinals barely two hours earlier by crossing the finish line in 21.77 seconds.
People sometimes try to limit you after a collegiate season and claim that you will be burned out, she said, adding that she is confident in her ability to maintain her form through Worlds.
“My coach and I believe in the process.”
Despite setting the early pace, Tamara Clark came in second in 21.92, and Jena Prandini finished in 22.01. Gabby Thomas, who won a bronze medal in Tokyo, came in third.
Despite setting the early pace, Tamara Clark came in second in 21.92, and Jena Prandini finished in 22.01. Gabby Thomas, who won the bronze medal in Tokyo, struggled with a damaged hamstring and finished seventh, breaking down in tears.
Rai Benjamin set the fastest time of the year in the 400-meter hurdles for men with a mark of 47.04 seconds. He will now compete against Karsten Warholm, who beat him in Tokyo when they both finished in under the world record time, in a tantalizing matchup at the world championships.