Usain Bolt set new world record for 200m in 19.59 seconds

Usain Bolt ran the 200m at the Athletissima meet in Lausaunne with a time of 19.59 seconds - one tenth of a second off the world leading time set by Tyson Gay at the Reebok Grand Prix on 31st May, 2009.

In the torrential rainfall the Jamaican runner clocked just one hundredth of a second outer of the fastest time of the year set by American Tyson Gay, in his first and only European 200 meters appearance before next month's World Championships in Berlin.

Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Bolt holds the Olympic and world records for the 100 meters at 9.69 seconds, the 200 meters at 19.30 seconds and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 meters relay at 37.10 seconds, all set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bolt became the first man to win all three events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man in history to set world records in all three at a single Olympics.

In characteristic way Bolt left the field sprawling in his wake up as he ran a time that suggested in better circumstances, he possibly will be on form to intimidate his own world record of 19.30 set by the Beijing Olympics.


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