Usain Bolt Runs Fastest 200 Meters of the Year

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Multiple-event world record holder, six-time Olympic champion, and overall athletic freak of nature Usain Bolt blew away his competition at the Paris Diamond League race on Saturday, winning the 200 meters in a scorching 19.73 seconds. Bolt finished ahead of Jamaican teammate Warren Weir, who placed second with a great time of 19.92, and France’s Christophe Lemaitre, who finished third in a time of 20.07.

As per usual in his dominate races, Bolt eased up a bit at the finish line. His time was still fast enough, though, to beat the best-of-the-year mark of 19.74 seconds set by American sprint champion Tyson Gay.

Bolt was a bit more humble before the race than he is normally known to be, admitting that he didn’t feel as untouchable as he once did and acknowledging that anyone can be beaten.

The two sprinters look to be an a collision course of the upcoming World Championships in Moscow. Gay won the 100 meters sprint on Thursday in a time of 9.79 seconds, beating Jamaica’s Asafa Powell and fellow American Michael Rodgers (the two ran times of 9.88 seconds and 9.96 seconds, respectively). The winning time was only .04 seconds behind Gay’s world-leading 100 meter time set at the US trials back in June. Gay has the second-fastest 100 meter sprint ever recorded (trailing only Bolt, of course), and has beaten Powell, perceived to be Bolt’s biggest rival, in five of their previous six match-ups.

 

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