Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lightning Bolt during rain

Usain Bolt ran the fourth fastest 200-metre race in 19.59 seconds in sinking temperatures and heavy rainfall at the Athletissima meet on Tuesday.

It was one-hundredth of a second slower than what American Tyson Gay ran in May with fair weather and a breeze at his back.

But with the temperature in Lausanne dipping to 15 degrees and the track slowed by a downpour , Bolt showed he was back in top form after winning the 100 200 in world records at the Beijing Olympics.

“I’m in good shape, but I’m not fully ready yet,” said the 22-year old Jamaica. Bolt said he was “not concerned with records,” even though he was within three-tenths of a second of the 19.30 he posted in Beijing.

The other faster is Michael Johnson’s 19.32 at the 1996 Atlanta Games. La Shawn Merritt was a distant second in 20.41, while fellow American Shawn Crawford finished more than a second behind in fourth.

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