Gay sprints to 19.41 world best on 200m straight


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - Tyson Gay set a new world best in winning the 200 meters on a straight track Sunday at the Powerade Great City Games in Manchester, U.K.

A triple gold medalist at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, Gay ran 19.41 seconds into a slight headwind on a specially constructed 200m straight track on the streets of Manchester. The previous world best of 19.5 was set by the legendary Tommie Smith back in 1966 on a cinder track in San Jose, Calif. Smith was trackside for Gay's race and told BBC Sports "It was a great race."

Gay came into the race having run 44.89 over 400m on April 17 in Gainesville, Fla. His impressive time over 400m made him the first man to run under 10 seconds for the 100m, 20 seconds for the 200m and 45 seconds over 400m.

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