Tyson Gay is, as I like to say, not quite slow…
On a straight track in Manchester, U.K. this morning he ran a 19.41 second 200 meter race, beating Tommie Smith’s 19.5 second race on a cinder track in San Jose, California back in 1966. He faced a slight headwind, which seems to be when he races best at this distance.
Tyson Gay is the first man to run under 10 seconds in the 100 meters, under 20 seconds in the 200 meters, and under 45 seconds in the 400 meters, which he did in Gainesville, Florida back in April with a 44.89.
“Going into the race I knew it was going to be tough to beat the record,” said Gay.
“It was pretty hard for the first 100m or so and I was extremely tired. Kim Collins had an excellent start and I think that motivated me to get down the street. It was truly amazing and it was tough record to break.”
Up next, Gay is looking at the IAAF Diamond League series where he hopes to rival Usain Bolt’s dominance in the sprints.
(More Info: IAAF)