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Usain Bolt of Jamaica 200 Meters World Record in 19.30 Seconds

Usain Bolt, 22, of Jamaica broke a 12-year-old record for the 200 meters Wednesday, crossing the finish line in 19.30 seconds. Bolt turns 22 on the day after his 200-meter world record on August 21.

Usain Bolt (nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”) is the first man to break a record in the 100 meter and the 200 meter sprint.

According to Jamaican sprint coach Bert Cameron, Usain Bolt at age 12 ran 52-flat for the 400-meter on a grass track — a grass track with ruts.

Recent 200-meter world records:
The top 10 200-meter times.

19.30 — Usain Bolt (Jamaica), 2008. Beijing

19.32 — Michael Johnson (U.S.), 1996, Atlanta

19.62 — Tyson Gay (U.S.), 2007, Indianapolis (AT&T USA Track and Field Championships)

19.63 — Xavier Carter (U.S.), 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland (Grand Prix)

19.65 — Wallace Spearmon (U.S.), 2006, Daegu, South Korea (Meet)

19.66 — Michael Johnson (U.S.), 1996, Atlanta (Olympic Trials)

19.67 — Usain Bolt (Jamaica), 2008, Athens

19.68 — Frankie Fredericks (Namibia), 1996, Atlanta

19.69 — Walter Dix (U.S.), 2007, Gainesville, Fla.

19.72 – Pietro Mennea (Italy), 1979, Mexico City

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