Bolt coasts in Shanghai 200m at 19.76

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the 200 meters at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on Sunday, May 23, cruising to victory in 19.76 seconds. Americans Angelo Taylor was second in 20.34, and Ryan Bailey third in 20.43.
Bolt arrived at the meeting to find he had been given lane six, not considered the best when attacking the crown of the bend after the start of the race. But it seemed to make little difference to the 23-year-old Jamaican who motored in the home straight to produce a world-class performance.

"I did not choose my lane. I did not know I was in lane six . I actually only found out when I got to the track, unless my agent (Ricky Simms) talked to my coach and agreed to it." Whether Simms and Bolt's coach were experimenting and giving the world record holder the chance to test himself out in an unhelpful lane has not been revealed.

"This year I said I'm not going to chase any records," Bolt said and added, "It doesn't matter if I get beaten this season, because it's the offseason. If Tyson decides that he wants to break a record, fine with me. If he wants to chase them down, I have no problem with that. I'm just going to run and stay unbeaten this season. I'm looking forward to the clashes."

Yesterday in Shanghai Bolt wore the 'PUMA Unity' colors to show his support for PUMA?s Africa Unity campaign, which raises money and awareness for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (a United Nations Environmental Program initiative) and supports the PUMA African football teams competing in South Africa at this year's World Cup.

Next up for Bolt will be a race in Ostrava, Czech Repbulic. This will be interesting because he's running the 300m. Michael Johnson has the World Best time of 30.85, set in 2000. There isn't technically a World Record since it's not a normal sanctioned distance (100m, 200m, and 400m).


Video and results here.