Bolt races to year’s fastest 200m time

PARIS (Reuters) – Olympic champion Usain Bolt sent a strong warning to his challengers by running a world-leading time of 19.73 seconds over 200 metres to win the Paris Diamond League event yesterday.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (C) crosses the finish line of the men’s 200 ahead of second placed compatriot Warren Weir (L) and third placed Christophe Lemaitre (R) of France at the IAAF Diamond League athletics event at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, July 6, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (C) crosses the finish line of the men’s 200 ahead of second placed compatriot Warren Weir (L) and third placed Christophe Lemaitre (R) of France at the IAAF Diamond League athletics event at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, July 6, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

The world record holder eased to the finish line to better American Tyson Gay’s leading mark by 0.01 seconds, just one month before the world championships in Moscow.
“I was good, I’m very happy about what I did,” a relaxed Bolt said in a trackside interview.

Home favourite Christophe Lemaitre, who won the world bronze two years ago, finished third in 20.07 with Jamaican Warren Weir second in 19.92.

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