I am sure Tyson Gay is saying (in his head) “Veni, vidi, vici”
It’s a famous Latin phrase reportedly written by Julius Caesar in 47 BC which literally translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered”.
Tyson Gay came. Tyson Gay saw. Tyson Gay conquered.
When Tyson Gay ran a 19.41 FAT at Manchester, he now has the ultimate world record without controversy.
That’s because Tommie Smith’s previous WR of 19.5 could be the FAT equivalent of 19.74 or possibly “slower”.
Tyson Gay’s splits en route to his 19.41 200m:
- 9.88 100m
- 14.41 150m
- 19.41 200m
His last 100m split was 9.53.
Progression of the 200 meters straight World Record
- 21.2 Bernard Wefers (USA) in New York, 30 May 1896
- 21.2 Ralph Craig (USA) in Philadelphia, 28 May 1910
- 21.2 Donald Lippincott (USA) in Cambridge, Mass, 31 May 1913
- 21.2 Howard Drew (USA) in Claremont, 28 Feb 1914
- 21.2 George Parker (USA) in Fresno, 2 Oct 1914
- 20.8 Charlie Paddock (USA) in Berkeley, 26 March 1921
- 20.8 Charlie Paddock (USA) in West Orange, 6 Sept 1924
- 20.6 Roland Locke (USA) in Lincoln, 1 May 1926
- 20.6 Ralph Metcalfe (USA) in Budapest, 12 Aug 1933
- 20.3 Jesse Owens (USA) in Ann Arbor, 25 May 1935
- 20.2 Mel Patton (USA) in Los Angeles, 7 May 1949
- 20.1 David Sime (USA) in Durham, NC, 11 May 1956
- 20.0 David Sime (USA) in Sanger, 9 June 1956
- 20.0 Frank Budd (USA) in Villanova, 12 May 1962
- 20.0 Tommie Smith (USA) in San Jose, 13 March 1965
- 19.5 Tommie Smith (USA) in San Jose, 7 May 1966
- 19.41 Tyson Gay (USA) in Manchester, 16 May 2010
UPDATE: Check back on this site in a few hours for the latest Tyson Gay Great Manchester City Games 200 meter 19.41 world record Video!
1. Excellent Tyson!
2. 21.2 in 1896 by Bernard Wefers is an amazing time also.
3. Where are the reps from the other countries on the list? Maybe on one else is interested outside of the U.S.?
jad adrian says
1) It’s rather hard to put a name on that list now along with the ‘Americans’ anyway. Maybe we would see any Jamaicans? Who knows.
2) But the problem is that the unavailability of the 200m track out there. Myself actually would like to run 200m straight so i can compare my 200m ‘curve + straight’ times. That is interesting.
Your right. it is interesting. I was also thinking along the same lines as your “… the unavailability of the 200m track…” It kind of diminishes the record a bit but it is intriguing nonetheless.
200 meters for a straight out burn seems like punishment multiplied with pain. (If one is giving it a 100% effort)
As far as the Americans only in the books, it raises some eyebrows as to if the record is completely fair or is it just one of those events that should be kept far off in a little corner. I would think that the Jamaicans, the Caribbean nations, and a number of the Commonwealth countries (plus sprinters from a few other countries dotting the map) would have some say if it was a common event. But something is just not right when a small percentage of the world’s nations dominate the sprinting events. Perhaps the lack of coaching and support are the main reasons.
By the way, Jad, do you currently run? And if so, when, where and how? It would be nice to hear about the people who frequent this site and what their programs, schools, clubs and times are.
jad adrian says
Nice statements in there. I might say that the 200 or 150 straight could be resurrected by holding an annual tracks festival so everyone can take part.
Well, I’m now residing in Kuala Lumpur MAS, a sprinter, competed at the national and international level meets in Asia/Oceania and was a member of the 2009 Universiade.
I’ve just browse one of the pages on the blog and seen your name. I thought you have finished reading the ‘speed trap’ by the late Charlie Francis isn’t you? I’ve also finished reading one of his books, ‘Training for speed’ and it was phenomenal but I’m having problem to look for the ‘speed trap’ now.
Anyhow, did you bought it online Fred? It would be great if you or anyone can show me any links which is sell the book online please?
Michael Urban says
Just found this website and find it absolutely great, particularly for anyone who has ever been involved in track and field. Really enjoy finding the video clips of performances past and present that never seem to make it to U.S. coverage of sports, dominated as it is by baseball, basketball and football. Tyson Gay’s 200 time was absolutely stunning.