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The 200 meter hurdles WR is really the “equivalent” 220 yard hurdles WR, which is approximately 201.2 meters.
On April 2, 1960 in a dual meet, Don Styron ran a time of 21.9 (adjusted to 22.14 FAT) for the straightaway 220 yard low hurdles. That record is now over 50 years old! Now that’s old! (Wait a minute.. I’m almost 50 years old!)
For some perspective, Jesse Owens ran 22.6 (breaking the previous WR of 23.0 seconds) in the meet where he set or tied 6 World Records in a 45 minute span on May 25, 1935.
Recently, the fastest FAT recorded time is 22.55 by Laurent Ottoz of Italy in 1995. Ottoz was a 400mH with a PR of 48.52.
In today’s Great Manchester City Games, the two contenders with a chance of breaking the WR are Bershawn Jackson and Felix Sanchez. Jackson has a 47.30 PR and a 21.03 200 meter flat PR. The aging Sanchez has PRs of 47.25 and 20.87 respectively.
Will Don Styron’s 22.14 world record be broken?
If you want to see how they make a track on a road surface, see my article on the The Making of Manchester and Temporary Tracks