May 18, 2010

Tyson Gay Breaks 200 Meter Record: At the Great City Games in England, American sprinter Tyson Gay ran the straight-track 200 meters in 19.41 seconds Saturday, breaking an unofficial 44-year-old record set by Tommie Smith in 1966 by 0.09 seconds.

posted by rcade to olympics at 12:56 PM - 10 comments

Good, I hope Bolt gets some competition.

posted by bperk at 02:30 PM on May 18, 2010

...on a straight track.

Usain Bolt's time of 19.19s for the 200 at the 2009 IAAF World Championships still stands. Two-tenths is still a sizable gap.

posted by bluemagpie at 05:43 PM on May 18, 2010

I had no idea there was such an event, though I was just speaking the other day with a friend who's a marathoner about what it'd be like to run a "straight line marathon" someplace like Bonneville Salt Flats.

Can someone with experience enlighten me as to why Bolt's 200m time is faster with a curve? I'd've thought the energy expended going around a curve would lead to slower, not faster times.

posted by Uncle Toby at 05:57 PM on May 18, 2010

Because Bolt is faster is why.

posted by Jackjeckyl at 06:47 PM on May 18, 2010

And they don't run the straight 200 very often.

posted by owlhouse at 07:24 PM on May 18, 2010

Can someone without a talent for stating the obvious please enlighten me ;-)

posted by Uncle Toby at 08:32 PM on May 18, 2010

200 meters in a nutshell

After reading that, Tyson Gay would need the run of his life to beat Bolt on a straight track.

posted by bluemagpie at 10:18 PM on May 18, 2010

Congrats to Tyson Homosexual.

posted by holden at 01:57 PM on May 19, 2010

Seems an odd juxtaposition of words that Gay is running a 'straight' 200.

posted by Howard_T at 03:56 PM on May 19, 2010

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