17 May 2010

Gay breaks Smith's world mark

7:06 am on 17 May 2010

The American sprinter Tyson Gay has set a new world record for the straight 200m with a stunning run at the Great City Games in Manchester.

Gay, the world 100m silver medallist stormed ahead of Kim Collins to clock 19.41 seconds and beat Tommie Smith's 44-year-old mark by 9-one-hundreths of a second.

Smith, who won gold at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, was trackside to witness Gay's efforts.

World track record holder Usain Bolt didn't compete.