7 Jul 2013

Bolt wins Diamond League 200

9:19 am on 7 July 2013

The Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt has raced to a world-leading time of 19.73 seconds in the 200 metres at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday.

It was the 26-year-old's second outing over his favoured event this season after clocking 19.79sec at Oslo on June 13.

American rival Tyson Gay had clocked 19.74sec in winning the US championships in Des Moines last month.

After an average start reaction time, Bolt exploded into the corner and was up on compatriot Warren Weir in lane seven within 10 paces.

As he rounded the bend, Weir looked like he would resume parity, but teeth clenched and at full tilt, Bolt destroyed the field in the final 40 metres to set a new meeting record, the previous best of 20.01sec set by US track legend Michael Johnson in 1990.

Olympic bronze medallist Weir claimed second place in 19.92sec, with France's Christophe Lemaitre finishing third in a season's best of 20.07.