Wayde Van Niekerk defeated American BeeJay Lee by 0.33 seconds to claim the fastest time ever run by a South Africa over 200 meters! His time of 19.84 seconds is faster than the current SA Record!
The Adidas Boost Boston Games was held on an elevated straight track constructed between Boston Common and the Public Garden, the world’s fastest men and women will sprint down Charles Street, wowing fans and breaking records as the viewing public watches from only feet away from the track.
During all the super fast track events just up from the finish line in Boston Common the public was treated by world-class pole vaulters and long jumpers jumping high and far down a runway completely open to the public.
“It was challenging,” Van Niekerk told reporters. “To be honest I thought I did a 400. It was a bit tough.”
The Olympic 400m champion was tuning up to run both the 200 and 400 at August’s world championships in London.
“I’ve still got a lot of work to do and have a lot of areas I need to look into,” he said. “But it was a positive win for me today.
Bahamian Olympic women’s 400m gold medallist Miller-Uibo smashed American Allyson Felix’s 200m straightaway world best with another runaway victory. She finished in 21.76 seconds in taking out Felix’s 2010 best of 22.55 seconds at the Manchester, England, street meet.
Typically, 200m races are run around a bend and only those are recognised as world records. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has the men’s record of 19.19 seconds and American Florence Griffith Joyner holds the women’s mark at 21.34.
Tori Bowie, a double sprint medallist at Rio, took down another Felix world best in the women’s 150m straightaway, running 16.30 seconds. Felix set the previous best of 16.36 at Manchester in 2013.
South African Sprinter Akani Simbine sped through his 100 meters dash in 10.209 sec to get silver behind Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago in 10.208 sec.
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