Usain Bolt blasts a wet 19.59 into the wind in Lausanne

Apparently the Jamaican sprint monster who captivated track fans and civilians alike at the 2008 Olympics with a pair of world records in the 100 (9.69) and 200 (19.32) meters hasn’t been spending all of his time since then celebrating and getting in car accdents. Last night, running into a 0.9 m/s headwind in rainy conditions in Lausanne, Switzerland, Bolt blazed a 19.59 in the 200 in what was clearly among the greatest sprint efforts of all time. It was the fourth-fastest wind-legal 200 ever. American Tyson Gay ran 19.58 earlier this year.

To put Bolt’s run in perspective, he won the race by a calamitous 0.82 seconds, and the runner up was a 2008 gold medalist himself–American LaShawn Merritt, stepping down from his customary event of 400 meters.