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World Record Progression, men 200m

A. Officially ratified by IAAF

19″ 19. Usain Bolt, JAM, 20 Aug 09, Berlin

19″ 30. Usain Bolt, JAM, 20 Aug 08, Beijing

19″ 32. Michael Johnson, USA, 01 Aug 96, Atlanta

19″ 66. Michael Johnson, USA, 23 Jun 96, Atlanta

19″ 72. Pietro Mennea, ITA, 12 Sep 79, Mexico City

19″ 83. Tommie Smith, USA, 16 Oct 68, Mexico City

Hand timing

19″ 8 Donald Quarrie, JAM 03 AUg 71, Cali

19″ 8/19″9y Don Quarrie, JAM, 07 Jun 75, Eugene

19″ 8 Tommie Smith, USA, 16 Oct 68, Mexico City

20″ 0y Tommie Smith, USA, 11 Jun 68, Sacramento

20″ 2y Henry Carr, USA, 04 Apr 64, Tempe

20″ 3y Henry Carr, USA, 23 Mar 63, Tempe

20″ 5y Paul Drayton USA, 23 Jun 62, Walnut

20″ 5 Livio Berruti ITA, 03 Sep 60, Rome

20″ 5 Livio Berruti ITA, 03 Sep 60, Rome

20″ 5 Ray Norton, USA, 02 Jul 60, Stanford

20″ 5 Stone Johnson, USA, 02 Jul 60, Stanford

20″ 5y Peter Radford, GBR, 28 May 60, Wolverhampton

20″ 6 Ray Norton, USA, 30 Apr 60, Philadelphia

20″ 6 Ray Norton, USA, 19 Mar 60, Berkeley

20″ 6 Bobby Morrow, USA, 27 Nov 56, Melbourne

20″ 6 Thane Baker, USA, 23 Jun 56, Bakersfield

20″ 6 Andrew Stanfield, USA, 28 Jun 52, Los Angeles

20″ 6y Andrew Stanfield, USA, 26 May 51, Philadelphia

21″ 2y Willie Applegarth, GBI, 04 Jul 14, London

B. Performances statistically valid but unratified for various reasons

19.92. John Carlos, USA, 12 Sep 68, Echo Summit

Hand timing

20.4y Henry Carr, USA, 19 Mar 63, Tempe

20.5y Bob Hayes, USA, 092 Mar 63, Coral Gables

20.5 Bob Hayes, USA,10 Feb 63, Pointe–Pierre

20.6 Ray Norton USA, 02 May 59, San Jose

20.6 Ray Norton, USA, 04 Aug 59, Göteborg

20.6 Thane Baker, USA, 27 Oct 56, Santa Ana

20.6 Bobby Morrow, USA, 30 Jun 56, Los Angeles

20.6 Andrew Stanfield, USA, 23 Jun 56, Bakersfield

20.6 Bobby Morrow, USA, 16 Jun 56, Berkeley

20.6 Heinz Fotterer, FRG, 04 Sep 55, Koln

20.6 Arthur Bragg, USA, 29 Jul 53, Koln

21.0 Ralph Metcalfe, USA, 06 Aug 33, Berlin

20.6y James Carlton, AUS, 16 Jan 32, Sydney

20.6y Roland Locke, USA, 01 May 26, Lincoln

21.2y Harry Evans, USA, 04 Oct 24, Colombes

21.2y Charles Paddock, USA, 06 May 23, Paris

C. Unofficial Progression before IAAF

24.0y Percy Thornton, GBR, 24 Feb 1866, London

23.2y Charles Emery, GBR, 19 May 1886, London

23.0y William Colett, GBR, 24 Nov 1866, London

22.8y Edward Colbeck, GBR, 31 May 1867, London

22.8y John Reay, GBR, 17 May 1873, London

22.8y Montague Sherman, 1875, GBR.

22.6y Frederic Elborough, GBR, 07 Oct 1876, London

22.5y Lawrence Myers, USA, 15 Sep 1881, New York

22.2y Milroy Cowie, GBR, 22 Sep 1883, London

21.8y Harry Hutchens, GBR, 11 May 1885, London

21.8 y Luther Cary, USA, 31 May 1891, New York

21.6y Harry Jewett, USA, 14 Sep 1892, Montreal

21.4y Jim Maybury, USA, 05 Jun 1897, Chicago

21.4y Robert Kerr, CAN, 11 Sep 1908, Toronto

21.4 Robert Kerr, CAN, 26 Sep 1908, Toronto

21.3y Jack Donaldson, AUS, 26 Jul 1911, Glasgow

y denotes 220 yards (= 201.17 m)

The IAAF first distinguished between records made on a full turn and those made on a straight track in 1951

D. Best low altitude marks set while a high atlitude world record (in paranthesis) was standing

20″ 30. Valeriy Borzov (19″83), URS, 13 Aug 71, Helsinki

20″ 28. Larry Black (19″83), USA, 03 Sep 72, München

20″ 00. Valeriy Borzov (19″83), URS, 04 Sep 72, München

19″ 96. Pietro Mennea (19″72), ITA, 17 Aug 80, Barletta

19″ 75. Carl Lewis (19″72), USA, 19 Jun 83, Indianapolis

19″ 75. Joe DeLoach (19″72), USA, 28 Sep 88, Seoul

19″ 73. Michael Marsh (19″72), USA, 05 Aug 92, Barcelona

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