LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Former Tiger Xavier Carter clocked the second fastest 200-meter time in the history of the world Tuesday with a scorching 19.63 performance at the Athletissima 2006.
Running out of lane eight, Carter blew by the field down the straightaway to earn his second professional victory in as many tries.
The sizzling run is the fastest in the world this season and has only ever been bettered by Michael Johnson who established the world-record time of 19.32 at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
The time, a personal best by an astounding .39 seconds, also shattered the meet record of 19.85 set by four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon in 1996.
“That was a big personal best for Xavier,” said Shaver. “The conditions here were ideal and I think Xavier and the rest of the field took advantage of that.”
In a field that included several of the world’s best, four athletes posted sub-20 second performances as Carter knocked off runner-up, Tyson Gay (19.70), World junior record holder, Usain Boldt (19.88), and World silver medalist, Wallace Spearmon (19.90).
“With the competition in the field this race was really being built up before we got here,” said Shaver. “But Xavier has done a good job of adjusting to this environment and getting himself ready to run. I told him before the race, ‘You need to run this race just like you run any other race.’ Fortunately he was able to relax and do that.”
Also competing Tuesday were former Tigers Walter Davis and Kelly Willie and former Lady Tiger Lolo Jones.
Davis picked up a third-place finish in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 57-1, while Willie and Jones turned in a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 100 meters (10.13) and 100 hurdles (12.68), respectively.
Up next, Carter will travel to Rome on Friday for the Golden Gala where he is slated to go head-to-head with Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner in the 400 meters.