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Last Updated: Wednesday July 08 2009 07:08 GMT

Usain Bolt's speedy race victory

Usain Bolt

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, ran the fourth-fastest 200 metres race in history in dreadful weather at the Lausanne Grand Prix in Switzerland.

With the World Athletics Championships starting in Berlin on 15 August, the triple Olympic gold-medallist has set an impressive pace for his rivals.

Usain Bolt's time of 19.59 seconds wowed commentators even more as he achieved it in driving winds and rain.

Olympic 400m champion Lashawn Merritt came second.

After the race, Usain Bolt said there was still room for improvement before the championships in Germany.

But the 22-year-old sprinter, who's already the world record holder in the 100m and 200m races, said he was pleased with his performance.

"I'm in good shape, but I'm not fully ready yet," he added. "I still need to work on a few technical things."