Lausanne:Jamaican athletics phenomenon Usain Bolt recorded the fourth fastest time in history in the 200 metres of 19.59 seconds here at the Grand Prix meeting despite it pouring with rain.
The 22-year-old triple Olympic champion - world record holder both at 100m and 200m - eased home 82hundreth of a second ahead of the United States' 400m Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt on Tuesday.
Recently-crowned American champion Shawn Crawford was left trailing over a second behind.
Bolt, who was running into a headwind, was just a hundreth of a second outside the best time of the year set by United States triple world champion Tyson Gay, who had the benefit of a favourable tailwind when he ran in New York on May 30.
"I pushed myself right to the end because I wanted to really test myself," said Bolt, who was running only his third 200m of the season.
"Would I have broken the world record (19.30sec) had it been better weather? I don't even think of it in those terms, I was just trying to test myself."