The 2013 European junior champion becomes only the third Briton to run a sub-20 second 200m as he misses the British record by just 0.01

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake completed a 100m, 200m and 4x100m triple at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday (May 14), clocking 19.95 for the half-lap event to become only the third Briton to run the distance in under 20 seconds.

After clocking a 20.31 (+1.3) PB in his 200m heat, Mitchell-Blake improved to 19.95 (+0.4) in the final. That mark misses John Regis’ official British record by just 0.01 and puts Mitchell-Blake second ahead of Britain’s only other sub-20 second 200m runner, Adam Gemili, on the all-time list. Regis also ran 19.87 for 200m in 1994 – the year after he clocked his 19.94 – but that mark was never ratified.

What makes Mitchell-Blake’s 19.95 all the more impressive is that it came after the 2013 European junior 200m champion anchored the Louisiana State University 4x100m relay team to a meeting record of 38.33 and also won the individual 100m in 10.16.

“Unbelievable. I didn’t believe it,” said Mitchell-Blake, quoted on LSUsports.net.

“You know, sometimes the clock changes and it might go from 19.95 to 20 something. When I saw that it stuck and I looked immediately at the wind gauge, I had no choice but to celebrate. Everything after the race was just all emotion.

“Not many guys go 19 (seconds), you know. It’s nice to know you’re in a category like that. The work’s not done. We’ve still got great things ahead.”

It is the fourth fastest 200m time in the world so far this year behind LaShawn Merritt’s 19.78 and Ameer Webb’s 19.85 and 19.91.