Connaughton sets new personal bestNew Haven’s Jared Connaughton set a new personal-best time in winning a 200-metre race Wednesday night in Brazil.
The 26-year-old sprinter finished the race in 20.30, surpassing his previous best of 20.34. It is the ninth fastest time in the world for the event.
Brazil’s Diego Henrique de Farias Cavalcanti finished second at 20.40.
Connaughton, the top-ranked 200 metres runner in Canada, reached the semifinal at the 2008 Olympics in China. He will try to qualifier later this year for the London Olympics, being held from July 27 to Aug. 12
He trains at the University of Texas at Arlington.