Kenny Bednarek Runs Fastest Wind-Aided 200m In History

Kenny Bednarek Runs Fastest Wind-Aided 200m In History

Another chapter in the legend of JUCO freshman Kenny Bednarek, who ran a wind-aided 19.49 200m on Friday.

May 18, 2019 by Lincoln Shryack
Kenny Bednarek Runs Fastest Wind-Aided 200m In History

If you’ve ever wondered how fast a world-class sprinter could run with a comically strong tailwind, Indian Hills Community College freshman Kenny Bednarek had your answer on Friday with his 19.49 200m (+6.1 m/s) in the 2019 NJCAA Track and Field prelims.

The time is obviously nowhere close to being wind legal, but it is still significant because 19.49 is not only the fastest all-conditions 200m in collegiate history, but, according to Jon Mulkeen, it is also the fastest wind-aided mark ever.

Even factoring in the wind and the over 3,000m of elevation in Hobbs, New Mexico, the time converts to a still very quick 19.85. Only three collegians have ever run that fast or faster with legal wind. 

In a world before Matthew Boling-mania had completely engulfed the track and field world, the legend of Kenny B was a track internet phenomenon of its own. The 20-year-old Bednarek awed indoors with a then-world lead of 20.30 in Nebraska on Feb. 2, and before that he split sub-45 seconds in a 4x400m on a flat track.

Today’s run only adds more mystique to a man who seems on the brink of becoming one of the top 200m runners in the world.