ZURICH, AUG. 15 -- Merlene Ottey of Jamaica became the second-fastest woman to run the 200 meters, winning in 21.66 seconds today, just .32 off Florence Griffith Joyner's world mark.

Ottey set a blistering pace into a headwind at the Weltklasse Grand Prix meet, finishing ahead of East Germans Katrin Krabbe (22.33) and Grit Breuer (22.55).

It was the third-fastest 200 in history, after Griffith Joyner broke the record twice on the same day at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, winning the gold medal in 21.34.

Ottey was returning to competition after being out nearly a month with a hamstring injury. She also has the season's fastest 100 clocking, a personal-best 10.78 that is .29 short of Griffith Joyner's standard in that race.

She warmed up today by winning the 100 in 10.93, less than 90 minutes before the 200. "My start {in the 100} is not as sharp as I want," she said, "but I knew in the 200 it would be no problem. It's a longer race."

Ottey said she plans to race at least through the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Ottey is having her second hot season in a row after being beaten only once last summer in the 100 and 200. She was bronze medalist in both events at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1987 world championships.

Ottey's combination of power and grace was the highlight of the Weltklasse, the Grand Prix circuit's richest meet.

Leroy Burrell won the 100, in which he has lost only once this season. But his time of 10.13 into a headwind was off his seasonal best of 9.96. European record holder Linford Christie of Britain and Nigeria's Chidi Imoh were tied for second, .07 behind.

Burrell blamed a case of nerves in what he called his most important race of the year.

"I think I focused a little bit too much," he said. "I should have relaxed a little bit and my result would have been a lot better."

Missing was world record holder Carl Lewis, recovering from an injury.

Michael Johnson ran the second-fastest 200 of the season in 20.07, considerably short of the 19.85 he ran earlier.

World record holder Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union cleared 19 feet 4 1/4 inches to win the pole vault.

Two-time Olympic champion Roger Kingdom won the 110 hurdles in 13.43, holding off fellow Americans Tony Dees, Jack Pierce and Tonie Campbell. Former world record holder Renaldo Nehemiah pulled up midway through the event.