| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date18 – 20 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants63 from 53 countries

Having won the 100 four days earlier in world record fashion, and being considered better at the 200, Usain Bolt was a heavy favorite. His world record in the 100 had come despite shutting down at 80 metres and celebrating thru the tape. But in the 200, the world record of 19.32 set by Michael Johnson at the Atlanta Olympics, seemed inviolable. Some track experts stated that they expected that mark to last thru their lifetimes. Bolt had made plans that this time there would be no celebrating and he would run hard throughout, trying to break Johnson’s record. Unfortunately, the race was run into a wind of 0.9 metres/second. But it mattered not. Bolt, running in lane five, made up the stagger on lane six by 50 metres, and hit the century mark in 10.0 flat, faster than Johnson had run in his world record (10.12). And he did not shut it down, taking down Johnson’s vaunted world record with a 19.30 clocking. He had definitely established himself as the fastest man in the world.

The other podium places took a bit to sort out. The second-placed finisher originally was Churandy Martina (AHO), with Wallace Spearman (USA) in third. Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix finished fourth and fifth, respectively. But a protest was lodged against Spearman, claiming that he run out of his lane in the curve. The US officials viewed the tape and had to accept the ruling but in doing so, they also noted that Martina had also run out of his lane and lodged a similar protest. Both runners were disqualified and Crawford and Dix moved up to the medal places. The Netherlands Antilles protested to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, stating that the American protest had not been made within the time limit, but this protest was eventually not allowed. Crawford felt unhappy with the ruling and actually his silver medal back to Martina, saying he didn’t feel right winning it on a disqualification.

12163Usain BoltJAM20.64 (2 h5)20.29 (1 h1)20.09 (1 h2)19.30 (1)Gold
23152Shawn CrawfordUSA20.61 (1 h1)20.42 (2 h1)20.12 (2 h2)19.96 (2)Silver
33282Walter DixUSA20.77 (2 h4)20.27 (2 h2)20.19 (3 h1)19.98 (3)Bronze
43317Brian DzingaiZIM20.25 (1 h2)20.23 (1 h2)20.17 (2 h1)20.22 (4)
51813Christian MalcolmGBR20.42 (2 h2)20.30 (4 h2)20.25 (4 h1)20.40 (5)
62868Kim CollinsSKN20.55 (2 h3)20.43 (3 h1)20.25 (4 h2)20.59 (6)
AC r4/41003Churandy MartinaAHO20.78 (3 h7)20.42 (2 h3)20.11 (1 h1)[19.82] (DQ)
AC r4/43236Wallace SpearmonUSA20.46 (1 h6)20.39 (2 h4)20.14 (3 h2)[19.95] (DQ)
5 h1 r3/42045Paul HessionIRL20.59 (3 h6)20.32 (1 h4)20.38 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/41025Brendan ChristianANT20.58 (2 h8)20.26 (1 h3)20.29 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/42156Chris WilliamsJAM20.53 (3 h2)20.28 (3 h2)20.45 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/42472Stéphane BucklandMRI20.98 (3 h1)20.37 (5 h2)20.48 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41300Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.60 (3 h8)20.45 (5 h1)20.58 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/41797Marlon DevonishGBR20.49 (1 h3)20.43 (4 h1)20.57 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/41112Kristof BeyensBEL20.69 (3 h5)20.50 (3 h3)20.69 (8 h1)
DNS h2 r3/42537Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.54 (2 h6)20.45 (3 h4)– (DNS h2)
4 h3 r2/42588Marcin JędrusińskiPOL20.64 (2 h1)20.58 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/43024Rondel SorrilloTTO20.58 (1 h5)20.63 (4 h4)
5 h3 r2/43016Aaron ArmstrongTTO20.57 (1 h8)20.58 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41086Ramil QuliyevAZE20.78 (2 h7)20.66 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/41564Amru SeoudEGY20.75 (5 h2)20.55 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/42769Roman SmirnovRUS20.76 (1 h4)20.62 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/42503Obinna MetuNGR20.62 (1 h7)20.65 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/41694Visa HongistoFIN20.62 (4 h8)20.76 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41991Rolando PalaciosHON20.81 (3 h4)20.87 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/42186Shinji TakahiraJPN20.58 (4 h2)20.63 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/41237Sandro VianaBRA20.84 (4 h7)21.07 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/42741Thuso MpuangRSA20.87 (6 h2)21.04 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/41578Ángel David RodríguezESP20.87 (4 h4)20.96 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/42880Matic OsovnikarSLO20.89 (4 h3)20.95 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/42927Marc SchneebergerSUI20.86 (4 h5)21.48 (8 h3)
AC h4 r2/42140Marvin AndersonJAM20.85 (3 h3)– (DNF h4)
4 h1 r1/41530Jiří VojtíkCZE21.05 (4 h1)
4 h6 r1/41926Seth AmooGHA20.91 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/41204Fanuel KenosiBOT21.09 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/41542Chris LloydDMA20.90 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/41222Bruno de BarrosBRA21.15 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/43304José AcevedoVEN21.06 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/42343Ronalds ArājsLAT21.22 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/41089Jamial RolleBAH20.93 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/42920Marco CribariSUI20.98 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/41981Adam HarrisGUY21.36 (6 h1)
6 h3 r1/43133Heber VieraURU20.93 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41275Desislav GunevBUL21.55 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/43081Ihor BodrovUKR21.38 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41144Jayson JonesBIZ21.54 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/42185Shingo SuetsuguJPN20.93 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/42540James DolphinNZL20.98 (6 h8)
7 h1 r1/42182Khalil Al-HanahnehJOR21.55 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/41419Daniel GruesoCOL21.15 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/41327Cristián ReyesCHI21.20 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/42240Vyacheslav MuravyovKAZ21.68 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/42359Mohamad Siraj TamimLBN21.80 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/41978Nabie Foday FofanahGUI21.68 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/43050Omar Al-SalfaUAE21.00 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/41331Zhang PeimengCHN21.06 (7 h8)
8 h1 r1/42873Solomon BockarieSLE22.16 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/42649Arnaldo AbrantesPOR21.46 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/41560Franklin NazarenoECU21.26 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/42465Nicolai PortelliMLT22.31 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/43298Oleg ZhuravlyovUZB22.31 (8 h5)
9 h5 r1/42484Juan Miguel ZeledónNCA23.39 (9 h5)
AC h6 r1/41309Bryan BarnettCAN– (DNF h6)
DNS1817Alex NelsonGBR– (DNS h7)
DNS2693Samuel FrancisQAT– (DNS h8)DQ1
DNS2656Francis ObikweluPOR– (DNS h1)

Round One (18 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (10:05)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Shawn CrawfordUSA20.610.216Q
26Marcin JędrusińskiPOL20.640.199Q
37Stéphane BucklandMRI20.980.229Q
41Jiří VojtíkCZE21.050.1652
59Fanuel KenosiBOT21.090.211
63Adam HarrisGUY21.360.163
75Khalil Al-HanahnehJOR21.550.184
82Solomon BockarieSLE22.160.216
DNS8Francis ObikweluPOR

Heat Two (10:12)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Brian DzingaiZIM20.250.172Q
25Christian MalcolmGBR20.420.178Q
34Chris WilliamsJAM20.530.166Q
48Shinji TakahiraJPN20.580.175q
52Amru SeoudEGY20.750.172q
69Thuso MpuangRSA20.870.166q
76Daniel GruesoCOL21.150.232
87Arnaldo AbrantesPOR21.460.173

Heat Three (10:19)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Marlon DevonishGBR20.490.157Q
25Kim CollinsSKN20.550.175Q
37Marvin AndersonJAM20.850.175Q
49Matic OsovnikarSLO20.890.189q
52Chris LloydDMA20.900.185
66Heber VieraURU20.930.210
74Cristián ReyesCHI21.200.165
83Franklin NazarenoECU21.260.174

Heat Four (10:26)

Wind-1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Roman SmirnovRUS20.760.166Q
23Walter DixUSA20.770.185Q
39Rolando PalaciosHON20.810.202Q
48Ángel David RodríguezESP20.870.162q
52Bruno de BarrosBRA21.150.162
67Desislav GunevBUL21.550.178
76Vyacheslav MuravyovKAZ21.680.206
84Nicolai PortelliMLT22.310.180

Heat Five (10:33)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Rondel SorrilloTTO20.580.193Q
24Usain BoltJAM20.640.177Q
32Kristof BeyensBEL20.690.148Q
49Marc SchneebergerSUI20.860.137q
57José AcevedoVEN21.060.270
68Ihor BodrovUKR21.380.172
73Mohamad Siraj TamimLBN21.800.206
81Oleg ZhuravlyovUZB22.310.145
95Juan Miguel ZeledónNCA23.390.173

Heat Six (10:40)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Wallace SpearmonUSA20.460.184Q
24Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.540.161Q
32Paul HessionIRL20.590.190Q
48Seth AmooGHA20.910.140
57Ronalds ArājsLAT21.220.218
65Jayson JonesBIZ21.540.162
76Nabie Foday FofanahGUI21.680.2473
DNF9Bryan BarnettCAN0.164

Heat Seven (10:47)

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Obinna MetuNGR20.620.168Q
29Ramil QuliyevAZE20.780.175Q
38Churandy MartinaAHO20.780.172Q
44Sandro VianaBRA20.840.159q4
55Jamial RolleBAH20.930.162
62Shingo SuetsuguJPN20.930.185
77Omar Al-SalfaUAE21.000.184
DNS3Alex NelsonGBR

Heat Eight (10:54)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Aaron ArmstrongTTO20.570.183Q
28Brendan ChristianANT20.580.164Q
37Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.600.146Q
49Visa HongistoFIN20.620.145q
53Marco CribariSUI20.980.171
62James DolphinNZL20.980.161
75Zhang PeimengCHN21.060.1505
DNS4Samuel FrancisQATDQ6

Quarter-Finals (18 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (20:05)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Usain BoltJAM20.290.186Q
27Shawn CrawfordUSA20.420.198Q
36Kim CollinsSKN20.430.233Q
45Marlon DevonishGBR20.430.146q
59Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.450.151q
63Amru SeoudEGY20.550.182
78Rolando PalaciosHON20.870.248
82Ángel David RodríguezESP20.960.172

Heat Two (20:12)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Brian DzingaiZIM20.230.182Q
27Walter DixUSA20.270.162Q
38Chris WilliamsJAM20.280.159Q
46Christian MalcolmGBR20.300.188q
59Stéphane BucklandMRI20.370.188q
65Roman SmirnovRUS20.620.161
73Shinji TakahiraJPN20.630.185
82Matic OsovnikarSLO20.950.171

Heat Three (20:19)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Brendan ChristianANT20.260.166Q
28Churandy MartinaAHO20.420.175Q
39Kristof BeyensBEL20.500.155Q
46Marcin JędrusińskiPOL20.580.199
54Aaron ArmstrongTTO20.580.155
67Obinna MetuNGR20.650.1957
72Sandro VianaBRA21.070.168
83Marc SchneebergerSUI21.480.156

Heat Four (20:26)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Paul HessionIRL20.320.190Q
24Wallace SpearmonUSA20.390.202Q
36Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.450.131Q
47Rondel SorrilloTTO20.630.164
55Ramil QuliyevAZE20.660.1748
63Visa HongistoFIN20.760.124
72Thuso MpuangRSA21.040.162
DNF9Marvin AndersonJAM0.187

Semi-Finals (19 August 2008)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (21:25)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Churandy MartinaAHO20.110.154Q
26Brian DzingaiZIM20.170.184Q
34Walter DixUSA20.190.161Q
43Christian MalcolmGBR20.250.181Q
55Paul HessionIRL20.380.175
69Chris WilliamsJAM20.450.217
72Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.580.146
88Kristof BeyensBEL20.690.211

Heat Two (21:33)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Usain BoltJAM20.090.175Q
25Shawn CrawfordUSA20.120.173Q
37Wallace SpearmonUSA20.140.196Q
48Kim CollinsSKN20.250.191Q
54Brendan ChristianANT20.290.135
62Stéphane BucklandMRI20.480.141
73Marlon DevonishGBR20.570.158
DNS9Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR

Final (20 August 2008 — 22:20)

Wind-0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Usain BoltJAM19.300.182WR
24Shawn CrawfordUSA19.960.210
38Walter DixUSA19.980.151
46Brian DzingaiZIM20.220.185
53Christian MalcolmGBR20.400.212
62Kim CollinsSKN20.590.165
DQ7Churandy MartinaAHO[19.82][0.144]9
DQ9Wallace SpearmonUSA[19.95][0.167]10