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200 metres, Men

Date7 – 9 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants54 from 40 countries
Olympic Record 19.30 WR / Usain Bolt JAM / 20 August 2008

The defending champion was Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who had also won the title at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, but he had some injury problems in 2011 and was beaten by his countryman Yohan Blake in both the 100 and 200 at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials. However, four days before this final, Bolt had won a dominant victory in the 100 metres in London, to defend that gold medal, and as he is considered slightly stronger in the long sprint, he was a heavy favorite for 200 gold. Blake was expected to be his biggest challenger, while the Americans, normally dominant in the sprints, had no clear top 200 sprinter and were really just looking to medal. Only one American, Wallace Spearmon, made the final.

Bolt was in lane seven in the final, with all his challengers inside, Blake in lane four, Spearmon in six, and the Netherlands’ Churandy Martina in lane five. But the race was over quickly. Bolt went through the curve in 10.0, a good two metres up on Blake. The third Jamaican runner, Warren Weir, was in third entering the straightaway. And that is how they would finish, as Bolt led a Jamaican sweep of the medals, the first ever for the island nation, and Blake repeated his silver medal from the 100 metres. Bolt actually eased up in the final 25 metres, probably costing him 1/10th second, but still ran 19.32, equalling the fourth fastest performance ever. Spearmon placed fourth as the United States missed medalling in this event for only the second time in the last 18 Olympic Games.

Blake’s silvers in the 100-200 made him only the fourth runner to have done that, the last being Frankie Fredericks of Namibia in 1996, after Americans Thane Baker in 1956 and Nate Cartmell in 1904. Bolt became the first runner to defend the Olympic 100-200 double. The Jamaican medal sweep was only the third in this event, after the United States in 1904 and 1912.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
12170Usain BoltJAM20.39 (1 h1)20.18 (1 h2)19.32 (1)Gold
22169Yohan BlakeJAM20.38 (1 h4)20.01 (1 h1)19.44 (2)Silver
32191Warren WeirJAM20.29 (1 h5)20.28 (2 h3)19.84 (3)Bronze
43253Wallace SpearmonUSA20.47 (2 h6)20.02 (2 h1)19.90 (4)
52547Churandy MartinaNED20.58 (1 h7)20.17 (1 h3)20.00 (5)
61759Christophe LemaîtreFRA20.34 (1 h2)20.03 (3 h1)20.19 (6)
71576Álex QuiñónezECU20.28 (1 h6)20.37 (3 h2)20.57 (7)
82783Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.46 (2 h2)20.27 (2 h2)20.69 (8)
3 h3 r2/31820Christian MalcolmGBR20.59 (2 h3)20.51 (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/32598Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.52 (3 h4)20.42 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/31283Aaron BrownCAN20.55 (3 h2)20.42 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/33240Maurice MitchellUSA20.54 (1 h3)20.56 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/31987Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.56 (4 h2)20.52 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31220Aldemir GomesBRA20.53 (2 h1)20.63 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31017Brendan ChristianANT20.63 (4 h6)20.58 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/31224Bruno LinsBRA20.52 (2 h4)20.55 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32654Kamil KryńskiPOL20.66 (3 h5)20.83 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32236Shinji TakahiraJPN20.57 (3 h6)20.77 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/31284Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.72 (3 h7)20.64 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32973Alex WilsonSUI20.57 (4 h1)20.85 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/32237Kei TakaseJPN20.72 (2 h7)20.70 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/33264Isiah YoungUSA20.55 (3 h1)20.89 (8 h2)
AC h3 r2/32919Antoine AdamsSKN20.59 (2 h5)20.85 (AC h3)
AC h3 r2/31104Michael MathieuBAH20.62 (3 h3)– (AC h3)
4 h3 r1/31481Roberto SkyersCUB20.66 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/33149Serhiy SmelykUKR20.65 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/31519Pavel MaslákCZE20.67 (4 h5)
4 h7 r1/31589Amru SeoudEGY20.81 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/32566Noah AkwuNGR20.67 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/33049Rondel SorrilloTTO20.76 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/32223Shota IizukaJPN20.81 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/32095Paul HessionIRL20.69 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/31291Tremaine HarrisCAN20.70 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/31718Jonathan ÅstrandFIN20.73 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/32706Arnaldo AbrantesPOR20.88 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/31472Michael HerreraCUB21.05 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/31560Carlos JorgeDOM21.02 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33010Sibusiso MatsenjwaSWZ20.93 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31364Xie ZhenyeCHN20.69 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31668Marek NiitEST20.82 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/32461Aziz OuhadiMAR20.80 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/31807James EllingtonGBR21.23 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/32271Vyacheslav MuravyovKAZ21.75 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/31336Cristián ReyesCHI21.29 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/32498José Carlos HerreraMEX21.17 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32418Mosito LehataLES20.74 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32972Amaru SchenkelSUI20.98 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/31232Sandro VianaBRA21.05 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/31103Trevorvano MackeyBAH21.28 (7 h7)
8 h1 r1/32532Jidou El-MoctarMTN22.94 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/32927Ibrahim TuraySLE21.90 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/32006Joel RedheadGRN21.22 (8 h3)
8 h7 r1/32915Jean-Yves EsparonSEY21.99 (8 h7)
AC2623Alonso EdwardPAN– (AC h5)DQ
DNS1401Ben Youssef MeïtéCIV– (DNS h6)

Round One (7 August 2012 — 11:50)

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

Heat One (11:50)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Usain BoltJAM20.390.191Q
29Aldemir GomesBRA20.530.159Q
34Isiah YoungUSA20.550.198Q
43Alex WilsonSUI20.570.145q
56Noah AkwuNGR20.670.183
62Michael HerreraCUB21.050.163
78Vyacheslav MuravyovKAZ21.750.170
87Jidou El-MoctarMTN22.940.192

Heat Two (11:58)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Christophe LemaîtreFRA20.340.161Q
25Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.460.174Q
38Aaron BrownCAN20.550.166Q
43Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.560.153q
54Rondel SorrilloTTO20.760.147
62Carlos JorgeDOM21.020.168
79Cristián ReyesCHI21.290.164
86Ibrahim TuraySLE21.900.182

Heat Three (12:06)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Maurice MitchellUSA20.540.195Q
24Christian MalcolmGBR20.590.152Q
37Michael MathieuBAH20.620.187Q
42Roberto SkyersCUB20.660.162
56Shota IizukaJPN20.810.177
63Sibusiso MatsenjwaSWZ20.930.172
75José Carlos HerreraMEX21.170.155
88Joel RedheadGRN21.220.186

Heat Four (12:14)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Yohan BlakeJAM20.380.168Q
25Bruno LinsBRA20.520.165Q
38Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.520.160Q
42Serhiy SmelykUKR20.650.163
56Paul HessionIRL20.690.163
64Xie ZhenyeCHN20.690.169
73Mosito LehataLES20.740.183

Heat Five (12:22)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Warren WeirJAM20.290.194Q
28Antoine AdamsSKN20.590.160Q
32Kamil KryńskiPOL20.660.154Q
49Pavel MaslákCZE20.670.198
53Tremaine HarrisCAN20.700.163
64Marek NiitEST20.820.176
77Amaru SchenkelSUI20.980.153
AC5Alonso EdwardPANDQ1

Heat Six (12:30)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Álex QuiñónezECU20.280.186Q
22Wallace SpearmonUSA20.470.162Q
39Shinji TakahiraJPN20.570.169Q
43Brendan ChristianANT20.630.165q
54Jonathan ÅstrandFIN20.730.172
67Aziz OuhadiMAR20.800.168
76Sandro VianaBRA21.050.180
DNS5Ben Youssef MeïtéCIV

Heat Seven (12:38)

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Churandy MartinaNED20.580.159Q
27Kei TakaseJPN20.720.160Q
35Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.720.144Q
43Amru SeoudEGY20.810.159
58Arnaldo AbrantesPOR20.880.156
66James EllingtonGBR21.230.139
72Trevorvano MackeyBAH21.280.159
84Jean-Yves EsparonSEY21.990.182

Semi-Finals (8 August 2012 — 20:10)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:10)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Yohan BlakeJAM20.010.176Q
27Wallace SpearmonUSA20.020.174Q
36Christophe LemaîtreFRA20.030.158q
48Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.420.157
52Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.520.125
65Bruno LinsBRA20.550.159
73Jared ConnaughtonCAN20.640.145
89Kei TakaseJPN20.700.175

Heat Two (20:18)

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Usain BoltJAM20.180.192Q
24Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.270.170Q
37Álex QuiñónezECU20.370.193q
49Aaron BrownCAN20.420.183
55Aldemir GomesBRA20.630.164
62Kamil KryńskiPOL20.830.179
73Alex WilsonSUI20.850.140
88Isiah YoungUSA20.890.190

Heat Three (20:26)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Churandy MartinaNED20.170.148Q
26Warren WeirJAM20.280.186Q
35Christian MalcolmGBR20.510.157
44Maurice MitchellUSA20.560.178
53Brendan ChristianANT20.580.168
69Shinji TakahiraJPN20.770.190
AC8Antoine AdamsSKN20.850.170DQ2
AC2Michael MathieuBAH-0.234DQ3

Final (9 August 2012 — 20:55)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Usain BoltJAM19.320.180
24Yohan BlakeJAM19.440.172
38Warren WeirJAM19.840.162
46Wallace SpearmonUSA19.900.165
55Churandy MartinaNED20.000.157
62Christophe LemaîtreFRA20.190.153
73Álex QuiñónezECU20.570.185
89Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.690.216