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200 metres, Men

Date16 – 18 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants77 from 48 countries

Usain Bolt had won the 100 metres earlier in the week, and was looking to also win his third consecutive 200 metre gold medal. The 200 was considered his better event, as his size and long strides sometimes needed some time to reach top speed. His biggest challenger was considered to be American LaShawn Merritt, who had won the US Olympic Trials. Merritt was better known as a 400 runner, winning Olympic gold in that event in 2008, twice winning the World Championships, and winning five World medals in the 400. Also highly considered were Canadian André de Grasse, who had already won bronze in the 100 behind Bolt, and American Justin Gatlin, silver medalist in the 100.

The three main contenders made the final, but Gatlin ran 20.13 in the semis and did not qualify, despite posting the fastest ever non-qualifying time. The final was effectively over in the first few strides as Bolt closed the stagger on Christophe Lemaître by 60 metres. He was never challenged, winning by almost a quarter-second over de Grasse, with Lemaître holding on for the bronze. Merritt was never a factor, finishing sixth.

The day after this gold medal Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the 4x100 metre relay, winning his eighth gold medal overall, and repeating the sprint triple. At the time this was thought to be a triple-triple, winning the 100, 200, and 4x100 in 2008, 2012, and 2016, but the Jamaicans lost the 2008 relay gold medal when Nesta Carter was later disqualified for performance enhancing drugs after a re-test of the Beijing samples.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
12612Usain BoltJAM20.28 (1 h9)19.78 (1 h2)19.78 (1)Gold
22196Andre De GrasseCAN20.09 (1 h10)19.8 (2 h2)20.02 (2)Silver
32427Christophe LemaitreFRA20.28 (2 h8)20.01 (2 h1)20.12 (3)Bronze
42454Adam GemiliGBR20.2 (2 h6)20.08 (3 h2)20.12 (4)
52785Churandy MartinaNED20.29 (2 h7)20.1 (2 h3)20.13 (5)
63090LaShawn MerrittUSA20.15 (1 h8)19.94 (1 h1)20.19 (6)
72818Alonso EdwardPAN20.19 (1 h1)20.07 (1 h3)20.23 (7)
83001Ramil GuliyevTUR20.23 (2 h3)20.09 (4 h2)20.43 (8)
3 h1 r2/32474Danny TalbotGBR20.27 (2 h1)20.25 (3 h1)
3 h3 r2/33069Justin GatlinUSA20.42 (1 h5)20.13 (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/32608Nickel AshmeadeJAM20.15 (1 h6)20.31 (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/32361Bruno HortelanoESP20.12 (1 h2)20.16 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32986Rondel SorrilloTTO20.27 (3 h10)20.33 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32178Salem Eid YaqoobBRN20.19 (1 h3)20.43 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32466Nethaneel Mitchell-BlakeGBR20.24 (2 h10)20.25 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32262Nery BrenesCRC20.2 (1 h7)20.33 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33104Ameer WebbUSA20.31 (3 h2)20.43 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32611Yohan BlakeJAM20.13 (2 h2)20.37 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32192Aaron BrownCAN20.23 (3 h3)20.37 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32796Divine OduduruNGR20.34 (2 h9)20.59 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32537Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.31 (3 h1)20.63 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32759José Carlos HerreraMEX20.29 (1 h4)20.48 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/32288Roberto SkyersCUB20.44 (2 h4)20.60 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/32600Matteo GalvanITA20.58 (2 h5)20.88 (8 h3)
3 h4 r1/32157Jorge VidesBRA20.50 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/32081Ramon GittensBAR20.58 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/32905Clarence MunyaiRSA20.66 (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/32208Brendon RodneyCAN20.34 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/32513Julian ReusGER20.39 (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/32779Solomon BayohNED20.42 (3 h9)
4 h1 r1/32882Femi OgunodeQAT20.36 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/32900Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.53 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/32640Shota IizukaJPN20.49 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/32901Tlotliso LeotlelaRSA20.59 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/33036Serhiy SmelykUKR20.66 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/32080Burkheart EllisBAR20.74 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/32603Davide ManentiITA20.51 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/32278Reynier MenaCUB20.42 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/32981Kyle GreauxTTO20.61 (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/32244Wilfried KoffiCIV20.48 (4 h10)
5 h1 r1/32917Jeremy DodsonSAM20.51 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/32493Robin ErewaGER20.61 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/32725Emmanuel MatadiLBR20.49 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/32597Eseosa DesaluITA20.65 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/32508Aleixo-Platini MengaGER20.80 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/32040Alex HartmannAUS21.02 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/32440Adama JammehGAM20.55 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/32858Karol ZalewskiPOL20.54 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/32088Jonathan BorléeBEL20.64 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/32922Antoine AdamsSKN20.49 (5 h10)
6 h1 r1/33002Jak Ali HarveyTUR20.58 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32527Emmanuel DasorGHA20.65 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32960Sibusiso MatsenjwaSWZ20.63 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/32075Teray SmithBAH20.66 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32638Kenji FujimitsuJPN20.86 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/33130Tatenda TsumbaZIM21.04 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/32102Tre HoustonBER20.85 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/32136Bruno de BarrosBRA20.59 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/32660Kei TakaseJPN20.71 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/32323Stanly del CarmenDOM20.55 (6 h10)
7 h1 r1/32727Mosito LehataLES20.65 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32068Shavez HartBAH20.74 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/32079Levi CadoganBAR21.02 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32101Didier KikiBEN22.27 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32324Yancarlos MartínezDOM20.97 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/32551Rolando PalaciosHON21.32 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/32970Fabrice DablaTOG21.63 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/33025Ihor BodrovUKR20.86 (7 h8)
=7 h9 r1/32805Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.78 (=7 h9)
=7 h9 r1/32945Ahmed AliSUD20.78 (=7 h9)
7 h10 r1/32133Aldemir GomesBRA20.80 (7 h10)
8 h2 r1/32248Bernardo BaloyesCOL20.78 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/32795Tega OdeleNGR21.25 (8 h3)
8 h6 r1/32829Theo PiniauPNG22.14 (8 h6)
8 h8 r1/32701Carvin NkanataKEN21.43 (8 h8)
8 h10 r1/32108Brandon JonesBIZ21.49 (8 h10)
AC h1 r1/32071Demetrius PinderBAH– (AC h1)
DNSMiguel FrancisANT– (DNS h4)
DNSMike NyangauKEN– (DNS h7)

Round One (16 August 2016)

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

Heat One (11:50)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Alonso EdwardPAN20.190.137Q
22Danny TalbotGBR20.270.143Q
38Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.310.161q
47Femi OgunodeQAT20.360.167
53Jeremy DodsonSAM20.510.144
64Jak Ali HarveyTUR20.580.139
75Mosito LehataLES20.650.162
AC1Demetrius PinderBAHDQ

Heat Two (11:57)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Bruno HortelanoESP20.120.161Q
26Yohan BlakeJAM20.130.166Q
34Ameer WebbUSA20.310.157q
43Anaso JobodwanaRSA20.530.175
57Robin ErewaGER20.610.197
62Emmanuel DasorGHA20.650.164
75Shavez HartBAH20.740.151
81Bernardo BaloyesCOL20.780.200

Heat Three (12:04)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Salem Eid YaqoobBRN20.190.164Q
26Ramil GuliyevTUR20.230.148Q
32Aaron BrownCAN20.230.127q
43Shota IizukaJPN20.490.163
58Emmanuel MatadiLBR20.490.219
64Sibusiso MatsenjwaSWZ20.630.196
77Levi CadoganBAR21.020.186
81Tega OdeleNGR21.250.130

Heat Four (12:11)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13José Carlos HerreraMEX20.290.143Q
28Roberto SkyersCUB20.440.149Q
36Jorge VidesBRA20.500.176
44Tlotliso LeotlelaRSA20.590.161
51Eseosa DesaluITA20.650.130
67Teray SmithBAH20.660.175
72Didier KikiBEN22.270.152
DNS5Miguel FrancisANT

Heat Five (12:18)

Wind-1.5 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Justin GatlinUSA20.420.154Q
26Matteo GalvanITA20.580.171Q
35Ramon GittensBAR20.580.144
42Serhiy SmelykUKR20.660.182
57Aleixo-Platini MengaGER20.800.136
68Kenji FujimitsuJPN20.860.159
73Yancarlos MartínezDOM20.970.132

Heat Six (12:25)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Nickel AshmeadeJAM20.150.124Q
22Adam GemiliGBR20.20.153Q
38Clarence MunyaiRSA20.660.148
44Burkheart EllisBAR20.740.186
51Alex HartmannAUS21.020.169
67Tatenda TsumbaZIM21.040.159
76Rolando PalaciosHON21.320.187
83Theo PiniauPNG22.140.175

Heat Seven (12:32)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Nery BrenesCRC20.20.178Q
23Churandy MartinaNED20.290.150Q
34Brendon RodneyCAN20.340.169
46Davide ManentiITA20.510.145
57Adama JammehGAM20.550.182
65Tre HoustonBER20.850.117
71Fabrice DablaTOG21.630.156
DNS2Mike NyangauKEN

Heat Eight (12:39)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13LaShawn MerrittUSA20.150.162Q
22Christophe LemaitreFRA20.280.171Q
34Julian ReusGER20.390.138
47Reynier MenaCUB20.420.123
58Karol ZalewskiPOL20.540.151
66Bruno de BarrosBRA20.590.154
75Ihor BodrovUKR20.860.180
81Carvin NkanataKEN21.430.213

Heat Nine (12:46)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Usain BoltJAM20.280.177Q
28Divine OduduruNGR20.340.141Q
33Solomon BayohNED20.420.136
47Kyle GreauxTTO20.610.147
54Jonathan BorléeBEL20.640.162
62Kei TakaseJPN20.710.153
=71Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR20.780.150
=76Ahmed AliSUD20.780.153

Heat Ten (12:53)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Andre De GrasseCAN20.090.137Q
21Nethaneel Mitchell-BlakeGBR20.240.146Q
37Rondel SorrilloTTO20.270.124q
48Wilfried KoffiCIV20.480.159
56Antoine AdamsSKN20.490.141
63Stanly del CarmenDOM20.550.133
72Aldemir GomesBRA20.800.144
84Brandon JonesBIZ21.490.160

Semi-Finals (17 August 2016)

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

Heat One (22:00)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16LaShawn MerrittUSA19.940.166Q
28Christophe LemaitreFRA20.010.125Q
37Danny TalbotGBR20.250.153
44Nickel AshmeadeJAM20.310.134
51Rondel SorrilloTTO20.330.132
63Nery BrenesCRC20.330.165
72Aaron BrownCAN20.370.173
85José Carlos HerreraMEX20.480.150

Heat Two (22:08)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Usain BoltJAM19.780.156Q
25Andre De GrasseCAN19.80.130Q
36Adam GemiliGBR20.080.142q
48Ramil GuliyevTUR20.090.157q
53Salem Eid YaqoobBRN20.430.192
62Ameer WebbUSA20.430.143
77Divine OduduruNGR20.590.147
81Roberto SkyersCUB20.600.156

Heat Three (22:16)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Alonso EdwardPAN20.070.140Q
28Churandy MartinaNED20.10.147Q
33Justin GatlinUSA20.130.137
44Bruno HortelanoESP20.160.142
57Nethaneel Mitchell-BlakeGBR20.250.196
66Yohan BlakeJAM20.370.151
71Likourgos TsakonasGRE20.630.159
82Matteo GalvanITA20.880.149

Final (18 August 2016 — 22:30)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Usain BoltJAM19.780.156
24Andre De GrasseCAN20.020.141
37Christophe LemaitreFRA20.120.153
42Adam GemiliGBR20.120.178
58Churandy MartinaNED20.130.148
65LaShawn MerrittUSA20.190.189
73Alonso EdwardPAN20.230.162
81Ramil GuliyevTUR20.430.141