| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date6 – 8 August 1984
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants76 from 58 countries

The Soviet-led boycott had no effect on this race, as no Eastern Europeans were challengers in the 200. Carl Lewis was the story of the 1984 Olympics as he was attempting to emulate Jesse Owens’ feat of 1936 in winning the 100, 200, long jump, and 4×100 relay. By the day of the 200 final, he had already won gold in the 100 and long jump. His biggest opponents in the 200 were felt to be his teammates Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson. Italys’ Pietro Mennea, 1980 gold medalist was also back, in his fourth straight Olympic 200 final, but was not expected to be a threat to Lewis. Lewis opened up a lead on the curve, had two metres as he entered the straight, and appeared to win as he pleased. His time was 19.80, run into a headwind of 0.9 m/s, and writing in Track & Field News, Bob Hersh noted that it was the best 200 ever run. Lewis would return three days later to win his fourth gold medal. Baptiste also ran a superb race, finishing second in 19.96 against the wind, but could not catch Lewis. Jefferson completed the US sweep, with Mennea in seventh.

1915Carl LewisUSA21.02 (1 h7)20.48 (1 h1)20.27 (1 h2)19.80 (1)GoldOR
2884Kirk BaptisteUSA20.63 (1 h8)20.48 (1 h4)20.29 (1 h1)19.96 (2)Silver
3908Thomas JeffersonUSA20.63 (1 h4)20.47 (1 h3)20.40 (2 h1)20.26 (3)Bronze
495João Batista da SilvaBRA20.70 (=2 h4)20.61w (4 h2)20.61 (2 h2)20.30 (4)
5325Ralf LübkeFRG20.88 (2 h2)20.57 (2 h4)20.67 (4 h2)20.51 (5)
6273Jean-Jacques BoussemartFRA20.82 (2 h9)20.54 (2 h3)20.55 (4 h1)20.55 (6)
7511Pietro MenneaITA20.70 (1 h1)20.50w (2 h2)20.47 (3 h1)20.55 (7)
8377Ade MafeGBR21.24 (2 h6)20.55w (3 h2)20.63 (3 h2)20.85 (8)
5 h1 r3/4130Atlee MahornCAN21.42 (2 h7)20.69 (3 h1)20.77 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4144Desai WilliamsCAN20.70 (=2 h4)20.40w (1 h2)20.70 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/496Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA21.08 (3 h1)20.88 (4 h3)20.80 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4525Stefano TilliITA20.72 (1 h9)20.64 (2 h1)20.72 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4552Gus YoungJAM21.14 (3 h5)20.75 (3 h4)21.17 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4546Don QuarrieJAM20.84 (1 h6)20.57 (3 h3)20.77 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4735Luis MoralesPUR21.05 (2 h8)20.82 (4 h1)21.22 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4524Carlo SimionatoITA21.06 (1 h3)20.86 (4 h4)20.92 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4450Purnomo Muhammad YudhiINA21.01 (3 h9)20.93 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4308Jürgen EversFRG21.12 (3 h3)20.95w (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/41Julien ThodeAHO21.62 (3 h7)21.45 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/440Peter Van MiltenburgAUS21.06 (2 h1)21.09 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4272Patrick BarréFRA20.88 (1 h5)20.95 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4601Jang Jae-GeunKOR21.32 (1 h10)21.14w (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4140Tony SharpeCAN21.31 (3 h6)21.46 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4401Buster WatsonGBR21.26 (3 h2)21.14 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/452Dudley ParkerBAH21.12 (2 h3)21.10 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/463John MayersBAR21.70 (3 h10)21.46w (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4874John GovilleUGA21.59 (2 h10)21.55 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4740Jamal Al-AbdullahQAT21.10 (4 h4)21.44 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/43Ali BakhtaALG21.15 (4 h8)21.35 (8 h1)
AC h2 r2/4547Leroy ReidJAM20.62 (1 h2)– (AC h2)
2 h5 r1/433Fred MartinAUS20.98 (2 h5)– (DNS h3)
3 h8 r1/4483Neville HodgeISV21.12 (3 h8)– (DNS h4)
4 h1 r1/4177Degnan KablanCIV21.39 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4173Yu ZhuanghuiCHN21.48 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4707Florencio AguilarPAN21.50 (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/4593Alfred NyambaneKEN21.35 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4836Sumet PromnaTHA21.53 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4190Manuel RamírezCOL21.71 (4 h7)
4 h9 r1/4768David SawyerrSLE21.29 (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/4730Nelson ErazoPUR21.72 (4 h10)
5 h1 r1/4439Earl HaleyGUY21.52 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4620Nordin Mohamed JadiMAS21.88 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/4349Oumar FyeGAM21.56 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/436Paul NarracottAUS21.20 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4557Hiroki FuwaJPN21.37 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4533Lindel HodgeIVB22.28 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4648Henrique FerreiraMOZ21.87 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/494Arnaldo da SilvaBRA21.24 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4762Ivan BenjaminSLE21.54 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/479Damel FlowersBIZ21.72 (5 h10)
6 h1 r1/4245Inoke BainimoliFIJ22.16 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/477Gregory SimonsBER21.88 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4705Muhammad ManshaPAK22.04 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/416Larry MillerANT21.93 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4982Henry NgolweZAM21.58 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4698Mohamed Al-HashimiOMA22.83 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4718Luís BarrosoPOR22.03 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4673Lapule TameanPNG21.97 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/4642Moussa SavadogoMLI21.72 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/4650Daniel AndréMRI22.16 (6 h10)
7 h1 r1/457Saidur Rahman DawnBAN22.59 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4417James IdunGHA22.55 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4449Christian NenepathINA22.20 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4615Markus BüchelLIE22.14 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4147Antoine KiakouamaCGO21.64 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4218Aldo SalandraESA22.90 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4966Christopher MadzokereZIM22.75 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/4978Gustavo EnvelaGEQ22.14 (7 h8)
7 h9 r1/4760Denis RoseSEY21.87 (7 h9)
8 h2 r1/4193Glen AbrahamsCRC22.75 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/4819Clifford MambaSWZ22.76 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/4988Augustus MoultonLBR22.94 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/4629Odiya SilweyaMAW22.46 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/4614Jean-Yves MallatLBN22.91 (8 h6)
8 h8 r1/4437Emilio SamayoaGUA22.19 (8 h8)
AC h1 r1/4183Emmanuel BitangaCMR– (AC h1)
DNS86Kgosiemang KhumoyaranoBOT– (DNS h7)
DNS403Allan WellsGBR– (DNS h10)
DNS312Christian HaasFRG– (DNS h10)
DNS850Hasely CrawfordTTO– (DNS h9)

Round One (6 August 1984 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Pietro MenneaITA20.70Q
28Peter Van MiltenburgAUS21.06Q
34Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA21.08Q
42Degnan KablanCIV21.39
51Earl HaleyGUY21.52
65Inoke BainimoliFIJ22.16
77Saidur Rahman DawnBAN22.59
AC6Emmanuel BitangaCMRDNF

Heat Two

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Leroy ReidJAM20.62Q
22Ralf LübkeFRG20.88Q
37Buster WatsonGBR21.26Q
46Yu ZhuanghuiCHN21.48
55Nordin Mohamed JadiMAS21.88
61Gregory SimonsBER21.88
73James IdunGHA22.55
84Glen AbrahamsCRC22.75

Heat Three

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Carlo SimionatoITA21.06Q
22Dudley ParkerBAH21.12Q
33Jürgen EversFRG21.12Q
41Florencio AguilarPAN21.50
54Oumar FyeGAM21.56
66Muhammad ManshaPAK22.04
77Christian NenepathINA22.20
88Clifford MambaSWZ22.76

Heat Four

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Thomas JeffersonUSA20.63Q
=27Desai WilliamsCAN20.70Q
=21João Batista da SilvaBRA20.70Q
45Jamal Al-AbdullahQAT21.10q
54Paul NarracottAUS21.20
68Larry MillerANT21.93
73Markus BüchelLIE22.14
86Augustus MoultonLBR22.94

Heat Five

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Patrick BarréFRA20.88Q
24Fred MartinAUS20.98Q
32Gus YoungJAM21.14Q
45Alfred NyambaneKEN21.35
56Hiroki FuwaJPN21.37
61Henry NgolweZAM21.58
77Antoine KiakouamaCGO21.64
88Odiya SilweyaMAW22.46

Heat Six

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Don QuarrieJAM20.84Q
27Ade MafeGBR21.24Q
36Tony SharpeCAN21.31Q
42Sumet PromnaTHA21.53
58Lindel HodgeIVB22.28
63Mohamed Al-HashimiOMA22.83
75Aldo SalandraESA22.90
81Jean-Yves MallatLBN22.91

Heat Seven

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Carl LewisUSA21.02Q
25Atlee MahornCAN21.42Q
34Julien ThodeAHO21.62Q
46Manuel RamírezCOL21.71
58Henrique FerreiraMOZ21.87
62Luís BarrosoPOR22.03
77Christopher MadzokereZIM22.75
DNS1Kgosiemang KhumoyaranoBOT

Heat Eight

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Kirk BaptisteUSA20.63Q
27Luis MoralesPUR21.05Q
34Neville HodgeISV21.12Q
45Ali BakhtaALG21.15q
56Arnaldo da SilvaBRA21.24
68Lapule TameanPNG21.97
72Gustavo EnvelaGEQ22.14
81Emilio SamayoaGUA22.19

Heat Nine

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Stefano TilliITA20.72Q
25Jean-Jacques BoussemartFRA20.82Q
33Purnomo Muhammad YudhiINA21.01Q
48David SawyerrSLE21.29
54Ivan BenjaminSLE21.54
61Moussa SavadogoMLI21.72
76Denis RoseSEY21.87
DNS2Hasely CrawfordTTO

Heat Ten

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Jang Jae-GeunKOR21.32Q
27John GovilleUGA21.59Q
31John MayersBAR21.70Q
45Nelson ErazoPUR21.72
54Damel FlowersBIZ21.72
62Daniel AndréMRI22.16
DNS3Allan WellsGBR
DNS6Christian HaasFRG

Quarter-Finals (6 August 1984 — 12:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Carl LewisUSA20.48Q
25Stefano TilliITA20.64Q
36Atlee MahornCAN20.69Q
47Luis MoralesPUR20.82Q
51Purnomo Muhammad YudhiINA20.93
63Patrick BarréFRA20.95
78Dudley ParkerBAH21.10
82Ali BakhtaALG21.35

Heat Two

Wind2.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Desai WilliamsCAN20.40wQ
23Pietro MenneaITA20.50wQ
36Ade MafeGBR20.55wQ
41João Batista da SilvaBRA20.61wQ
54Jürgen EversFRG20.95w
65Jang Jae-GeunKOR21.14w
72John MayersBAR21.46w

Heat Three

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Thomas JeffersonUSA20.47Q
26Jean-Jacques BoussemartFRA20.54Q
35Don QuarrieJAM20.57Q
44Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA20.88Q
52Julien ThodeAHO21.45
61Tony SharpeCAN21.46
77John GovilleUGA21.55
DNS8Fred MartinAUS

Heat Four

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Kirk BaptisteUSA20.48Q
23Ralf LübkeFRG20.57Q
37Gus YoungJAM20.75Q
48Carlo SimionatoITA20.86Q
51Peter Van MiltenburgAUS21.09
64Buster WatsonGBR21.14
75Jamal Al-AbdullahQAT21.44
DNS6Neville HodgeISV

Semi-Finals (8 August 1984 — 16:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Kirk BaptisteUSA20.29Q
23Thomas JeffersonUSA20.40Q
36Pietro MenneaITA20.47Q
42Jean-Jacques BoussemartFRA20.55Q
57Atlee MahornCAN20.77
64Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA20.80
78Gus YoungJAM21.17
81Luis MoralesPUR21.22

Heat Two

Wind-2.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Carl LewisUSA20.27Q
24João Batista da SilvaBRA20.61Q
38Ade MafeGBR20.63Q
47Ralf LübkeFRG20.67Q
53Desai WilliamsCAN20.70
65Stefano TilliITA20.72
71Don QuarrieJAM20.77
82Carlo SimionatoITA20.92

Final (8 August 1984 — 18:30)

Wind-0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Carl LewisUSA19.800.177OR
23Kirk BaptisteUSA19.960.153
34Thomas JeffersonUSA20.260.180
48João Batista da SilvaBRA20.300.165
56Ralf LübkeFRG20.510.191
62Jean-Jacques BoussemartFRA20.550.191
75Pietro MenneaITA20.550.170
81Ade MafeGBR20.850.195