2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 200 metres

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The men's 200 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany on August 18 and August 20.

The race favourites were Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt. Gay entered the competition as the reigning world champion, championship record holder, and 200 m world leader with 19.58 seconds. Bolt, the current Olympic champion and world record holder, had a season's best of 19.59 seconds. The last time the two athletes raced was at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, where Gay beat Bolt by a margin of 0.15 seconds. Osaka bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon was the only other athlete to run under twenty seconds that season and former Olympic champion Shawn Crawford was also competing. Up-and-coming athletes Alonso Edward, Steve Mullings and Ramil Guliyev were among the season's fastest sprinters prior to the championships.[1]

After hurting his groin during his American record run in the 100 metres two days earlier, Gay withdrew from the race, effectively rescinding his second world title. The withdrawal of Dwain Chambers, Churandy Martina and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure also reduced the quality of the field. There were no surprise eliminations in the heats, where Crawford, Mullings, Robert Hering, and Martial Mbandjock were the fastest qualifiers,[2] and Mullings had the fastest time of the quarter-finals round, with all the favourite athletes progressing.[3] On the second day of competition, German number one Hering was eliminated. Bolt and Spearmon were the two semi-final winners, while the third-fastest, 19-year-old Alonso Edward, demonstrated medal winning form.[4]

In the final race, Usain Bolt, the clear favourite, had another world record-breaking run following his 9.58 second record in the 100 metres four days earlier. After having the fastest reaction time of the race, Bolt came out of the bend in first place and extended his lead further in the home straight, beating his previous mark of 19.30 seconds set at the Olympics by 0.11 seconds to take the gold medal and Championship record.[5] Crawford, second fastest at the bend, was overtaken by Edward and Spearmon and eventually finished fourth. Edward vastly improved his previous best to set a South American record of 19.81, while Spearmon was third with 19.85 seconds.[6]

Although the race between Gay and Bolt had not materialised, Bolt's world record of 19.19 seconds was a highlight of the championships. The overall quality of the event was also high: Edward had improved from 20.62 to 19.81 seconds over the course of one year. Also, with Crawford running 19.89 seconds, it was the first ever 200 m race to see four athletes run under 19.9 seconds. Bolt's winning margin of 0.62 seconds over second-placed Edward was the biggest in World Championship history. He received a $100,000 bonus for his performance, which was 0.13 seconds faster than Michael Johnson's former world record, a mark that had been regarded as one of the best records in the history of athletics.[6][7]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
Alonso Edward
 Panama
Wallace Spearmon
 United States

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.

World record  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
Championship record  Tyson Gay (USA) 19.76 Osaka, Japan 30 August 2007
World leading  Tyson Gay (USA) 19.58 New York, United States 30 May 2009
African record  Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 19.68 Atlanta, United States 1 August 1996
Asian Record  Shingo Suetsugu (JPN) 20.03 Yokohama, Japan 7 June 2003
North American record  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
South American record  Claudinei da Silva (BRA) 19.89 Munich, Germany 11 September 1999
European record  Pietro Mennea (ITA) 19.72 Mexico, Mexico 12 September 1979
Oceanian record  Peter Norman (AUS) 20.06 Mexico, Mexico 16 October 1968

Qualification standards[edit]

Shawn Crawford finished in fourth place
A time B time
20.59 20.75

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 18, 2009 10:05 Heats
August 18, 2009 18:55 Quarterfinals
August 19, 2009 19:25 Semifinals
August 20, 2009 20:35 Final

Results[edit]

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 5 fastest(q) advance to the quarterfinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Shawn Crawford  United States 20.60 Q
2 3 Steve Mullings  Jamaica 20.62 Q
3 9 Robert Hering  Germany 20.64 Q
4 7 Martial Mbandjock  France 20.65 Q
5 3 Paul Hession  Ireland 20.66 Q
5 9 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20.66 Q
7 3 Kenji Fujimitsu  Japan 20.69 Q
8 5 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 20.70 Q
9 6 Alonso Edward  Panama 20.71 Q
9 9 Gavin Smellie  Canada 20.71 Q
11 3 David Alerte  France 20.72 q
12 5 Rondell Sorrillo  Trinidad and Tobago 20.74 Q
13 6 Marc Schneeberger   Switzerland 20.76 Q
14 7 Marco Cribari   Switzerland 20.80 Q
14 5 Sam Effah  Canada 20.80 Q
16 2 Brendan Christian  Antigua and Barbuda 20.81 Q
16 6 Emmanuel Callander  Trinidad and Tobago 20.81 Q
18 8 Jared Connaughton  Canada 20.82 Q
19 7 Rolando Palacios  Honduras 20.83 Q
19 7 Kim Collins  Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.83 q
21 2 Aleixo-Platini Menga  Germany 20.84 Q
22 1 Roman Smirnov  Russia 20.85 Q
23 8 Shinji Takahira  Japan 20.86 Q
24 2 Charles Clark  United States 20.87 Q
25 9 Thuso Mpuang  South Africa 20.91 q
26 4 Marlon Devonish  Great Britain 20.92 Q
27 2 Ben Youssef Meité  Ivory Coast 20.93 q
28 2 Omar Jouma Bilal Al-Salfa  United Arab Emirates 20.94 q
29 1 Brian Dzingai  Zimbabwe 20.97 Q
29 9 Ramone McKenzie  Jamaica 20.97
31 7 Alexander Kosenkow  Germany 20.99
32 8 Stéphan Buckland  Mauritius 21.00 Q
32 6 Ihor Bodrov  Ukraine 21.00
32 6 Hamed Hamadan Al-Bishi  Saudi Arabia 21.00
35 9 Seth Amoo  Ghana 21.04
36 8 Patrick van Luijk  Netherlands 21.05
37 4 Ramil Guliyev  Azerbaijan 21.12 Q
38 5 Sandro Viana  Brazil 21.18
39 4 Marek Niit  Estonia 21.21 Q
40 5 Eddy De Lépine  France 21.23
41 3 Khalid Idrissi Zougari  Morocco 21.24
42 4 Nathaniel McKinney  Bahamas 21.26
43 1 Adam Harris  Guyana 21.28
44 6 Ramon Gittens  Barbados 21.33
45 4 Joel Redhead  Grenada 21.37
45 7 Ángel David Rodríguez  Spain 21.37
47 1 Aaron Armstrong  Trinidad and Tobago 21.38 SB
47 4 Ronalds Arājs  Latvia 21.38
47 5 Hitoshi Saito  Japan 21.38
50 2 Niko Verekauta  Fiji 21.43 SB
51 2 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud  Egypt 21.44
52 6 Vyacheslav Muravyev  Kazakhstan 21.48
53 8 Fanuel Kenosi  Botswana 21.75 SB
54 3 Franklin Nazareno  Ecuador 21.84
55 4 Sibusiso Matsenjwa  Swaziland 21.93 PB
56 1 Khalil Al Hanahneh  Jordan 21.98
57 8 Nikolai Portelli  Malta 22.11
58 4 Andrew Hinds  Barbados 22.60
59 8 Gabriel Mvumvure  Zimbabwe 22.67
2 Desislav Gunev  Bulgaria DNF
8 Arnaldo Abrantes  Portugal DNS
1 Dwain Chambers  Great Britain DNS
7 Tyson Gay  United States DNS
9 Churandy Martina  Netherlands Antilles DNS
5 Obinna Metu  Nigeria DNS
3 Gerald Phiri  Zambia DNS
1 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure  Norway DNS

Quarterfinals[edit]

Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Steve Mullings  Jamaica 20.23 Q
2 4 Alonso Edward  Panama 20.33 Q
3 2 Shawn Crawford  United States 20.37 Q
4 3 Ramil Guliyev  Azerbaijan 20.40 Q
5 1 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 20.41 Q
6 4 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20.44 Q
7 3 Paul Hession  Ireland 20.48 Q
8 1 David Alerte  France 20.51 Q, SB
9 1 Martial Mbandjock  France 20.55 Q, PB
9 1 Charles Clark  United States 20.55 q
11 4 Robert Hering  Germany 20.58 Q
11 3 Brendan Christian  Antigua and Barbuda 20.58 q
11 1 Rondell Sorrillo  Trinidad and Tobago 20.58 q
14 3 Emmanuel Callander  Trinidad and Tobago 20.62 q
15 2 Marlon Devonish  Great Britain 20.66 Q
16 3 Aleixo-Platini Menga  Germany 20.68
17 2 Rolando Palacios  Honduras 20.69 Q, SB
17 2 Shinji Takahira  Japan 20.69
19 2 Roman Smirnov  Russia 20.72 SB
20 3 Ben Youssef Meité  Ivory Coast 20.78
21 4 Marco Cribari   Switzerland 20.81
22 1 Kim Collins  Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.84
23 4 Thuso Mpuang  South Africa 20.87
24 1 Marc Schneeberger   Switzerland 20.91
25 2 Omar Jouma Bilal Al-Salfa  United Arab Emirates 20.97
25 4 Kenji Fujimitsu  Japan 20.97
25 4 Sam Effah  Canada 20.97
28 1 Gavin Smellie  Canada 21.27
29 3 Stéphan Buckland  Mauritius 21.33
2 Jared Connaughton  Canada DSQ
2 Brian Dzingai  Zimbabwe DNF
4 Marek Niit  Estonia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

First 4 of each Semifinal will be directly qualified (Q) for the Finals.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality React Time Notes
1 3 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 0.177 20.08 Q
2 5 Alonso Edward  Panama 0.164 20.22 Q
3 6 Shawn Crawford  United States 0.140 20.35 Q
4 4 David Alerte  France 0.147 20.45 Q, SB
5 7 Robert Hering  Germany 0.157 20.52
6 2 Rondell Sorrillo  Trinidad and Tobago 0.128 20.63
7 8 Rolando Palacios  Honduras 0.191 20.67 SB
8 1 Brendan Christian  Antigua and Barbuda 0.138 20.79

Semifinal 2[edit]

Steve Mullings prepares for the second semi-final
Rank Lane Name Nationality React Time Notes
1 5 Wallace Spearmon  United States 0.164 20.14 Q
2 3 Steve Mullings  Jamaica 0.156 20.26 Q
3 2 Charles Clark  United States 0.163 20.27 Q, SB
4 4 Ramil Guliyev  Azerbaijan 0.154 20.28 Q
5 7 Martial Mbandjock  France 0.155 20.43 PB
6 8 Paul Hession  Ireland 0.166 20.48
7 6 Marlon Devonish  Great Britain 0.154 20.62
8 1 Emmanuel Callander  Trinidad and Tobago 0.145 20.70

Final[edit]

Usain Bolt led the race from start to finish
Rank Lane Name Nationality React Time Notes
1 5 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 0.133 19.19 WR
2 6 Alonso Edward  Panama 0.179 19.81 AR
3 4 Wallace Spearmon  United States 0.152 19.85 SB
4 8 Shawn Crawford  United States 0.148 19.89 SB
5 3 Steve Mullings  Jamaica 0.146 19.98 PB
6 7 Charles Clark  United States 0.158 20.39
7 1 Ramil Guliyev  Azerbaijan 0.165 20.61
8 2 David Alerte  France 0.161 20.68

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-09).Men's 200m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-09. Archived 2009-09-08.
  2. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-18).Event Report - Men's 200m - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  3. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-18). Event Report - Men's 200m - Quarter-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  4. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-19). Event Report - Men's 200m - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  5. ^ New World Record for Usain Bolt - from Universal Sports on YouTube
  6. ^ a b Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-20). Event Report - Men's 200m - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  7. ^ Hart, Simon (2009-08-20). World Athletics: Usain Bolt breaks 200 metres world record in 19.19 seconds. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.