Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Bolt200.jpg
Usain Bolt and Shawn Crawford in the closing stages of the final
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates August 18
August 20 (final)
Competitors 63 from 53 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Jamaica
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
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Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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The Men's 200 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 18–20 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 20.59 s (A standard) and 20.75 s (B standard).[2]

Usain Bolt set a new world record of 19.30 s in the medal race and won by the largest margin of victory (0.52 s; after disqualifications 0.64 s) in an Olympic 200 m (Walter Tewksbury had a ca. 0.6 seconds margin in his victory in the first Olympic 200 m race in 1900).

Controversy arose within minutes after the medal race when Wallace Spearmon, who finished third in 19.95 s was disqualified for stepping out of his lane. United States officials filed a protest, but conceded after seeing the video and noticing that silver medalist Churandy Martina (19.82 s) who had celebrated the second ever Olympic medal for the Netherlands Antilles, also may have stepped out of his lane. They filed an appeal to disqualify Martina, which after more than an hour of deliberation was granted, through which the United States obtained both the silver and bronze medals.[3] [4] On March 6, 2009, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands Antilles against Martina's disqualification.[5] Shawn Crawford, who had been awarded the Olympic silver medal, reportedly gave his medal to Martina on August 28, 2008 in a tremendous show of sportsmanship.[6]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record United States Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32 s Atlanta, USA 1 August 1996
Olympic record  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32 s Atlanta, USA 1 August 1996

The following new world and Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Time (sec)
20 August Final  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 World record icon.svg Olympic record icon.svg

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds. The following abbreviations are used:

Round 1[edit]

The first round was held on 18 August. The first three runners of each heat (Q) plus the next eight overall fastest runners (q) qualified for the second round.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 4 Shawn Crawford United States 20.61 Q 0.216
2 6 Marcin Jędrusiński Poland 20.64 Q 0.199
3 7 Stephan Buckland Mauritius 20.98 Q 0.229
4 1 Jiří Vojtík Czech Republic 21.05 0.165
5 9 Fanuel Kenosi Botswana 21.09 0.211
6 3 Adam Harris Guyana 21.36 0.163
7 5 Khalil Al-Hanahneh Jordan 21.55 SB 0.184
8 2 Solomon Bayoh Sierra Leone 22.16 0.216

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 3 Brian Dzingai Zimbabwe 20.25 Q 0.172
2 5 Christian Malcolm Great Britain 20.42 Q, SB 0.178
3 4 Christopher Williams Jamaica 20.53 Q 0.166
4 8 Shinji Takahira Japan 20.58 q, SB 0.175
5 2 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud Egypt 20.75 q 0.172
6 9 Thuso Mpuang South Africa 20.87 q 0.166
7 6 Daniel Grueso Colombia 21.15 0.232
8 7 Arnaldo Abrantes Portugal 21.46 0.173

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 8 Marlon Devonish Great Britain 20.49 Q, SB 0.157
2 5 Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.55 Q 0.175
3 7 Marvin Anderson Jamaica 20.85 Q 0.175
4 9 Matic Osovnikar Slovenia 20.89 q, SB 0.189
5 2 Chris Lloyd Dominica 20.90 0.185
6 6 Heber Viera Uruguay 20.93 0.210
7 4 Cristián Reyes Chile 21.20 0.165
8 3 Franklin Nazareno Ecuador 21.26 0.174

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 5 Roman Smirnov Russia 20.76 Q 0.166
2 3 Walter Dix United States 20.77 Q 0.185
3 9 Rolando Palacios Honduras 20.81 Q 0.202
4 8 Ángel David Rodríguez Spain 20.87 q 0.162
5 2 Bruno de Barros Brazil 21.15 0.162
6 7 Desislav Gunev Bulgaria 21.55 0.178
7 6 Vyacheslav Muravyev Kazakhstan 21.68 0.206
8 4 Nicolai Portelli Malta 22.31 0.180

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Rondell Sorillo Trinidad and Tobago 20.58 Q 0.193
2 4 Usain Bolt Jamaica 20.64 Q 0.177
3 2 Kristof Beyens Belgium 20.69 Q 0.148
4 9 Marc Schneeberger Switzerland 20.86 q 0.137
5 7 José Acevedo Venezuela 21.06 0.270
6 8 Ihor Bodrov Ukraine 21.38 0.172
7 3 Mohamad Siraj Tamim Lebanon 21.80 PB 0.206
8 1 Oleg Juravlyov Uzbekistan 22.31 0.145
9 5 Juan Zeledon Nicaragua 23.39 0.173

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 3 Wallace Spearmon United States 20.46 Q 0.184
2 4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Norway 20.54 Q, SB 0.161
3 2 Paul Hession Ireland 20.59 Q 0.190
4 8 Seth Amoo Ghana 20.91 0.140
5 7 Ronalds Arājs Latvia 21.22 0.218
6 5 Jayson Jones Belize 21.54 0.162
7 6 Nabie Foday Fofanah Guinea 21.68 0.247
9 Bryan Barnett Canada DNF 0.164

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Obinna Metu Nigeria 20.62 Q 0.168
2 9 Ramil Guliyev Azerbaijan 20.78 Q, SB 0.175
3 8 Churandy Martina Netherlands Antilles 20.78 Q 0.172
4 4 Sandro Viana Brazil 20.84 q 0.159
5 5 Jamial Rolle Bahamas 20.93 0.162
6 2 Shingo Suetsugu Japan 20.93 0.185
7 7 Omar Jouma Bilal Al-Salfa United Arab Emirates 21.00 0.184
3 Alexander Nelson Great Britain DNS

Heat 8[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Aaron Armstrong Trinidad and Tobago 20.57 Q 0.183
2 8 Brendan Christian Antigua and Barbuda 20.58 Q 0.164
3 7 Jared Connaughton Canada 20.60 Q 0.146
4 9 Visa Hongisto Finland 20.62 q, SB 0.145
5 3 Marco Cribari Switzerland 20.98 0.171
6 2 James Dolphin New Zealand 20.98 0.161
7 5 Zhang Peimeng China 21.06 SB 0.150
4 Samuel Francis Qatar DNS

Round 2[edit]

Round 2 was held on 18 August. First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the Semifinals.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 4 Usain Bolt Jamaica 20.29 Q 0.186
2 7 Shawn Crawford United States 20.42 Q 0.198
3 6 Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.43 Q, SB 0.233
4 5 Marlon Devonish Great Britain 20.43 q, SB 0.146
5 9 Jared Connaughton Canada 20.45 q 0.151
6 3 Amr Seoud Egypt 20.45 NR 0.151
7 8 Rolando Palacios Honduras 20.87 0.248
8 2 Ángel David Rodríguez Spain 20.96 0.172

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 4 Brian Dzingai Zimbabwe 20.23 Q 0.182
2 7 Walter Dix United States 20.27 Q 0.162
3 8 Christopher Williams Jamaica 20.28 Q 0.159
4 6 Christian Malcolm Great Britain 20.30 q, SB 0.188
5 9 Stephan Buckland Mauritius 20.37 q, SB 0.188
6 5 Roman Smirnov Russia 20.62 0.161
7 3 Shinji Takahira Japan 20.63 0.185
8 2 Matic Osovnikar Slovenia 20.95 0.171

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 5 Brendan Christian Antigua and Barbuda 20.26 Q 0.166
2 8 Churandy Martina Netherlands Antilles 20.42 Q 0.155
3 9 Kristof Beyens Belgium 20.50 Q 0.155
4 6 Marcin Jędrusiński Poland 20.58 =SB 0.199
5 4 Aaron Armstrong Trinidad and Tobago 20.58 0.155
6 7 Obinna Metu Nigeria 20.65 0.195
7 2 Sandro Viana Brazil 21.07 0.168
8 3 Marc Schneeberger Switzerland 21.48 0.156

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 8 Paul Hession Ireland 20.32 Q, SB 0.190
2 4 Wallace Spearmon United States 20.39 Q 0.202
3 6 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Norway 20.45 Q, SB 0.131
4 7 Rondell Sorillo Trinidad and Tobago 20.63 0.164
5 5 Ramil Guliyev Azerbaijan 20.66 NR 0.174
6 3 Visa Hongisto Finland 20.76 0.124
7 2 Thuso Mpuang South Africa 21.04 0.162
9 Marvin Anderson Jamaica DNF 0.187

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinals were held on 19 August. First 4 in each heat (Q) advance to the Final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 Churandy Martina Netherlands Antilles 20.11 Q, NR 0.154
2 6 Brian Dzingai Zimbabwe 20.17 Q, =SB 0.184
3 4 Walter Dix United States 20.19 Q 0.161
4 3 Christian Malcolm Great Britain 20.25 Q, SB 0.181
5 5 Paul Hession Ireland 20.38 0.175
6 9 Christopher Williams Jamaica 20.45 0.217
7 2 Jared Connaughton Canada 20.58 0.146
8 8 Kristof Beyens Belgium 20.69 0.211

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Usain Bolt Jamaica 20.09 Q 0.175
2 5 Shawn Crawford United States 20.12 Q 0.196
3 7 Wallace Spearmon United States 20.14 Q 0.196
4 8 Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.25 Q, SB 0.191
5 4 Brendan Christian Antigua and Barbuda 20.29 0.135
6 2 Stephan Buckland Mauritius 20.48 0.141
7 3 Marlon Devonish Great Britain 20.57 0.258
9 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Norway DNS

Final[edit]

Wind: -0.9 m/s

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes
1 5 Usain Bolt Jamaica 0.182 19.30 WR
2 4 Shawn Crawford United States 0.210 19.96
3 8 Walter Dix United States 0.151 19.98
4 6 Brian Dzingai Zimbabwe 0.185 20.22
5 3 Christian Malcolm Great Britain 0.212 20.40
6 2 Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.165 20.59
DSQ 7 Churandy Martina Netherlands Antilles 0.144 19.82
DSQ 9 Wallace Spearmon United States 0.167 19.95

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ Charean Williams Amid dispute over silver and bronze, Bolt leaves no doubt with world record, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 20, 2008
  4. ^ Amy Shipley Lightning strikes twice, Washington Post, August 20, 2008
  5. ^ Martina's bid to reclaim silver rejected, ESPN.com, March 6, 2009.
  6. ^ "Martina gets silver lining in 200m". 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-02-14. [dead link]