2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 200 metres
The men's 200 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on September 2 and September 3. Usain Bolt, the world record holder and defending champion was the favourite going into the race with a world leading time of 19.86 seconds. He had also won his three major races after return from injury convincingly.
The semi-finals began with another false start, but it was Sandro Viana. Christophe Lemaitre led the qualifying winning semi 1, as Bolt casually cruised through semi 2 and Walter Dix ran a controlled semi 3.
The finals were Bolt's redemption. Still cautious, Bolt had the slowest reaction time in the field, but he easily charged into the lead, making up the stagger on Dix 2/3 of the way through the turn as returning silver medalist Alonso Edward pulled up. Bolt made one glance back at Dix and the rest of the field, then charged home in 19.40 his third best time, the number four time ever. Dix was clearly second in 19.70, with Christophe Lemaitre separating from Jaysuma Saidy Ndure in 19.80, the French National Record for the bronze medal. The rest of the field was more than 3/10ths of a second behind. Note these were Fully automatic times, it was just a fluke that all the medal times were evenly divisible by a tenth of a second.
United States (USA)
Prior to the competition, the men's 200 m records were as follows:
|World record||Usain Bolt (JAM)||19.19||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009|
|World leading||19.86||Oslo, Norway||9 June 2011|
|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, Central American and Caribbean record||Usain Bolt (JAM)||19.19||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009|
|South American record||Alonso Edward (PAN)||19.81||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009|
|European record||Pietro Mennea (ITA)||19.72||Mexico City, Mexico||12 September 1979|
|Oceanian record||Peter Norman (AUS)||20.06||Mexico City, Mexico||16 October 1968|
|A time||B time|
|September 2, 2011||11:10||Heats|
|September 2, 2011||19:55||Semifinals|
|September 3, 2011||21:20||Final|
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.
Heat 1: +0.3 m/s, Heat 2: -0.3 m/s, Heat 3: -1.1 m/s, Heat 4: -1.1 m/s, Heat 5: -0.8 m/s, Heat 6: +0.4 m/s, Heat 7: -0.7 m/s
Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.
Heat 1: -1.0 m/s, Heat 2: -1.0 m/s, Heat 3: -0.7 m/s
Wind: +0.8 m/s
|3||Usain Bolt||Jamaica (JAM)||19.40||WL|
|4||Walter Dix||United States (USA)||19.70||SB|
|6||Christophe Lemaitre||France (FRA)||19.80||NR|
|4||8||Jaysuma Saidy Ndure||Norway (NOR)||19.95||SB|
|5||5||Nickel Ashmeade||Jamaica (JAM)||20.29|
|6||2||Bruno de Barros||Brazil (BRA)||20.31|
|7||1||Rondel Sorrillo||Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||20.34|
|7||Alonso Edward||Panama (PAN)||DNF|
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- "Timetable Day 8". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- 200 metres results at IAAF website