Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres
|Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
August 21 (final)
|Competitors||46 from 36 nations|
|Winning time||21.74 s|
|Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
Allyson Felix, the young American athlete and already a double World champion, entered the 200m race in Beijing as a favorite for the gold. Defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica also appeared to be in great form, setting a new personal best of 21.94 seconds at the Olympic trials.
In the final, Campbell-Brown had the quickest start and made up the stagger very quickly on Allyson Felix, who had been drawn in the lane outside of her. Running a stellar curve and accelerating out of the bend, the Jamaican athlete held her form to cross the line in 21.74 seconds, the fastest time of the decade and a new personal best.
Veronica Campbell-Brown, who suffered from injuries that led to disappointment in the 200m in the 2007 World Championships, returned to form to become only the second woman in history to win back-to-back Olympic 200m titles. Allyson Felix was once again relegated to the silver medal in a seasonal best of 21.93, the second-fastest time of her career. Jamaican Kerron Stewart won the bronze medal by just a hundredth of a second.
The qualifying standards were 23.00 s (A standard) and 23.20 s (B standard).
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (United States)||21.34 s||Seoul, South Korea||29 September 1988|
|Olympic record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.34 s||Seoul, South Korea||29 September 1988|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Round 2.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.
20 August 2008 - 21:55 Wind: 0.0 m/s
|3||4||Muna Lee||United States||22.29||Q, PB||0.186|
|7||8||Susanthika Jayasinghe||Sri Lanka||22.98||0.245|
20 August 2008 - 22:04 Wind: -0.2 m/s
|1||7||Allyson Felix||United States||22.33||Q||0.181|
|2||9||Marshevet Hooker||United States||22.50||Q||0.196|
|4||3||Cydonie Mothersille||Cayman Islands||22.61||Q, SB||0.212|
|7||8||Emily Freeman||Great Britain||22.83||0.201|
21 August 2008 - Wind: 0.6 m/s
|5||Allyson Felix||United States||0.193||21.93||SB|
|4||9||Muna Lee||United States||0.176||22.01||PB|
|5||7||Marshevet Hooker||United States||0.200||22.34||PB|
|8||3||Cydonie Mothersille||Cayman Islands||0.206||22.68|
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)
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