Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 7–9 August
Competitors 55 from 41 nations
Winning time 19.32
1st, gold medalist(s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yohan Blake  Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Warren Weir  Jamaica
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The men's 200 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 7–9 August.[1]

The semi-final round showed all three Jamaican athletes were the class of the field. In heat one, Yohan Blake had a huge lead and relaxed down the straightaway, almost too much as Wallace Spearmon and Christophe Lemaitre raced to the line behind him in the fastest heat of the day. Usain Bolt dominated the second heat, jogging and looking around for non-existent challengers down the straight. And in heat three, Warren Weir was running easily, easing up at the finish to let Churandy Martina take the first spot, knowing he had qualified in the second position. Slowest qualifier Alex Quiñónez, racing hard for his 20.37, was on the opposite side of a clear dividing line in the field.

In the final, Bolt, who was in lane 7, moved past his Jamaican teammate Weir after only 50 metres; coming off the bend and onto the final 100-metre straight, Bolt's lead over the rest of the field had grown to several metres, however Blake began to pull him back. Due to the lead he had built in the first 120 meters, it was Bolt who crossed the line first in a time of 19.32, already easing off before the line. In doing so, he became the first man in history to do the "double double" – winning both the 100 and 200 metres twice, back to back (he would later break this record by winning the 4 × 100 m relay and completing the Double Triple, at the same Olympics). Blake took the silver medal, as he had done in the 100 metres final, again behind Bolt. His time was the fastest ever time to not win a gold medal. Weir completed the 1–2–3 sweep for the Jamaicans by winning the bronze medal, the second time in any international competition that Jamaica has achieved this (after the women did it in the 2008 100 metres).[2]

Bolt's time of 19.32 was coincidentally the time he had beaten when he first broke the 200 metres world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics 200 metres.[3]

The final was only the third time since 1928 (the others being the 1980 Olympics in Moscow which they boycotted, and also the 2000 Olympics in Sydney) that the United States failed to win a medal in the men's 200 metres, Wallace Spearmon finishing fourth with a time of 19.90, 6/100 second outside a medal placing.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 200m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[4] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semifinals. A total of eight competitors qualified for the Final from the Semifinals.[4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World Record  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
Olympic Record 19.30 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
2012 World Leading  Yohan Blake (JAM) 19.80 Kingston, Jamaica 1 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.32 London, United Kingdom 9 August 2012

The following new National records were set during the competition.

Swaziland national record  Sibusiso Matsenjwa (SWZ) 20.93 s
Ecuador national record  Alex Quiñónez (ECU) 20.28 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 11:50 Round 1
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 20:10 Semifinals
Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:55 Finals


Round 1[edit]

[5] Q = qualified by place; q = qualified by time; WR = world record; OR = Olympic record; WL = world leading; NR = national record; PB = personal best; SB = season best

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Usain Bolt after his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 20.39 Q
2 Aldemir da Silva Junior  Brazil 20.53 Q
3 Isiah Young  United States 20.55 Q
4 Alex Wilson  Switzerland 20.57 q
5 Noah Akwu  Nigeria 20.67
6 Michael Herrera  Cuba 21.05
7 Vyacheslav Muravyev  Kazakhstan 21.75
8 Jidou El Moctar  Mauritania 22.94 PB

Heat 2[edit]

Christophe Lemaitre before his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Christophe Lemaitre  France 20.34 Q
2 Anaso Jobodwana  South Africa 20.46 Q
3 Aaron Brown  Canada 20.55 Q, PB
4 Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsákonas  Greece 20.56 q
5 Rondel Sorrillo  Trinidad and Tobago 20.76
6 Carlos Jorge  Dominican Republic 21.02
7 Cristián Reyes  Chile 21.29
8 Ibrahim Turay  Sierra Leone 21.90 PB

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Maurice Mitchell  United States 20.54 Q
2 Christian Malcolm  Great Britain 20.59 Q
3 Michael Mathieu  Bahamas 20.62 Q
4 Roberto Skyers  Cuba 20.66
5 Shota Iizuka  Japan 20.81
6 Sibusiso Matsenjwa  Swaziland 20.93 NR
7 José Carlos Herrera  Mexico 21.17
8 Joel Redhead  Grenada 21.22

Heat 4[edit]

Yohan Blake starts his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Yohan Blake  Jamaica 20.38 Q
2 Bruno de Barros  Brazil 20.52 Q
3 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure  Norway 20.52 Q
4 Serhiy Smelyk  Ukraine 20.65
5 Paul Hession  Ireland 20.69
6 Xie Zhenye  China 20.69
7 Mosito Lehata  Lesotho 20.74

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Warren Weir  Jamaica 20.29 Q
2 Antoine Adams  Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.59 Q
3 Kamil Krynski  Poland 20.66 Q
4 Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 20.67
5 Tremaine Harris  Canada 20.70
6 Marek Niit  Estonia 20.82
7 Reto Schenkel  Switzerland 20.98
N/A Alonso Edward  Panama DQ R 162.7

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Alex Quiñónez  Ecuador 20.28 Q, NR
2 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20.47 Q
3 Shinji Takahira  Japan 20.57 Q
4 Brendan Christian  Antigua and Barbuda 20.63 q, SB
5 Jonathan Åstrand  Finland 20.73 SB
6 Aziz Ouhadi  Morocco 20.80
7 Sandro Viana  Brazil 21.05
N/A Ben Youssef Meité  Ivory Coast DNS

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Churandy Martina  Netherlands 20.58 Q
2 Kei Takase  Japan 20.72 Q
3 Jared Connaughton  Canada 20.72 Q
4 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud  Egypt 20.81
5 Arnaldo Abrantes  Portugal 20.88
6 James Ellington  Great Britain 21.23
7 Trevorvano Mackey  Bahamas 21.28
8 Jean-Yves Esparon  Seychelles 21.99



Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Yohan Blake  Jamaica 20.01 Q
2 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20.02 Q
3 Christophe Lemaitre  France 20.03 q
4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure  Norway 20.42
5 Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsákonas  Greece 20.52 PB
6 Bruno de Barros  Brazil 20.55
7 Jared Connaughton  Canada 20.64
8 Kei Takase  Japan 20.70

Heat 2[edit]

The start of the second semi-final
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 20.18 Q
2 Anaso Jobodwana  South Africa 20.27 Q, PB
3 Alex Quiñónez  Ecuador 20.37 q
4 Aaron Brown  Canada 20.42 PB
5 Aldemir da Silva Junior  Brazil 20.63
6 Kamil Krynski  Poland 20.83
7 Alex Wilson  Switzerland 20.85
8 Isiah Young  United States 20.89

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Churandy Martina  Netherlands 20.17 Q
2 Warren Weir  Jamaica 20.28 Q
3 Christian Malcolm  Great Britain 20.51
4 Maurice Mitchell  United States 20.56
5 Brendan Christian  Antigua and Barbuda 20.58 SB
6 Shinji Takahira  Japan 20.77
N/A Antoine Adams  Saint Kitts and Nevis DQ R 163.3a
N/A Michael Mathieu  Bahamas DQ R 162.7


Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 7 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 19.32 WL, SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Yohan Blake  Jamaica 19.44 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 Warren Weir  Jamaica 19.84 PB
4 6 Wallace Spearmon  United States 19.90 SB
5 5 Churandy Martina  Netherlands 20.00
6 2 Christophe Lemaitre  France 20.19
7 3 Alex Quiñónez  Ecuador 20.57
8 9 Anaso Jobodwana  South Africa 20.69
Wind: +0.4 m/s


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