Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres
|Men's 200 metres|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||55 from 41 nations|
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).
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.
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.
The Men's 200m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. 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.
Prior to the competition[update], 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|
|Tuesday, 7 August 2012||11:50||Round 1|
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||20:10||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 9 August 2012||20:55||Finals|
 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.
|2||Aldemir da Silva Junior||Brazil||20.53||Q|
|3||Isiah Young||United States||20.55||Q|
|8||Jidou El Moctar||Mauritania||22.94||PB|
|2||Anaso Jobodwana||South Africa||20.46||Q|
|3||Aaron Brown||Canada||20.55||Q, PB|
|5||Rondel Sorrillo||Trinidad and Tobago||20.76|
|6||Carlos Jorge||Dominican Republic||21.02|
|8||Ibrahim Turay||Sierra Leone||21.90||PB|
|1||Maurice Mitchell||United States||20.54||Q|
|2||Christian Malcolm||Great Britain||20.59||Q|
|7||José Carlos Herrera||Mexico||21.17|
|2||Bruno de Barros||Brazil||20.52||Q|
|3||Jaysuma Saidy Ndure||Norway||20.52||Q|
|2||Antoine Adams||Saint Kitts and Nevis||20.59||Q|
|4||Pavel Maslák||Czech Republic||20.67|
|N/A||Alonso Edward||Panama||DQ||R 162.7|
|1||Alex Quiñónez||Ecuador||20.28||Q, NR|
|2||Wallace Spearmon||United States||20.47||Q|
|4||Brendan Christian||Antigua and Barbuda||20.63||q, SB|
|N/A||Ben Youssef Meité||Ivory Coast||DNS|
|4||Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud||Egypt||20.81|
|6||James Ellington||Great Britain||21.23|
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|2||Wallace Spearmon||United States||20.02||Q|
|4||Jaysuma Saidy Ndure||Norway||20.42|
|6||Bruno de Barros||Brazil||20.55|
|2||Anaso Jobodwana||South Africa||20.27||Q, PB|
|5||Aldemir da Silva Junior||Brazil||20.63|
|8||Isiah Young||United States||20.89|
|3||Christian Malcolm||Great Britain||20.51|
|4||Maurice Mitchell||United States||20.56|
|5||Brendan Christian||Antigua and Barbuda||20.58||SB|
|N/A||Antoine Adams||Saint Kitts and Nevis||DQ||R 163.3a|
|N/A||Michael Mathieu||Bahamas||DQ||R 162.7|
|7||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||19.32||WL, SB|
|4||6||Wallace Spearmon||United States||19.90||SB|
|8||9||Anaso Jobodwana||South Africa||20.69|
|Wind: +0.4 m/s|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Bolt Is First to Repeat as Winner of 100 and 200 Meters". New York Times. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Usain Bolt wins 200m to make Olympic athletics history". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Men's 200m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Men's 200m results". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.