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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 24, 2004
Date Finished: August 26, 2004

Gold: USA Shawn Crawford
Silver: USA Bernard Williams, III
Bronze: USA Justin Gatlin

Summary

The day before the Athina Olympics opened, the defending 200 champion, Kostas Kenteris and the women's 2000 100 silver medalist, Aikaterini Thanou, missed a mandatory drug test. A few hours they showed up at a hospital, claiming they had been injured in a motorcycle accident. But no accident had been reported, no eyewitnesses to it were produced, no damaged motorcycle was ever seen, and they had no significant visible injuries. After being question by the IOC, they withdrew from the Olympics. A Greek police probe concluded on 20 August that the pair had faked the motorcycle accident to avoid the drug test. This affected the 200 final as the Greek crowd protested vociferously, after Kenteris had been suspended for missing the drug test, delaying the start of the race. The final was eventually won rather comfortably by American Shawn Crawford, who led his teammates, Bernard Williams, III and Justin Gatlin, across the line. The US sweep was the sixth time that this had been done by US runners in the Olympic 200, but the first time since 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shawn Crawford 26 United States USA Gold
2 Bernard Williams, III 26 United States USA Silver
3 Justin Gatlin 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Frankie Fredericks 36 Namibia NAM
5 Francis Obikwelu 25 Portugal POR
6 Stéphane Buckland 27 Mauritius MRI
7 Tobias Unger 25 Germany GER
4 h2 r3/4 Asafa Powell 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r3/4 Tasos Gousis 25 Greece GRE
5 h2 r3/4 Sebastian Ernst 19 Germany GER
6 h1 r3/4 Chris Williams 32 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r3/4 Juan Pedro Toledo 26 Mexico MEX
7 h1 r3/4 Marcin Jędrusiński 22 Poland POL
7 h2 r3/4 Christian Malcolm 25 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r3/4 Darren Campbell 30 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r3/4 Matic Osovnikar 24 Slovenia SLO
4 h2 r2/4 Till Helmke 20 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/4 Johan Wissman 21 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/4 Brian Dzingai 23 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h4 r2/4 Cláudio Sousa 30 Brazil BRA
6 h1 r2/4 Géza Pauer 28 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r2/4 Marco Torrieri 26 Italy ITA
6 h3 r2/4 Dominic Demeritte 26 Bahamas BAH
6 h4 r2/4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 20 Gambia GAM
7 h1 r2/4 David Canal 25 Spain ESP
7 h2 r2/4 Malik Louahla 26 Algeria ALG
7 h3 r2/4 Brendan Christian 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h4 r2/4 Panagiotis Sarris 28 Greece GRE
8 h2 r2/4 Yang Yaozu 23 China CHN
8 h4 r2/4 Andrew Howe 19 Italy ITA
AC h3 r2/4 Marcin Urbaś 27 Poland POL
3 h4 r1/4 Joseph Batangdon 26 Cameroon CMR
5 h3 r1/4 Heber Viera 25 Uruguay URU
5 h4 r1/4 Usain Bolt 17 Jamaica JAM
5 h5 r1/4 Jiří Vojtík 23 Czech Republic CZE
6 h1 r1/4 Paul Brizzel 27 Ireland IRL
6 h2 r1/4 Leigh Julius 19 South Africa RSA
6 h3 r1/4 Oleg Sergeyev 29 Russia RUS
6 h4 r1/4 Christian Nsiah 28 Ghana GHA
6 h5 r1/4 Dion Crabbe 27 British Virgin Islands IVB
6 h6 r1/4 Oumar Loum 30 Senegal SEN
6 h7 r1/4 Shinji Takahira 20 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/4 Nabie Foday Fofanah 24 Guinea GUI
7 h2 r1/4 Geronimo Goeloe 22 Netherlands Antilles AHO
7 h3 r1/4 Menzi Dlamini 33 Swaziland SWZ
7 h4 r1/4 Hamoud Abdallah Al-Dalhami 32 Oman OMA
7 h5 r1/4 Nazmizan Mohamad 23 Malaysia MAS
7 h6 r1/4 Anninos Markoullidis 33 Cyprus CYP
7 h7 r1/4 Dadaş İbrahimov 28 Azerbaijan AZE
8 h2 r1/4 Basílio de Moraes Júnior 22 Brazil BRA
8 h4 r1/4 Ryo Matsuda 24 Japan JPN
8 h5 r1/4 Adam Miller 20 Australia AUS
8 h7 r1/4 Russel Roman 29 Palau PLW
AC h3 r1/4 Chris Lambert 23 Great Britain GBR