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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008

Gold: JAM Usain Bolt
Silver: USA Shawn Crawford
Bronze: USA Walter Dix

Summary

Having won the 100 four days earlier in world record fashion, and being considered better at the 200, Usain Bolt was a heavy favorite. His world record in the 100 had come despite shutting down at 80 metres and celebrating thru the tape. But in the 200, the world record of 19.32 set by Michael Johnson at the Atlanta Olympics, seemed inviolable. Some track experts stated that they expected that mark to last thru their lifetimes. Bolt had made plans that this time there would be no celebrating and he would run hard throughout, trying to break Johnson's record. Unfortunately, the race was run into a wind of 0.9 metres/second. But it mattered not. Bolt, running in lane five, made up the stagger on lane six by 50 metres, and hit the century mark in 10.0 flat, faster than Johnson had run in his world record (10.12). And he did not shut it down, taking down Johnson's vaunted world record with a 19.30 clocking. He had definitely established himself as the fastest man in the world.

The other podium places took a bit to sort out. The second-placed finisher originally was Churandy Martina (AHO), with Wallace Spearman (USA) in third. Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix finished fourth and fifth, respectively. But a protest was lodged against Spearman, claiming that he run out of his lane in the curve. The US officials viewed the tape and had to accept the ruling but in doing so, they also noted that Martina had also run out of his lane and lodged a similar protest. Both runners were disqualified and Crawford and Dix moved up to the medal places. The Netherlands Antilles protested to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, stating that the American protest had not been made within the time limit, but this protest was eventually not allowed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Usain Bolt 21 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Shawn Crawford 30 United States USA Silver
3 Walter Dix 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Brian Dzingai 27 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 Christian Malcolm 29 Great Britain GBR
6 Kim Collins 32 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
AC Churandy Martina 24 Netherlands Antilles AHO
AC Wallace Spearmon 23 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Paul Hession 25 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r3/4 Brendan Christian 24 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h1 r3/4 Chris Williams 36 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r3/4 Stéphane Buckland 31 Mauritius MRI
7 h1 r3/4 Jared Connaughton 23 Canada CAN
7 h2 r3/4 Marlon Devonish 32 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r3/4 Kristof Beyens 25 Belgium BEL
DNS h2 r3/4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 24 Norway NOR
4 h3 r2/4 Marcin Jędrusiński 26 Poland POL
4 h4 r2/4 Rondell Sorillo 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h3 r2/4 Aaron Armstrong 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h4 r2/4 Ramil Quliyev 18 Azerbaijan AZE
6 h1 r2/4 Amru Seoud 22 Egypt EGY
6 h2 r2/4 Roman Smirnov 23 Russia RUS
6 h3 r2/4 Obinna Metu 20 Nigeria NGR
6 h4 r2/4 Visa Hongisto 21 Finland FIN
7 h1 r2/4 Rolando Palacios 21 Honduras HON
7 h2 r2/4 Shinji Takahira 24 Japan JPN
7 h3 r2/4 Sandro Viana 31 Brazil BRA
7 h4 r2/4 Thuso Mpuang 22 South Africa RSA
8 h1 r2/4 Ángel David Rodríguez 28 Spain ESP
8 h2 r2/4 Matic Osovnikar 28 Slovenia SLO
8 h3 r2/4 Marc Schneeberger 27 Switzerland SUI
AC h4 r2/4 Marvin Anderson 26 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r1/4 Jiří Vojtík 27 Czech Republic CZE
4 h6 r1/4 Seth Amoo 25 Ghana GHA
5 h1 r1/4 Fanuel Kenosi 20 Botswana BOT
5 h3 r1/4 Chris Lloyd 27 Dominica DMA
5 h4 r1/4 Bruno de Barros 21 Brazil BRA
5 h5 r1/4 José Acevedo 22 Venezuela VEN
5 h6 r1/4 Ronalds Arājs 20 Latvia LAT
5 h7 r1/4 Jamial Rolle 28 Bahamas BAH
5 h8 r1/4 Marco Cribari 23 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/4 Adam Harris 21 Guyana GUY
6 h3 r1/4 Heber Viera 29 Uruguay URU
6 h4 r1/4 Desislav Gunev 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 h5 r1/4 Ihor Bodrov 21 Ukraine UKR
6 h6 r1/4 Jayson Jones 30 Belize BIZ
6 h7 r1/4 Shingo Suetsugu 28 Japan JPN
6 h8 r1/4 James Dolphin 25 New Zealand NZL
7 h1 r1/4 Khalil Al-Hanahneh 28 Jordan JOR
7 h2 r1/4 Daniel Grueso 23 Colombia COL
7 h3 r1/4 Cristián Reyes 22 Chile CHI
7 h4 r1/4 Vyacheslav Muravyov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h5 r1/4 Mohamad Siraj Tamim 23 Lebanon LIB
7 h6 r1/4 Nabie Foday Fofanah 28 Guinea GUI
7 h7 r1/4 Omar Al-Salfa 18 United Arab Emirates UAE
7 h8 r1/4 Zhang Peimeng 21 China CHN
8 h1 r1/4 Solomon Bayoh 18 Sierra Leone SLE
8 h2 r1/4 Arnaldo Abrantes 21 Portugal POR
8 h3 r1/4 Franklin Nazareno 21 Ecuador ECU
8 h4 r1/4 Nicolai Portelli 26 Malta MLT
8 h5 r1/4 Oleg Zhuravlyov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
9 h5 r1/4 Juan Miguel Zeledón 22 Nicaragua NCA
AC h6 r1/4 Bryan Barnett 21 Canada CAN