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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008

Gold: JAM Veronica Campbell-Brown
Silver: USA Allyson Felix
Bronze: JAM Kerron Stewart

Summary

The favorite was American Allyson Felix who had won the World Championships in 2005 and 2007 and been world ranked #1 since 2005. In Athina, when she was only 18, she had won silver behind Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell (now Campbell-Brown). In five meetings from 2005-2007, Felix had defeated Campbell-Brown every time with comfortable margins, but Campbell-Brown had slightly the better of 2008 performances, and there was little to choose between them. These two won their semi-finals, setting the stage for the confrontation in the final. Campbell-Brown was drawn in lane four, just inside Felix. On the curve she closed the stagger on Felix, and had 2/10ths of a second on her at 100 metres, Felix only in fourth place at that point. Felix closed quickly on the field, but could not make up any ground on Campbell-Brown who maintained her margin to win the gold medal, Felix in second. Jamaica added a second medal when Kerron Stewart added bronze to the silver she had won in the 100. Bahraini runner Rakia Al-Gassra made it to the semis, a remarkable performance considering she ran fully covered up, in accordance with Muslim customs.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown 26 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Allyson Felix 22 United States USA Silver
3 Kerron Stewart 24 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Muna Lee 26 United States USA
5 Marshevet Hooker 23 United States USA
6 Sherone Simpson 23 Jamaica JAM
7 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 32 Bahamas BAH
8 Cydonie Mothersill 30 Cayman Islands CAY
5 h1 r3/4 Yuliya Chermoshanskaya 22 Russia RUS
5 h2 r3/4 Muriel Hurtis-Houairi 29 France FRA
6 h1 r3/4 Nataliya Pyhyda 27 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r3/4 Rakia Al-Gassra 25 Bahrain BRN
7 h1 r3/4 Susanthika Jayasinghe 32 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h2 r3/4 Emily Freeman 27 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r3/4 Roxana Díaz 27 Cuba CUB
8 h2 r3/4 Aleksandra Fedoriva 19 Russia RUS
4 h4 r2/4 Ivet Lalova 24 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r2/4 Ionela Târlea-Manolache 32 Romania ROU
5 h3 r2/4 Kadiatou Camara 27 Mali MLI
5 h4 r2/4 Virgil Hodge 24 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
6 h1 r2/4 Evelyn dos Santos 23 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/4 Damola Osayomi 22 Nigeria NGR
6 h3 r2/4 Adrienne Power 26 Canada CAN
6 h4 r2/4 Nataliya Kresova-Rusakova 28 Russia RUS
7 h1 r2/4 LaVerne Jones 26 United States Virgin Islands ISV
7 h2 r2/4 Darlenys Obregón 22 Colombia COL
7 h3 r2/4 Vincenza Calì 24 Italy ITA
7 h4 r2/4 Eleni Artymata 22 Cyprus CYP
8 h2 r2/4 Inna Eftimova 20 Bulgaria BUL
8 h3 r2/4 Sheniqua Ferguson 18 Bahamas BAH
8 h4 r2/4 Alison George 20 Grenada GRN
DNS h1 r2/4 Guzel Khubbiyeva 32 Uzbekistan UZB
5 h3 r1/4 Sabina Veit 22 Slovenia SLO
6 h1 r1/4 Kia Davis 32 Liberia LBR
6 h2 r1/4 Marielis Sánchez 19 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h3 r1/4 Gloria Kemasuode 28 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r1/4 Kirsten Nieuwendam 16 Suriname SUR
7 h2 r1/4 Carol Rodríguez 22 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r1/4 Meritzer Williams 19 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 h4 r1/4 Jade Bailey 25 Barbados BAR
7 h5 r1/4 Isabel le Roux 21 South Africa RSA
7 h6 r1/4 Marta Jeschke 22 Poland POL
8 h3 r1/4 Fabienne Féraez 32 Benin BEN
8 h4 r1/4 Lei Lei Win 31 Myanmar MYA
8 h5 r1/4 Samia Omar 17 Somalia SOM
8 h6 r1/4 Gretta Taslakian 22 Lebanon LIB