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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: JAM Usain Bolt
Silver: JAM Yohan Blake
Bronze: JAM Warren Weir

Summary

The defending champion was Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who had also won the title at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, but he had some injury problems in 2011 and was beaten by his countryman Yohan Blake in both the 100 and 200 at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials. However, four days before this final, Bolt had won a dominant victory in the 100 metres in London, to defend that gold medal, and as he is considered slightly stronger in the long sprint, he was a heavy favorite for 200 gold. Blake was expected to be his biggest challenger, while the Americans, normally dominant in the sprints, had no clear top 200 sprinter and were really just looking to medal. Only one American, Wallace Spearmon, made the final.

Bolt was in lane seven in the final, with all his challengers inside, Blake in lane four, Spearmon in six, and the Netherlands' Churandy Martina in lane five. But the race was over quickly. Bolt went through the curve in 10.0, a good two metres up on Blake. The third Jamaican runner, Warren Weir, was in third entering the straightaway. And that is how they would finish, as Bolt led a Jamaican sweep of the medals, the first ever for the island nation, and Blake repeated his silver medal from the 100 metres. Bolt actually eased up in the final 25 metres, probably costing him 1/10th second, but still ran 19.32, equalling the fourth fastest performance ever. Spearmon placed fourth as the United States missed medalling in this event for only the second time in the last 18 Olympic Games.

Blake's silvers in the 100-200 made him only the fourth runner to have done that, the last being Frankie Fredericks of Namibia in 1996, after Americans Thane Baker in 1956 and Nate Cartmell in 1904. Bolt became the first runner to defend the Olympic 100-200 double. The Jamaican medal sweep was only the third in this event, after the United States in 1904 and 1912.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Usain Bolt 25 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Yohan Blake 22 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Warren Weir 22 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Wallace Spearmon 27 United States USA
5 Churandy Martina 28 Netherlands NED
6 Christophe Lemaître 22 France FRA
7 Alex Quiñónez 22 Ecuador ECU
8 Anaso Jobodwana 19 South Africa RSA
3 h3 r2/3 Christian Malcolm 33 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 28 Norway NOR
4 h2 r2/3 Aaron Brown 20 Canada CAN
4 h3 r2/3 Maurice Mitchell 22 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Likourgos Tsakonas 22 Greece GRE
5 h2 r2/3 Aldemir da Silva Júnior 20 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r2/3 Brendan Christian 28 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h1 r2/3 Bruno de Barros 25 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/3 Kamil Kryński 25 Poland POL
6 h3 r2/3 Shinji Takahira 28 Japan JPN
7 h1 r2/3 Jared Connaughton 27 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Alex Wilson 21 Switzerland SUI
8 h1 r2/3 Kei Takase 23 Japan JPN
8 h2 r2/3 Isiah Young 22 United States USA
AC h3 r2/3 Antoine Adams 23 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
AC h3 r2/3 Michael Mathieu 28 Bahamas BAH
4 h3 r1/3 Roberto Skyers 20 Cuba CUB
4 h4 r1/3 Serhiy Smelyk 25 Ukraine UKR
4 h5 r1/3 Pavel Maslák 21 Czech Republic CZE
4 h7 r1/3 Amru Seoud 26 Egypt EGY
5 h1 r1/3 Noah Akwu 21 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r1/3 Rondell Sorillo 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h3 r1/3 Shota Iizuka 21 Japan JPN
5 h4 r1/3 Paul Hession 29 Ireland IRL
5 h5 r1/3 Tremaine Harris 20 Canada CAN
5 h6 r1/3 Jonathan Åstrand 26 Finland FIN
5 h7 r1/3 Arnaldo Abrantes 25 Portugal POR
6 h1 r1/3 Michael Herrera 27 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r1/3 Carlos Jorge 26 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h3 r1/3 Sibusiso Matsenjwa 24 Swaziland SWZ
6 h4 r1/3 Xie Zhenye 18 China CHN
6 h5 r1/3 Marek Niit 24 Estonia EST
6 h6 r1/3 Aziz Ouhadi 28 Morocco MAR
6 h7 r1/3 James Ellington 26 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Vyacheslav Muravyov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h2 r1/3 Cristián Reyes 25 Chile CHI
7 h3 r1/3 José Carlos Herrera 26 Mexico MEX
7 h4 r1/3 Mosito Lehata 23 Lesotho LES
7 h5 r1/3 Amaru Schenkel 24 Switzerland SUI
7 h6 r1/3 Sandro Viana 35 Brazil BRA
7 h7 r1/3 Trevorvano Mackey 20 Bahamas BAH
8 h1 r1/3 Jidou El-Moctar 27 Mauritania MTN
8 h2 r1/3 Ibrahim Turay 18 Sierra Leone SLE
8 h3 r1/3 Joel Redhead 26 Grenada GRN
8 h7 r1/3 Jean-Yves Esparon 17 Seychelles SEY
AC Alonso Edward 22 Panama PAN DQ