2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 200 metres
Olympic silver medalist and defending World champion Allyson Felix (USA) established herself as the pre-race favorite, having run under 22 seconds earlier in the season. Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) suffered a toe injury and entered Berlin below her peak form.
In the final, Campbell-Brown and Allyson Felix both went out of the blocks quickly and entered the home straight even with one another. Felix, however, was able to hold her form as Campbell-Brown faltered, crossing the line in 22.02 seconds to win her third World 200m title. Campbell-Brown earned another silver medal in the 200m, and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) won the bronze medal.
United States (USA)
|World Record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.34||Seoul, South Korea||29 September 1988|
|Championship Record||Silke Gladisch-Möller (GDR)||21.74||Rome, Italy||3 September 1987|
|World Leading||Allyson Felix (USA)||21.88||Stockholm, Sweden||31 July 2009|
|African Record||Mary Onyali-Omagbemi (NGR)||22.07||Zürich, Switzerland||14 August 1996|
|Asian Record||Li Xuemei (CHN)||22.01||Shanghai, China||22 October 1997|
|North American record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.34||Seoul, South Korea||29 September 1988|
|South American record||Lucimar de Moura (BRA)||22.60||Bogotá, Colombia||26 June 1999|
|European Record||Marita Koch (GDR)||21.71||Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany||10 June 1979|
|Oceanian Record||Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (AUS)||22.23||Stuttgart, Germany||13 July 1997|
|A time||B time|
|August 19, 2009||19:45||Heats|
|August 20, 2009||19:50||Semifinals|
|August 21, 2009||21:00||Final|
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.
Key: PB = Personal best, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best
Qualification: First 2 in each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.
|Allyson Felix||United States (USA)||22.02|
|Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica (JAM)||22.35|
|Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie||Bahamas (BAH)||22.41|
|4||Muna Lee||United States (USA)||22.48|
|5||Anneisha McLaughlin||Jamaica (JAM)||22.62|
|6||Simone Facey||Jamaica (JAM)||22.80|
|7||Emily Freeman||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||22.98|
|8||Eleni Artymata||Cyprus (CYP)||23.05|