2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 200 metres

The men's 200 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 25, 26 and 27 August.[1][2]

Men's 200 metres
at the 2015 World Championships
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates25 August (heats)
26 August (semifinals)
27 August (final)
Competitors58 from 44 nations
Winning time19.55
Medalists
gold medal    Jamaica
silver medal    United States
bronze medal    South Africa
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SummaryEdit

At 16 years, 172 days old, Japanese Abdul Hakim Sani Brown became the youngest competitor ever for the men's 200 m.[3]

Coming into these championships, defending champion, world record holder, Olympic champion Usain Bolt had given no indication of being prepared to match the heights of his previous championships. His season best was only 20.13, but he was Usain Bolt, the star of the sport since 2008. Meanwhile, Justin Gatlin came in as the world leader with a personal best 19.57 to win the American Championships, backing up the 19.68 he had run at the Prefontaine Classic a month earlier. Bolt indicated he thought the 200 would be the easier of his championships to defend.

In the heats, Bolt was back in the pack with a 20.28, jogging the last 50 metres while Ramil Guliyev was setting his Turkish national record at 20.01. Gatlin led the semis with 19.87, Bolt ran a season best 19.95. Behind them were top qualifiers Alonso Edward and Anaso Jobodwana barely over 20 seconds.

The final started with the 100 meter specialist Gatlin blasting out of the blocks, but Bolt to his far outside was not far behind him relative to the staggered start.[4] It was clearly a two-man race. Coming off the turn, Bolt may have been slightly ahead but it was almost even, with Femi Ogunode next on the far inside. Behind them Jobodwana separated from the pack while Ogunode disappeared. Edward, the 2009 silver medalist and Jobodwana recorded the same finishing time (a national record for Jobodwana) but Jobodwana won the bronze medal by 2 thousandths of a second.[5]

Bolt's 19.55 winning time was the next slowest championship winning time of his career. Still only three other men have ever run faster.[6] This was Bolt's fourth straight World Championship at 200 metres.[7] At 29 years, 6 days old, Bolt became the oldest ever world champion for the men's 200 m. The same day, silver medallist Gatlin became the oldest medalist at the distance, at 33 years, 198 days.[3]

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[8]

World record   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
Championship record
World Leading   Justin Gatlin (USA) 19.57 Eugene, OR, United States 28 June 2015
African record   Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 19.68 Atlanta, GA, United States 1 August 1996
Asian record   Shingo Suetsugu (JPN) 20.03 Yokohama, Japan 7 June 2003
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
South American record   Alonso Edward (PAN) 19.81 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
European record   Pietro Mennea (ITA) 19.72A Mexico City, Mexico 12 September 1979
Oceanian record   Peter Norman (AUS) 20.06A Mexico City, Mexico 15 October 1968
The following records were established during the competition:
World leading   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.55 Beijing, China 27 August 2015

Qualification standardsEdit

Entry standards[9]
20.50

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
25 August 2015 19:30 Heats
26 August 2015 20:30 Semifinals
27 August 2015 20:55 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) advanced to the semifinals.[10]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey (TUR) 20.01 Q, NR
2 2 Alonso Edward   Panama (PAN) 20.11 Q
3 5 Zharnel Hughes   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20.13 Q
4 6 Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas   Greece (GRE) 20.14 Q
5 5 Julian Forte   Jamaica (JAM) 20.16 Q
6 5 Brendon Rodney   Canada (CAN) 20.18 Q, PB
7 4 Justin Gatlin   United States (USA) 20.19 Q
8 2 Churandy Martina   Netherlands (NED) 20.22 Q, SB
8 7 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa (RSA) 20.22 Q
10 5 Akani Simbine   South Africa (RSA) 20.23 q, PB
11 6 Warren Weir   Jamaica (JAM) 20.24 Q, SB
12 7 Femi Ogunode   Qatar (QAT) 20.25 Q
13 1 Kenji Fujimitsu   Japan (JPN) 20.28 Q
13 3 Usain Bolt   Jamaica (JAM) 20.28 Q
15 2 Christophe Lemaitre   France (FRA) 20.29 Q
15 3 Roberto Skyers   Cuba (CUB) 20.29 Q
17 5 Jeremy Dodson   Samoa (SAM) 20.31 q, NR
18 2 Kei Takase   Japan (JPN) 20.33 q
19 3 Yancarlos Martínez   Dominican Republic (DOM) 20.34 Q
20 4 Abdul Hakim Sani Brown   Japan (JPN) 20.35 Q
20 6 Daniel Talbot   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20.35 Q
22 1 Reynier Mena   Cuba (CUB) 20.37 Q
23 7 Miguel Francis   Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) 20.38 Q
24 1 Hua Wilfried Koffi   Ivory Coast (CIV) 20.39 SB
25 4 Nickel Ashmeade   Jamaica (JAM) 20.40 Q
26 2 Bruno de Barros   Brazil (BRA) 20.42
27 4 Carvin Nkanata   Kenya (KEN) 20.43
27 7 Aaron Brown   Canada (CAN) 20.43
29 4 Jeffrey John   France (FRA) 20.48
30 2 Tega Odele   Nigeria (NGR) 20.49
31 1 Mike Mokamba Nyang'au   Kenya (KEN) 20.51
31 3 Julian Reus   Germany (GER) 20.51
31 1 Isiah Young   United States (USA) 20.51
31 7 Kyle Greaux   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 20.51
35 3 Julius Morris   Montserrat (MNT) 20.56
36 7 Aldemir da Silva Junior   Brazil (BRA) 20.59
37 5 Serhiy Smelyk   Ukraine (UKR) 20.60
38 6 Robin Erewa   Germany (GER) 20.67
39 4 Antoine Adams   Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN) 20.75
40 6 Karol Zalewski   Poland (POL) 20.77
41 5 Sibusiso Matsenjwa   Swaziland (SWZ) 20.78 SB
42 6 Adama Jammeh   Gambia (GAM) 20.81 SB
43 3 Teray Smith   Bahamas (BAH) 20.91
44 5 Harold Houston   Bermuda (BER) 20.92
45 3 Sydney Siame   Zambia (ZAM) 21.08
46 2 Tatenda Tsumba   Zimbabwe (ZIM) 21.21
47 1 Mohammed Abukhousa   Palestine (PLE) 21.36 SB
48 6 Mosito Lehata   Lesotho (LES) 21.43
49 1 Liaquat Ali   Pakistan (PAK) 21.55
50 2 Luka Rakić   Montenegro (MNE) 21.86
51 4 Phearath Nget   Cambodia (CAM) 22.11
52 3 Mauriel Carty   Anguilla (AIA) 22.63 SB
53 4 Jerai Torres   Gibraltar (GIB) 22.77 SB
54 2 Beouch Ngirchongor   Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) 23.93 PB
7 Xie Zhenye   China (CHN) DQ 20.35
7 Alex Quiñónez   Ecuador (ECU) DQ
1 Ahmed Ali   Sudan (SUD) DQ
3 Rolando Palacios   Honduras (HON) DQ
4 Mohammad Hossein Abareghi   Iran (IRI) DNS
6 Wallace Spearmon   United States (USA) DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advanced to the final.[11]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Justin Gatlin   United States (USA) 19.87 Q
2 3 Usain Bolt   Jamaica (JAM) 19.95 Q, SB
3 3 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa (RSA) 20.01 Q, PB
4 2 Alonso Edward   Panama (PAN) 20.02 Q
5 2 Femi Ogunode   Qatar (QAT) 20.05 q, NR
6 3 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey (TUR) 20.10 q
7 1 Zharnel Hughes   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20.14 Q
7 3 Miguel Francis   Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) 20.14
9 1 Nickel Ashmeade   Jamaica (JAM) 20.19 Q
10 1 Churandy Martina   Netherlands (NED) 20.20 SB
11 1 Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas   Greece (GRE) 20.22
12 3 Roberto Skyers   Cuba (CUB) 20.23
13 3 Daniel Talbot   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20.27 PB
14 2 Yancarlos Martínez   Dominican Republic (DOM) 20.31
15 1 Christophe Lemaitre   France (FRA) 20.34
15 3 Kenji Fujimitsu   Japan (JPN) 20.34
17 1 Akani Simbine   South Africa (RSA) 20.37
18 1 Warren Weir   Jamaica (JAM) 20.43
19 1 Brendon Rodney   Canada (CAN) 20.46
20 2 Abdul Hakim Sani Brown   Japan (JPN) 20.47
21 2 Jeremy Dodson   Samoa (SAM) 20.53
22 2 Reynier Mena   Cuba (CUB) 20.56
23 2 Julian Forte   Jamaica (JAM) 20.57
24 3 Kei Takase   Japan (JPN) 20.64

FinalEdit

The final was held at 20:55.[12]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  6 Usain Bolt   Jamaica (JAM) 19.55 WL
  4 Justin Gatlin   United States (USA) 19.74
  7 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa (RSA) 19.87 NR
4 9 Alonso Edward   Panama (PAN) 19.87[13] SB
5 5 Zharnel Hughes   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20.02 PB
6 3 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey (TUR) 20.11
7 2 Femi Ogunode   Qatar (QAT) 20.27
8 8 Nickel Ashmeade   Jamaica (JAM) 20.33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ a b "World Championship Statistics Handbook" (Press release). IAAF. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin in World Championships 200m final". BBC Sport. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin again to win 200m world championship gold". Guardian. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Usain Bolt destroys Justin Gatlin in 200m final: as it happened". Daily Telegraph. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Only Man Who Can Topple Usain Bolt: A Photographer on a Scooter". New York Times. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Records & Lists – 200 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  9. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 17 August 2015
  10. ^ Heats results
  11. ^ Semifinals results
  12. ^ Final results
  13. ^ Obodwana and Edward were awarded the same time, but Jobodwana was faster by 2 milliseconds – 19.861 versus 19.863 [1]