Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

The men's 200 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 7–9 August.[1]

Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date7–9 August
Competitors55 from 41 nations
Winning time19.32
1st place, gold medalist(s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Yohan Blake  Jamaica
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Warren Weir  Jamaica
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The semi-final round showed all three Jamaican athletes were the class of the field. In heat one, Yohan Blake had a huge lead and relaxed down the straightaway, almost too much as Wallace Spearmon and Christophe Lemaitre raced to the line behind him in the fastest heat of the day. Usain Bolt dominated the second heat, jogging and looking around for non-existent challengers down the straight. And in heat three, Warren Weir was running easily, easing up at the finish to let Churandy Martina take the first spot, knowing he had qualified in the second position. Slowest qualifier Álex Quiñónez, racing hard for his 20.37, was on the opposite side of a clear dividing line in the field.

In the final, Bolt, who was in lane 7, moved past his Jamaican teammate Weir after only 50 metres; coming off the bend and onto the final 100-metre straight, Bolt's lead over the rest of the field had grown to several metres, however Blake began to pull him back. Due to the lead he had built in the first 120 meters, it was Bolt who crossed the line first in a time of 19.32, already easing off before the line. In doing so, he became the first man in history to do the "double double" – winning both the 100 and 200 metres twice, back to back (he would later break this record by winning the 4 × 100 m relay and completing the Double Triple, at the same Olympics). Blake took the silver medal, as he had done in the 100 metres final, again behind Bolt. His time was the fastest ever time to not win a gold medal. Weir completed the 1–2–3 sweep for the Jamaicans by winning the bronze medal, the second time in any international competition that Jamaica has achieved this (after the women did it in the 2008 100 metres).[2]

Bolt's time of 19.32 was coincidentally the time he had beaten when he first broke the 200 metres world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics 200 metres.[3]

The final was only the third time since 1928 (the others being the 1980 Olympics in Moscow which they boycotted, and also the 2000 Olympics in Sydney) that the United States failed to win a medal in the men's 200 metres, Wallace Spearmon finishing fourth with a time of 19.90, 0.06 seconds outside of a medal placing.

Competition formatEdit

The Men's 200m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[4] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semifinals. A total of eight competitors qualified for the Final from the Semifinals.[4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World Record   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
Olympic Record 19.30 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
2012 World Leading   Yohan Blake (JAM) 19.80 Kingston, Jamaica 1 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.32 London, United Kingdom 9 August 2012

The following new National records were set during the competition.

Swaziland national record   Sibusiso Matsenjwa (SWZ) 20.93 s
Ecuador national record   Álex Quiñónez (ECU) 20.28 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 11:50 Round 1
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 20:10 Semifinals
Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:55 Finals


Round 1Edit

[5]Q = qualified by place; q = qualified by time; WR = world record; OR = Olympic record; WL = world leading; NR = national record; PB = personal best; SB = season best

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Usain Bolt after his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 20.39 Q
2 Aldemir da Silva Junior   Brazil 20.53 Q
3 Isiah Young   United States 20.55 Q
4 Alex Wilson   Switzerland 20.57 q
5 Noah Akwu   Nigeria 20.67
6 Michael Herrera   Cuba 21.05
7 Vyacheslav Muravyev   Kazakhstan 21.75
8 Jidou El Moctar   Mauritania 22.94 PB

Heat 2Edit

Christophe Lemaitre before his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Christophe Lemaitre   France 20.34 Q
2 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa 20.46 Q
3 Aaron Brown   Canada 20.55 Q, PB
4 Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsákonas   Greece 20.56 q
5 Rondel Sorrillo   Trinidad and Tobago 20.76
6 Carlos Jorge   Dominican Republic 21.02
7 Cristián Reyes   Chile 21.29
8 Ibrahim Turay   Sierra Leone 21.90 PB

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Maurice Mitchell   United States 20.54 Q
2 Christian Malcolm   Great Britain 20.59 Q
3 Michael Mathieu   Bahamas 20.62 Q
4 Roberto Skyers   Cuba 20.66
5 Shota Iizuka   Japan 20.81
6 Sibusiso Matsenjwa   Swaziland 20.93 NR
7 José Carlos Herrera   Mexico 21.17
8 Joel Redhead   Grenada 21.22

Heat 4Edit

Yohan Blake starts his heat
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 20.38 Q
2 Bruno de Barros   Brazil 20.52 Q
3 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure   Norway 20.52 Q
4 Serhiy Smelyk   Ukraine 20.65
5 Paul Hession   Ireland 20.69
6 Xie Zhenye   China 20.69
7 Mosito Lehata   Lesotho 20.74

Heat 5Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Warren Weir   Jamaica 20.29 Q
2 Antoine Adams   Saint Kitts and Nevis 20.59 Q
3 Kamil Krynski   Poland 20.66 Q
4 Pavel Maslák   Czech Republic 20.67
5 Tremaine Harris   Canada 20.70
6 Marek Niit   Estonia 20.82
7 Reto Schenkel   Switzerland 20.98
N/A Alonso Edward   Panama DQ R 162.7

Heat 6Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Álex Quiñónez   Ecuador 20.28 Q, NR
2 Wallace Spearmon   United States 20.47 Q
3 Shinji Takahira   Japan 20.57 Q
4 Brendan Christian   Antigua and Barbuda 20.63 q, SB
5 Jonathan Åstrand   Finland 20.73 SB
6 Aziz Ouhadi   Morocco 20.80
7 Sandro Viana   Brazil 21.05
N/A Ben Youssef Meité   Ivory Coast DNS

Heat 7Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 20.58 Q
2 Kei Takase   Japan 20.72 Q
3 Jared Connaughton   Canada 20.72 Q
4 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud   Egypt 20.81
5 Arnaldo Abrantes   Portugal 20.88
6 James Ellington   Great Britain 21.23
7 Trevorvano Mackey   Bahamas 21.28
8 Jean-Yves Esparon   Seychelles 21.99



Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 20.01 Q
2 Wallace Spearmon   United States 20.02 Q
3 Christophe Lemaitre   France 20.03 q
4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure   Norway 20.42
5 Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsákonas   Greece 20.52 PB
6 Bruno de Barros   Brazil 20.55
7 Jared Connaughton   Canada 20.64
8 Kei Takase   Japan 20.70

Heat 2Edit

The start of the second semi-final
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 20.18 Q
2 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa 20.27 Q, PB
3 Álex Quiñónez   Ecuador 20.37 q
4 Aaron Brown   Canada 20.42 PB
5 Aldemir da Silva Junior   Brazil 20.63
6 Kamil Krynski   Poland 20.83
7 Alex Wilson   Switzerland 20.85
8 Isiah Young   United States 20.89

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 20.17 Q
2 Warren Weir   Jamaica 20.28 Q
3 Christian Malcolm   Great Britain 20.51
4 Maurice Mitchell   United States 20.56
5 Brendan Christian   Antigua and Barbuda 20.58 SB
6 Shinji Takahira   Japan 20.77
N/A Antoine Adams   Saint Kitts and Nevis DQ R 163.3a
N/A Michael Mathieu   Bahamas DQ R 162.7


Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
  7 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 19.32 WL, SB
  4 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 19.44 SB
  8 Warren Weir   Jamaica 19.84 PB
4 6 Wallace Spearmon   United States 19.90 SB
5 5 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 20.00
6 2 Christophe Lemaitre   France 20.19
7 3 Álex Quiñónez   Ecuador 20.57
8 9 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa 20.69
Wind: +0.4 m/s


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Bolt Is First to Repeat as Winner of 100 and 200 Meters". New York Times. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Usain Bolt wins 200m to make Olympic athletics history". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-12. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Men's 200m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's 200m results". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
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