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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

The men's 200 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 16–18 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Usain Bolt and LaShawn Merritt at finish
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates16 August 2016
(Preliminary round & heats)
17 August 2016
(semi-final)
18 August 2016
(final)
Competitors79 from 49 nations
Winning time19.78 s
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Andre de Grasse  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Christophe Lemaitre  France
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SummaryEdit

 
Bolt kisses the finish line after winning
 
Bolt doing the lightning bolt

2012 Olympic champion and 2015 World Champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, is unbeaten over 200 m since 2007. Bolt had only competed once over 200 m in 2016 before the Olympics, recording a time of 19.89 seconds, fifth in the world in 2016. The US team entries were the three fastest that season in 400 metres specialist LaShawn Merritt, 2015 World runner-up and American champion Justin Gatlin and Ameer Webb. The Canadian team was Brendon Rodney, Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse. Bolt's training partner Miguel Francis and Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were the other athletes to have run under 20 seconds that season. The Jamaican team also featured 2012 Olympic runner-up Yohan Blake.[2][3]

In the semi-final round, #1 of the year. LaShawn Merritt cruised to an easy win in the first, with Christophe Lemaitre second. The second semi saw Usain Bolt run 19.78, in the last few metres Andre De Grasse rushed up to Bolt's shoulder, the two friends looking at each other and laughing as they crossed the line. Bolt's time was his fastest the year and De Grasse set a new Canadian record of 19.80 seconds. As Bud Winter the sprint coach who influenced Glen Mills, Bolt's coach, would say; "Relax and win."[4] Both the time qualifiers Adam Gemili and Ramil Guliyev both came from this fastest of the three semi final heats. #3 of the year, Ameer Webb was left behind. In the third semi, Alonso Edward and Churandy Martina qualified in 1st and 2nd place. World #2 in 2016 Justin Gatlin held the lead with 50 metres to go but he did not keep up his speed sufficiently. Alonso Edward as he pulled ahead of Gatlin and on the far outside, Churandy Martina closed fast to take the second qualifying position. Gatlin failed to reach the final. 2012 silver medallist and number #2 runner of all time, Yohan Blake finished sixth.

The final was held following a light rainstorm that affected the women's javelin throw. The track was still wet and conditions cooler. Still the stadium was electric to see lightning, the star Usain Bolt in what was expected to be his last individual race in the Olympics. Bolt was in lane 6, playing to the camera and to the crowd before the race. Lemaitre and Martina were to his outside. Bolt got a good start and quickly made up the stagger on Lemaitre then Martina barely halfway through the turn. Inside of him, DeGrasse got out well in lane 4 while Merritt lagged in 5. As the stagger began to resolve near the end of the turn, Bolt held a two-metre lead over a wall of chasers.[5] Martina held a slight edge on DeGrasse and Edward inside of him in lane 3 who were barely ahead of Merritt and Gemili, with Lemaitre slightly behind. Bolt was 9.9 at the half way mark. Down the home stretch, Bolt was working hard, his face showing the strain. Behind him, DeGrasse was starting to separate from the row of contenders. Only Guliyev was beaten. As they approached the finish Edwards and Merritt faded. Bolt had a 3-metre gap over DeGrasse, another metre and a half back, Lemaitre, Gemili, and Martina hit the finish line together. The photo finish revealed Lemaitre to be the bronze medalist, with only six thousandths of a second separating the three runners.[6]

Bolt's winning time equalled his time from the semi-final he was joking around in. DeGrasse and most of the field was more than 2 tenths of a second slower than the night before.

After the race, Bolt celebrated his last individual victory, kissing the finish line and doing the lightning bolt.

In the victory ceremony, the medals for the competition were presented by Sir Philip Craven, Great Britain, member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the International Paralympic Committee, and the gifts were presented by Adille Sumariwalla, Council Member of the IAAF.

RecordsEdit

Before this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19 Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
Olympic record   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
Area Time (s) Wind Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 19.68 +0.4 Frank Fredericks   Namibia
Asia (records) 19.97 −0.4 Femi Ogunode   Qatar
Europe (records) 19.72[A] +1.8 Pietro Mennea   Italy
North, Central America
and Caribbean
(records)
19.19 WR −0.3 Usain Bolt   Jamaica
Oceania (records) 20.06[A] +0.9 Peter Norman   Australia
South America (records) 19.81 −0.3 Alonso Edward   Panama

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Spain   Bruno Hortelano (ESP) Heats 20.12 s
Bahrain   Salem Eid Yaqoob (BRN) Heats 20.19 s
Liberia   Emmanuel Matadi (LBR) Heats 20.49 s
Swaziland   Sibusiso Matsenjwa (SWZ) Heats 20.63 s
Costa Rica   Nery Brenes (CRC) Semifinals 20.20 s
Canada   Andre de Grasse (CAN) Semifinals 19.80 s

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:50 Round 1
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 22:00 Semifinals
Thursday, 18 August 2016 22:30 Finals

FormatEdit

The competition featured three rounds: a round one heats stage with ten races, three semi-final races, and a single final. Each race featured eight athletes. The top two from each heat and the four fastest non-qualifiers progress to the semi-final. The top two finishers in each of the three semi-finals reach the final, alongside the two fastest non-qualifiers.

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification rules: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Alonso Edward   Panama 0.137 20.19 Q
2 2 Daniel Talbot   Great Britain 0.143 20.27 Q, PB
3 8 Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas   Greece 0.161 20.31 q, SB
4 7 Femi Ogunode   Qatar 0.167 20.36
5 3 Jeremy Dodson   Samoa 0.144 20.51
6 4 Jak Ali Harvey   Turkey 0.139 20.58 SB
7 5 Mosito Lehata   Lesotho 0.162 20.65 SB
1 Demetrius Pinder   Bahamas N/A DQ R 162.7
Wind: +0.7 m/s

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1 8 Bruno Hortelano   Spain 0.161 20.12 Q, NR
2 6 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 0.166 20.13 Q, SB
3 4 Ameer Webb   United States 0.157 20.31 q
4 3 Anaso Jobodwana   South Africa 0.175 20.53
5 7 Robin Erewa   Germany 0.197 20.61
6 2 Emmanuel Dasor   Ghana 0.164 20.65
7 5 Shavez Hart   Bahamas 0.151 20.74 SB
8 1 Bernardo Baloyes   Colombia 0.200 20.78
Wind: −0.2 m/s

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Salem Eid Yaqoob   Bahrain 0.167 20.19 Q, NR
2 6 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey 0.148 20.23 Q, SB
3 2 Aaron Brown   Canada 0.127 20.23 q
4 3 Shōta Iizuka   Japan 0.163 20.49
5 8 Emmanuel Matadi   Liberia 0.219 20.49 NR
6 4 Sibusiso Matsenjwa   Swaziland 0.196 20.63 NR
7 7 Levi Cadogan   Barbados 0.186 21.02
8 1 Tega Odele   Nigeria 0.130 21.25
Wind: +0.3 m/s

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 3 José Carlos Herrera   Mexico 0.143 20.29 Q
2 8 Roberto Skyers   Cuba 0.149 20.44 Q
3 6 Jorge Vides   Brazil 0.176 20.50
4 4 Tlotliso Leotlela   South Africa 0.161 20.59
5 1 Eseosa Desalu   Italy 0.130 20.65
6 7 Teray Smith   Bahamas 0.175 20.66
7 2 Didier Kiki   Benin 0.152 22.27
5 Miguel Francis   Antigua and Barbuda N/A DNS
Wind: 0.0 m/s

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Justin Gatlin   United States 0.154 20.42 Q
2 6 Matteo Galvan   Italy 0.171 20.58 Q
3 5 Ramon Gittens   Barbados 0.144 20.58
4 2 Serhiy Smelyk   Ukraine 0.182 20.66
5 7 Aleixo-Platini Menga   Germany 0.136 20.80
6 8 Kenji Fujimitsu   Japan 0.159 20.86
7 3 Yancarlos Martínez   Dominican Republic 0.132 20.97
Wind: –1.5 m/s

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Nickel Ashmeade   Jamaica 0.124 20.15 Q
2 2 Adam Gemili   Great Britain 0.153 20.20 Q
3 8 Clarence Munyai   South Africa 0.148 20.66
4 4 Burkheart Ellis   Barbados 0.186 20.74
5 1 Alex Hartmann   Australia 0.169 21.02
6 7 Tatenda Tsumba   Zimbabwe 0.159 21.04
7 6 Rolando Palacios   Honduras 0.187 21.32
8 3 Theo Piniau   Papua New Guinea 0.175 22.14
Wind: +0.4 m/s

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 8 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 0.178 20.20 Q, NR
2 3 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 0.150 20.29 Q
3 4 Brendon Rodney   Canada 0.169 20.34
4 6 Davide Manenti   Italy 0.145 20.51
5 7 Adama Jammeh   The Gambia 0.182 20.55
6 5 Harold Houston   Bermuda 0.117 20.85
7 1 Fabrice Dabla   Togo 0.156 21.63
2 Mike Mokamba Nyang'au   Kenya N/A DNS
Wind: +0.2 m/s

Heat 8Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 3 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.162 20.15 Q
2 2 Christophe Lemaitre   France 0.171 20.28 Q
3 4 Julian Reus   Germany 0.138 20.39 SB
4 7 Reynier Mena   Cuba 0.123 20.42
5 8 Karol Zalewski   Poland 0.151 20.54
6 6 Bruno de Barros   Brazil 0.154 20.59
7 5 Ihor Bodrov   Ukraine 0.180 20.86
8 1 Carvin Nkanata   Kenya 0.213 21.43
Wind: +0.4 m/s

Heat 9Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 0.177 20.28 Q
2 8 Ejowvokoghene Oduduru   Nigeria 0.141 20.34 Q, PB
3 3 Solomon Bockarie   Netherlands 0.136 20.42 SB
4 7 Kyle Greaux   Trinidad and Tobago 0.147 20.61 SB
5 4 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 0.162 20.64
6 2 Kei Takase   Japan 0.153 20.71
7 1 Ahmed Ali   Sudan 0.153 20.78
6 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure   Norway 0.150
Wind: +0.6 m/s

Heat 10Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Andre De Grasse   Canada 0.137 20.09 Q, SB
2 1 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake   Great Britain 0.146 20.24 Q
3 7 Rondel Sorrillo   Trinidad and Tobago 0.124 20.27 q, SB
4 8 Hua Wilfried Koffi   Ivory Coast 0.159 20.48 SB
5 6 Antoine Adams   Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.141 20.49
6 3 Stanly del Carmen   Dominican Republic 0.133 20.55
7 2 Aldemir da Silva Júnior   Brazil 0.144 20.80
8 4 Brandon Jones   Belize 0.160 21.49 SB
Wind: +1.0 m/s

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rules: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.166 19.94 Q
2 8 Christophe Lemaitre   France 0.125 20.01 Q, SB
3 7 Daniel Talbot   Great Britain 0.153 20.25 PB
4 4 Nickel Ashmeade   Jamaica 0.134 20.31
5 1 Rondel Sorrillo   Trinidad and Tobago 0.132 20.33
6 3 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 0.165 20.33
7 2 Aaron Brown   Canada 0.173 20.37
8 5 José Carlos Herrera   Mexico 0.150 20.48
Wind: −0.4 m/s

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 0.156 19.78 Q, SB
2 5 Andre De Grasse   Canada 0.130 19.80 Q, NR
3 6 Adam Gemili   Great Britain 0.142 20.08 q
4 8 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey 0.157 20.09 q, SB
5 2 Ameer Webb   United States 0.192 20.43
5 3 Salem Eid Yaqoob   Bahrain 0.143 20.43
7 7 Ejowvokoghene Oduduru   Nigeria 0.147 20.59
8 1 Roberto Skyers   Cuba 0.156 20.60
Wind: −0.3 m/s

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Alonso Edward   Panama 0.140 20.07 Q
2 8 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 0.147 20.10 Q, SB
3 2 Justin Gatlin   United States 0.137 20.13
4 4 Bruno Hortelano   Spain 0.142 20.16
5 7 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake   Great Britain 0.196 20.25
6 6 Yohan Blake   Jamaica 0.151 20.37
7 1 Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas   Greece 0.159 20.63
8 3 Matteo Galvan   Italy 0.149 20.88
Wind: −0.2 m/s

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
  6 Usain Bolt   Jamaica 0.156 19.78 SB
  4 Andre De Grasse   Canada 0.141 20.02
  7 Christophe Lemaitre   France 0.153 20.12 .116
4 2 Adam Gemili   Great Britain 0.178 20.12 .119
5 8 Churandy Martina   Netherlands 0.148 20.13 .122[7]
6 5 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.189 20.19
7 3 Alonso Edward   Panama 0.162 20.23
8 1 Ramil Guliyev   Turkey 0.141 20.43
Wind: −0.5 m/s

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 200m". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (2016-08-10). Preview: men's 200m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  3. ^ Senior outdoor 2016 200 Metres men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  4. ^ "Blog Archives". Locomotivation.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt wins 200m gold, his eighth Olympic gold". BBC Sport. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Usain Bolt's dominant victory in Rio 200m final makes it eight Olympic gold". Guardian. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Christophe Lemaitre and Adam Gemili in photo finish for bronze medal in Rio Olympics' 200m".