2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 200 metres

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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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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]

Summary[edit]

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]

Records[edit]

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 standards[edit]

Entry standards[9]
20.50

Schedule[edit]

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)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

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

Semifinals[edit]

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

Final[edit]

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

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6 Usain Bolt  Jamaica (JAM) 19.55 WL
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Justin Gatlin  United States (USA) 19.74
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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

References[edit]

  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]