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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 200m



Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 4 & 8 fastest to second round) (Aug 28)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007 Format: Second round (First 4 to semi-finals) (Aug 28)
Nations participating: 200 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 29)
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
The first round saw 16 men run quicker than 20.50 headed by the surprising Goúsis, who cut his lifetime best by more than three tenths to 20.11. Gay showed power in the second round, zipping to a 20.08 ahead of Anderson, while Bolt duplicated his teammate’s time of 20.13 in winning his heat. Bolt and Gay were the semi-final winners, with Spearmon and Anderson the athletes looking most likely to threaten the two favourites. In the final, Bolt took an early lead over Gay (5.69 to 5.74 at 50m), but Gay had caught his tall (1.96m) rival by 100m, and he accelerated powerfully in the straight, passing 150m in 14.75 and gradually extending his lead to the finish. His time of 19.76 beat Michael Johnson’s championship record, while Bolt easily held off fast-finishing Spearmon who pipped Martin for the bronze.
 These are the official results of the men's 200 metres event at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan. There were a total number of 49 participating athletes, with six qualifying heats and the final held on Thursday August 30. This event is notable for being one of the two solo World Championship events in which Usain Bolt has been beaten as of July 2017, the other event being men's 200 metres in 2005 World Championships.


Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32 Atlanta, United States August 1, 1996
Championship Record  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.79 Gothenburg, Sweden August 11, 1995
  200m 30 August -0.8

Event report: Men’s 200m Final

Tyson Gay became the third man to do the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships when he took the 200m tonight in a championship record 19.76sec.

Maurice Greene and Justin Gatlin, both Americans, are the only other two to achieve the feat before him.

Gay’s time erases the championship record set by fellow American Michael Johnson in Gothenburg in 1995 by 0.03.

After becoming the world’s best combination sprinter, following his 9.84/19.62 at the US trials, Gay now went a step further by adding both World titles to his portfolio, following his 9.85 victory in the 100m here.

Winning the silver medal was the tall Jamaican, Usain Bolt, with American No2, Wallace Spearmon in bronze, adding to his silver from Helsinki

Bolt, for his part, emulated compatriot Christopher Williams, who also captured silver in 2001.

“Oh, it feels so great,” said the double champion. “But I am still tired. Maurice Greene is one of my idols and I am proud to do the double like him.
“Usain Bolt came out so fast and I had to work hard to catch him. I should be thankful to him to make this such a fast race."

Gay explained that he had had a tight hamstring since before the semi-finals but, "I stayed relaxed and kept pumping. I felt the twinge in the warm-up, but during the race it was fine.

"I have two golds and I want the third in relay.

"I beat the meet record of Michael Johnson and that is great feeling because he is also one of my idols. I believe it is possible to beat his world record, but I have to build up more strength. I knew that in the final I would have to run a 19.60-19.70 time.”

Bolt said: “I tried hard, but for the moment he is unbeatable.

“I m proud of myself to get the silver for Jamaica. Hey, I'm one of the best in the world, that is not small.
“I had a good start, good first 100, then I was really trying hard, but he was better. It gives me a lot of motivation to work even harder for next season to be able to beat him.”

Spearmon, with a minor medal for the second championships, was less effusive. “I had a bad start, almost fell in the first couple of steps,” he said. “Tyson ran a great race. Usain ran a great race. Congrats to them. I should be happy to get a medal, but I'm not. My goal was to win.”

Though not in his favourite lane, six or seven, Bolt employed his tactic from lane five of blitzing the bend to subdue the opposition.

Its effectiveness could be judged by the way he ate up the stagger with Spearmon on his outside. By the time half the straight was run, he was level with the second American and threatening to run away with the title.

But Gay had one advantage, though. On the Jamaican’s inside, he could match every move his rival made and, by the time they approached the straight, the 100m World champion was up on Bolt and establishing an advantage.

Looking more relaxed than in the shorter sprint, Gay gradually extended his lead to more than a metre, with Bolt blowing hard and rocking from side to side as he urged his long frame forward.

The Jamaican was well clear in second though, as behind him Spearmon left himself with too much to do and though he came with his customary charge, it was only to retrieve bronze from compatriot, Rodney Martin, who was rewarded with a PB 20.06, just 0.01 away from a medal.
Osaka 2007 News Team/mb 
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 19.76
2 Usain Bolt JAM 21 Aug 86 19.91
3 Wallace Spearmon USA 24 Dec 84 20.05
4 Rodney Martin USA 22 Dec 82 20.06
5 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 20.28
6 Marvin Anderson JAM 12 May 82 20.28
7 Chris Williams JAM 15 Mar 72 20.57
8 Anastasios Gousis GRE 7 Jul 79 20.75
  Semifinals 29 August

Event report: Men’s 200m Semi-Finals

“I needed a little bit more work on that than in the second round, but I used the same concept. To start fast and then control the race. For me the best lane in the finals will be six or seven.”

Words spoken by Usain Bolt after taking the first semi in 20.03.

For such a big man, Bolt gets away fast. Though on paper the stats say he is one of the slowest starters, it certainly does not look that way to the human eye.

Running in one of his favourite lanes, six, Bolt was up on medal candidate Wallace Spearmon (USA) by the end of the bend and going away.

As they entered the straight, Spearmon had his usual relaxed start and was in sixth position, but then started his trademark charge for the line, making up ground alarmingly.

Up front, Bolt was away and clear and shutting down, knowing he was safe, apart from a loose lace on his left foot that was in danger of tripping him up. That's something he needs to sort out for the final.

Spearmon was also content to cruise the last 50m, giving nothing away about his real ability on the Osaka track. After 19.82 this year and a PB of 19.65 there is clearly more to come.

American number three, Rodney Martin, qualified in third in a season’s best 20.18 while the Netherland’s Antilles Churandy Martina recorded new national figures of 20.20 to clinch the last final spot in this semi.

Starting in lane five in the second semi, gold medal favourite Tyson Gay, also set out to establish a winning lead by the time he entered the straight.

On his outside, however, Jamaica’s Marvin Anderson was giving a good impression of matching Gay stride for stride.

Gay ran a controlled second 100m to cross the line in 20.00 to marginally upstage Bolt’s time by 0.03.

Meanwhile, behind him, Anderson was having the race of his life and was rewarded with a PB 20.06. 

“This race felt a lot better than the quarter final,” said Gay. “My hamstring was popping then. Now my hamstring feels a little better.”

Jamaican Christopher Williams and Greece’s Anastasios Gousis were the final qualifiers for the final.

Osaka 2007 New Team/mb

  Heat 1 -0.4
1 Usain Bolt JAM 21 Aug 86 20.03 Q
2 Wallace Spearmon USA 24 Dec 84 20.05 Q
3 Rodney Martin USA 22 Dec 82 20.18 Q
4 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 20.20 Q
5 Francis Obikwelu POR 22 Nov 78 20.40
6 Brian Dzingai ZIM 29 Apr 81 20.45
7 Marcin Jedrusinski POL 28 Aug 81 20.54
8 Brian Barnett CAN 10 Feb 87 20.68
  Heat 2 -0.4
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 20.00 Q
2 Marvin Anderson JAM 12 May 82 20.06 Q
3 Chris Williams JAM 15 Mar 72 20.24 Q
4 Anastasios Gousis GRE 7 Jul 79 20.33 Q
5 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 20.36
6 Paul Hession IRL 27 Jan 83 20.50
7 Kristof Beyens BEL 13 Jul 83 20.53
8 Patrick Johnson AUS 26 Sep 72 20.73
  Quarterfinals 28 August

Event report: Men’s 200m 2nd Round Two

Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt gave a foretaste of the treats in store as both men dominated their heats and, each in their inimitable ways, set the fastest times of the round.

While Bolt appeared more interested in what was going around him, the World 100m champion was a picture of concentration apart from one glance as he entered the straight.

Bolt on the other hand looked around no fewer than 15 times, 14 of those at US number two Wallace Spearmon to his left and once to his right.

The Jamaican’s final 50m were no more than a trot and though he clocked 20.13 to Gay’s 20.08, both men had plenty in reserve.

The third medal candidate, Spearmon, was equally relaxed, setting the fifth fastest time of the round, but with plenty in reserve.

Third in the US trials, Rodney Martin won the first heat in 20.25. Brendan Christian of the Antilles ran a great bend, but in the outside lane Zimbabean Brian Dzingai led into the straight.

Martin hauled him in, relaxing as he crossed the line. Dzingai was rewarded with a season’s best 20.28.

Christian was third while Jamaica’s 2001 World silver medallist, Christopher Williams, claimed the fourth qualifying spot.

In heat 2, Bolt unfurled his long 1.96m-frame out of the blocks and the race was over. Aided by being drawn in lane seven, he entered the straight well up on 2005 silver medallist Wallace Spearmon who was chewing on his necklace in much the same way the Jamaican used to.

The American was clear in second with Churandy Martin (AHO) and Canada’s Bryan Barnett going also going through.

Also drawn in lane seven, Gay’s riposte in heat 3 was 20.08. Running a more controlled race, he only looked round once.

Inside him Jamaica’s Marvin Anderson set a PB20.13, an improvement of 0.17 over his best coming into these championships.

Francis Obikwelu of Portugal set a season’s best of 20.38 in third while Marcin Jedrusinksi also made it into the semis.

Ireland’s Paul Hession won heat four in 20.50, the slowest time of the four heats. Second was Greece’s Anastasios Gousis, who had reduced his PB by 0.32 in the morning round.

Kristof Beyens (BEL) and Australia’s Patrick Johnson will make up the last 16.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

  Heat 1 0.3
1 Rodney Martin USA 22 Dec 82 20.25 Q
2 Brian Dzingai ZIM 29 Apr 81 20.28 Q
3 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 20.36 Q
4 Chris Williams JAM 15 Mar 72 20.40 Q
5 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 20.65
6 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud EGY 10 Jun 86 20.72
7 Shinji Takahira JPN 18 Jul 84 20.77
8 James Dolphin NZL 17 Jun 83 20.80
  Heat 2 -0.3
1 Usain Bolt JAM 21 Aug 86 20.13 Q
2 Wallace Spearmon USA 24 Dec 84 20.26 Q
3 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 20.39 Q
4 Brian Barnett CAN 10 Feb 87 20.41 Q
5 Visa Hongisto FIN 9 Apr 87 20.78
6 Tomoya Kamiyama JPN 21 Feb 88 20.89
7 Basilio de Moraes BRA 11 May 82 21.07
8 Jacobi Mitchell BAH 4 Jan 86 21.17
  Heat 3 0.9
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 20.08 Q
2 Marvin Anderson JAM 12 May 82 20.13 Q
3 Francis Obikwelu POR 22 Nov 78 20.38 Q
4 Marcin Jedrusinski POL 28 Aug 81 20.53 Q
5 Sandro Viana BRA 26 Mar 77 20.68
6 Shingo Suetsugu JPN 2 Jun 80 20.70
7 Marco Cribari SUI 7 Jul 85 20.86
8 Guus Hoogmoed NED 27 Sep 81 21.32
  Heat 4 0.6
1 Paul Hession IRL 27 Jan 83 20.50 Q
2 Anastasios Gousis GRE 7 Jul 79 20.51 Q
3 Kristof Beyens BEL 13 Jul 83 20.52 Q
4 Patrick Johnson AUS 26 Sep 72 20.62 Q
5 Arnaldo Abrantes POR 27 Nov 86 20.82
6 Ivan Teplykh RUS 8 Feb 85 20.98
7 Marc Schneeberger SUI 5 Jul 81 21.09
8 Franklin Nazareno ECU 24 Apr 87 21.50
  Heats 28 August

Event report: Men's 200m 1st Round

One down, one to go. Tyson Gay returned to the Nagai Stadium this morning 36 hours after winning the 100m title for stage two of the desired sprint double.

Understandably keen to preserve his energy after the strains of Sunday night, Gay began his campaign at his favoured event, with a relaxed run, just the easy introduction to the half-lap contest he was looking for.

Slow out of blocks, Gay made up ground in the straight, edged ahead of his opponents with 50m to go, and looked left and right from 30m out. Slowing to the line, he crossed first, 0.01 ahead of 100m finallist Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles and the South American champion Sandro Viana of Brazil.

Gay finished an agonising fourth in Helsinki two years ago behind three US teammates but anything less than first here would be a disappointment for the Kentucky flier.

Gay’s training partner Wallace Spearmon looks the man most likely to get in the way. The silver medallist last time, Spearmon was perhaps most comfortable of the qualifiers, looking silky smooth as he jogged over the line third in the last of the six heats, won by Belgium’s Kristof Beyens. Spearmon clocked 20.43 behind Jamaica’s Marvin Anderson.

United States versus Jamaica has been the theme of the sprints so far, one set to continue with world junior record holder Usain Bolt Gay and Spearmon’s main threat. The tall Jamaican was quickest of the trio in the first round with a comfortable run in heat 4.

Bolt finished second in 20.12, easing down to give Anastasios Gousis the honour of crossing the line first with the fastest time of the round, 20.11, his best by more than a third of a second. The Greek was easing down too! Brendan Christian smashed the Antiguan national record with 20.23 in third.

The small but enthusiastic crowd was roused from its morning slumber by three Japanaese qualifiers. The host nation’s Shinji Takahira won the first heat in 20.83, Asian record holder Shingo Suetsugu qualified comfortably from the third, finishing second in 20.47, and the World Student Games medallist Tomoya Kamiyama took fourth in heat five with 20.78.

There were no major casualties for the half lappers. European champion Francis Obikwelu qualified quietly in heat six. After a disastrous DQ in the 100m the Portuguese man made no mistakes this time round, finishing fourth in 20.61.

It was a good morning for the middle east as Khalil Al-Hanahneh and Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud set national records for Jordan and Egypt, respectively, Seoud’s new mark seeing him into the second round.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb

  Heat 1 0.2
1 Shinji Takahira JPN 18 Jul 84 20.83 Q
2 Chris Williams JAM 15 Mar 72 20.88 Q
3 Basilio de Moraes BRA 11 May 82 21.09 Q
4 Franklin Nazareno ECU 24 Apr 87 21.18 Q
5 Juan Pedro Toledo MEX 17 Jun 78 21.31
6 Ruslan Abbasov AZE 24 Jun 86 21.33
7 Morne Nagel RSA 23 Feb 78 21.35
8 Harmon Harmon COK 15 May 80 23.78
  Heat 2 0.2
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 20.46 Q
2 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 20.47 Q
3 Sandro Viana BRA 26 Mar 77 20.47 Q
4 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 20.51 Q
5 Visa Hongisto FIN 9 Apr 87 20.56 q
6 James Dolphin NZL 17 Jun 83 20.65 q
7 Marco Cribari SUI 7 Jul 85 20.71 q
8 Mphelave Dlamini SWZ 21 Feb 71 21.96
9 Amaroy Marino PLW 3 Aug 89 23.34
  Heat 3 0.2
1 Brian Barnett CAN 10 Feb 87 20.31 Q
2 Shingo Suetsugu JPN 2 Jun 80 20.47 Q
3 Patrick Johnson AUS 26 Sep 72 20.48 Q
4 Brian Dzingai ZIM 29 Apr 81 20.50 Q
5 Guus Hoogmoed NED 27 Sep 81 20.57 q
6 Seth Amoo GHA 20 Mar 83 20.85
7 Tang Yik Chun HKG 23 Jun 86 21.72
8 Sittichai Suwonprateep THA 17 Nov 80 21.87
  Heat 4 0,0
1 Anastasios Gousis GRE 7 Jul 79 20.11 Q
2 Usain Bolt JAM 21 Aug 86 20.12 Q
3 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 20.23 Q
4 Marcin Jedrusinski POL 28 Aug 81 20.31 Q
5 Arnaldo Abrantes POR 27 Nov 86 20.48 q
6 Jacobi Mitchell BAH 4 Jan 86 20.81 q
7 Ivan Teplykh RUS 8 Feb 85 20.81 q
8 Michael Alicto GUM 28 Aug 82 22.45
  Heat 5 0.7
1 Rodney Martin USA 22 Dec 82 20.44 Q
2 Paul Hession IRL 27 Jan 83 20.46 Q
3 Marc Schneeberger SUI 5 Jul 81 20.72 Q
4 Tomoya Kamiyama JPN 21 Feb 88 20.78 Q
5 Christiaan Krone RSA 30 Aug 84 20.85
6 Khalil Al-Hanahneh JOR 11 May 80 21.01
7 Courtny Bascombe VIN 24 May 85 22.08
  Heat 6 -0.1
1 Marvin Anderson JAM 12 May 82 20.43 Q
2 Kristof Beyens BEL 13 Jul 83 20.44 Q
3 Wallace Spearmon USA 24 Dec 84 20.45 Q
4 Francis Obikwelu POR 22 Nov 78 20.61 Q
5 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud EGY 10 Jun 86 20.65 q
6 Hitjivirue Kaanjuka NAM 29 Dec 87 21.10
7 Daniel Grueso COL 30 Jul 85 21.11
8 Zahir Naseer MDV 15 Nov 79 23.27

Heat 1 28 AUG 2007 11:10

2 833 Juan Pedro Toledo MEX MEX 20.40 20.85
3 452 Harmon Harmon COK COK 22.64 22.94
4 726 Christopher Williams JAM JAM 20.02 20.17
5 389 Basílio de Moraes BRA BRA 20.55 20.67
6 346 Ruslan Abbasov AZE AZE 20.74 20.74
7 492 Franklin Nazareno ECU ECU 20.47 20.47
8 740 Shinji Takahira JPN JPN 20.35 20.52
9 940 Morne Nagel RSA RSA 20.11 20.32

Heat 2 28 AUG 2007 11:18

1 887 Amaroy Marino PLW PLW    
2 1008 Marco Cribari SUI SUI 20.54 20.54
3 302 Churandy Martina AHO AHO 20.27 20.35
4 387 Sandro Viana BRA BRA 20.43 20.43
5 876 James Dolphin NZL NZL 20.60 20.76
6 1100 Tyson Gay USA USA 19.62 19.62
7 545 Visa Hongisto FIN FIN 20.75 20.75
8 1038 Mphelave Dlamin SWZ SWZ 21.05  
9 994 Matic Osovnikar SLO SLO 20.47 20.62

Heat 3 28 AUG 2007 11:26

2 1167 Brian Dzingai ZIM ZIM 20.12 20.29
3 1043 Sittichai Suwonprateep THA THA 20.75 22.02
4 645 Seth Amoo GHA GHA 20.36 20.72
5 848 Guus Hoogmoed NED NED 20.48 20.48
6 743 Shingo Suetsugu JPN JPN 20.03 20.20
7 419 Bryan Barnett CAN CAN 20.48 20.48
8 326 Patrick Johnson AUS AUS 20.35 20.70
9 665 Yik Chun Tang HKG HKG 21.08 21.15

Heat 4 28 AUG 2007 11:34

2 354 Jacobi Mitchell BAH BAH 20.66 20.66
3 970 Ivan Teplykh RUS RUS 20.71 20.81
4 648 Anastásios Goúsis GRE GRE 20.43 20.43
5 909 Arnaldo Abrantes POR POR 20.74 20.74
6 662 Michael Alicto GUM GUM 23.10  
7 709 Usain Bolt JAM JAM 19.75 19.75
8 893 Marcin Jedrusinski POL POL 20.31 20.53
9 314 Brendan Christian ANT ANT 20.29 20.33

Heat 5 28 AUG 2007 11:42

2 936 Christian Krone RSA RSA 20.51 20.51
3 526 Marek Niit EST EST 20.69 20.69
4 1118 Rodney Martin USA USA 20.14 20.18
5 1013 Marc Schneeberger SUI SUI 20.47 20.47
6 727 Khalil Al-Hanahneh JOR JOR 21.03 21.03
7 744 Tomoya Kamiyama JPN JPN 20.69 20.69
8 1163 Courtny Bascombe VIN VIN 22.36 22.36
9 685 Paul Hession IRL IRL 20.30 20.30

Heat 6 28 AUG 2007 11:50

2 912 Francis Obikwelu POR POR 19.84 20.46
3 453 Daniel Grueso COL COL 20.66 20.66
4 1139 Wallace Spearmon USA USA 19.65 19.82
5 497 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud EGY EGY 20.74 20.74
6 845 Hitjivirue Kaanjuka NAM NAM 20.91 20.91
7 705 Marvin Anderson JAM JAM 20.30 20.30
8 826 Zahir Naseer MDV MDV 23.29 23.29
9 359 Kristof Beyens BEL BEL 20.45 20.53

Event preview: Men’s 200m

With the 100m gold in his pocket, the only question now confronting Tyson Gay is whether he can place himself among the true greats of World Championships sprinting and win the 200m as well.

Gay tops the field for the longer sprint following his 19.62 victory at the US Championships in June. And after his thrilling victory in the 100m final here on Sunday night, he will start the 200m confident of matching Maurice Greene’s double in Seville in 1999, an achievement which remained unmatched in World Championship history until two years ago.

Gay's pedigree at the event is without question. Since finishing an agonising fourth in Helsinki behind three US teammates in 2005, he ran 19.68 last year – a season when the event’s all-time list enjoyed radical revision – and has backed up his personal best from Indianapolis this year with two other sub-20 second performances: 19.97 in Kingston in early May and 19.98 in Lausanne on 10 July.

But such is the strength of this event these days that Gay will face even more formidable opposition in the 200m than he did in the dash, not least from his training partner Wallace Spearmon. The Helsinki silver medallist, Spearmon has run 19.82 and clocked the third fastest time ever last year, 19.65. But Gay has beaten Spearmon on their last six meetings.

Gay and Spearmon are just two of five men who have run the half-lap event in under 20 seconds this year, and one of those, World junior record-holder Usain Bolt, is perhaps a greater threat than Spearmon if he gets a kind lane draw.

The tall Jamaican has emerged much more focused this year and he lowered the Central American and Caribbean record to 19.75 at his national championships in June. He also beat Spearmon with a highly impressive 20.06 effort at the London Grand Prix earlier this month. At 1.96m tall, he’ll hope he isn’t drawn in the tighter inside lanes.

Aside from these three, Bolt’s compatriot Chris Williams and home crowd favourite Shingo Suetsugu will be keen to make an impression.

Watch out too for Portugal’s European champion Francis Obikwelu. He may only have run 20.46 this year, but after his disqualification from the shorter sprint on Saturday the Olympic 100m silver medallist has something to prove.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb




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