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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's 200m



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 10)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 11)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Having beaten Campbell the month before Helsinki, Felix was the favourite, but was edged in her heat by the surprising Gushchina, who put up the fastest time of the first round with 22.53. Arron showed good 200m form for the first time in a major championship in winning the first semi-final in 22.45 into a 2.7 wind, cruising through 100 in 11.3 and coasting home impressively. Felix won the other semi-final in 22.90 – this into a 4.0 wind, with Olympic Champion Campbell placing third behind Gevaert, and so not qualifying for one of the seeded middle lanes. Campbell was drawn in lane seven for the final, and she blasted out of the blocks, and powered the curve, leading from Arron and Felix by a metre at halfway. However, Campbell had taken the bend too quickly and she ran almost 20m of the straight in lane 8 – fortunately without impeding Gushchina. At 150m, Arron took the lead from Campbell, but the French star was again trying to force her stride.
 Felix, by contrast, was displaying her relaxed power, and she flowed away over the last 25m. Smith, two metres down on Campbell at halfway, zipped by her with 10m to go and just caught Arron on the line for the silver medal. At 19 years 267 days Felix became the youngest winner – man or woman – of a world sprint title

The women's 200 metres at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 10, 11 and 12 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell, Christine Arron and Kim Gevaert were the early leaders out of the blocks. The powerful Campbell ran on the outside of her lane 7 and into the lane of Yulia Gushchina though she was so far ahead of Gushchina that she wasn't in danger of interfering. Arron held the lead as Gevaert faded from contention. Teenage sensation and Olympic silver medalist, Allyson Felix was more than a stride behind and slightly behind her was Rachelle Boone-Smith. While Campbell corrected her heading, Felix began to go by, gaining on Arron. Felix went by Arron and on to the win showing little strain. Arron and Campbell strained to get to the line against each other. Virtually unnoticed, Boone-Smith gained steadily and was able to nip both of them at the line with Arron holding on to beat Campbell for bronze.

  200m 12 August 0.2

Event Report - Women 200m Final

USA’s Allyson Felix fulfilled all the promise of her brilliant youth to become the youngest ever world 200m champion in Helsinki this evening.

The 19-year-old produced a stunning display of sprinting to win the gold medal in 22.16, coming from behind in the home straight to overhaul France’s Christine Arron and Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell.

“Coming off the curve I was a little bit worried because I realised that Christine and Veronica had started very fast,” she said. “But I tried to give it all I had and I knew that I usually am strong in the end.”

Felix’s team-mate Rachelle Smith also produced a stunning finish to come from fifth with 50 metre to go take the silver in 22.31, just outdipping Arron on the line.

Smith’s medal was extra sweet as she had to overcome an injury earlier in the week. “It was an awesome race,” said Smith. “This is unbelievable. At the beginning of the week I could hardly walk because I had a sudden ache in my left ankle.”

Arron was given the same time as Smith but had to be satisfied with her second bronze medal of the championships. “I feel I could have done better because I was a little tired at the end,” she said. “But I still ran a season’s best. I know I will leave these championships with at least two medals, so I am very much satisfied.”

Campbell, the Olympic champion and the 100m silver medallist here, was left without a medal. She had seemed virtually invincible at this event until Felix ended her four-year winning streak in London last month.

“I ran a really good curve then coming into the straight I just do not know what happened,” she said. “The energy was there but then I realised that I was over in the wrong lane and that drew all my attention away and messed up my rhythm.”

In Athens last year Campbell had been the quickest in every round to the final. This time she took a more relaxed route, and perhaps paid for that tactic because she was drawn in lane seven, outside all her rivals.

As in the 100m, Arron was the quickest through all the rounds here but again she appeared to feel the tension when she reached the final stage. On the start line she looked nervous. Drawn in lane five, she stood with a furrowed brough and couldn’t raise a smile when her name was announced to the crowd, just a cursory wave. The grinning Felix, one lane outside her, appeared much more relaxed.

When the gun went, Arron got a good start and was quickly up on Felix. Campbell was also out fast and these two came into the straight almost together, Arron perhaps marginally ahead. For a few strides Campbell appeared to have the edge, then Arron pulled away.

But in the lane between them Felix was timing her charge to perfection. She passed Arron 30m from the line as the Frenchwoman began to feel the strain and Campbell started to falter.

Felix lengthened her graceful stride as she eased away, and punched her fist at the ground as she crossed the line, mouthing the words, ‘Yes, yes.’ The gold was hers.

Behind her, Smith, in lane four, had left it late but found her legs in the last quarter of the race. She made up three metres on Arron, passing Campbell and clinching the bronze.

The American 1-2, the first ever in this event, comes after the USA took the first four positions in yesterday’s men’s final. At just 19, Felix now has a world gold medal to go with her Olympic silver.

“It feels very good to be world champion,” she said. “But I still have the relays to go.”

1 Allyson Felix USA 18 Nov 85 22.16
2 Rachelle Smith USA 30 Jun 81 22.31
3 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 22.31
4 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 22.38
5 LaTasha Colander USA 23 Aug 76 22.66
6 Yuliya Gushchina RUS 4 Mar 83 22.75
7 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 22.86
8 Cydonie Mothersill CAY 19 Mar 78 23.00
  Semifinals 11 August

Event Reports - Women 200m Semi Finals

Arron and Felix impress in semis

Christine Arron must wish every race was a heat. The Frenchwoman is becoming expert at running through the rounds in the style of a champion. Whether she can actually become a champion we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see.

She looked the woman to beat right through the 100m rounds but couldn’t hold it together for the final when she was let down by a bad start and could only take bronze. That is less of a problem in the 200m, of course, and if her performance in the semi-finals tonight is anything to go by she will again be in the medals, at least.

Arron was by far the quickest of the 200m semi-finalists this evening. On another day more suited to wet weather gear and ski hats than world class sprinting, she cut through a -2.7 headwind and left the American pair of LaTasha Colander and Rachelle Smith in her wake to win the first race.

Arron ran a smooth bend to enter the straight ahead and pulled away through the puddles to clock 22.45. Colander, Smith and the Cayman Island’s Cydonie Mothersill were the other qualifiers.

Arron won’t have it all her own way, however.

The Olympic gold and silver medallists both qualified from the second semi, won by an equally impressive looking Allyson Felix. Although the powerful Jamaican Veronica Campbell led off the bend, it was Felix who looked more relaxed, gracefully striding through the water-littered track into a biting -4.0m/s wind for an easy win in 22.90.

After her exertions in the 100m final on Monday, Campbell took it easy in the heats yesterday morning. Although she was an easy qualifier here, she seemed to be trying this time, but was actually caught on the line by Belgium’s Kim Gevaert, running 22.97 to Campbell’s 23.02.

In last year’s Olympic Games, Campbell became the champion after running quickest through all the rounds and setting a world leading time in the semi-final.

Russia’s Yuliya Gushchina, who had blasted through the cold winds in yesterday’s first round, struggled through the rain and wind this evening but made the final in fourth place in 23.10.

  Heat 1 -2.7
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 22.45 Q
2 Rachelle Smith USA 30 Jun 81 22.69 Q
3 LaTasha Colander USA 23 Aug 76 22.69 Q
4 Cydonie Mothersill CAY 19 Mar 78 23.13 Q
5 Irina Khabarova RUS 18 Mar 66 23.26
6 Lucimar de Moura BRA 22 Mar 74 23.42
7 Maryna Mindareva UKR 22 Aug 82 23.78
8 Geraldine Pillay RSA 25 Aug 77 24.22
  Heat 2 -4,0
1 Allyson Felix USA 18 Nov 85 22.90 Q
2 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 22.97 Q
3 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 23.02 Q
4 Yuliya Gushchina RUS 4 Mar 83 23.10 Q
5 Fabienne Féraez BEN 6 Aug 76 23.29
6 Natallia Salahub BLR 31 Mar 75 23.62
7 Laverne Jones-Ferrette ISV 16 Sep 81 23.62
8 Alenka Bikar SLO 7 Jan 74 23.94
  Heats 10 August

Event Report - Women 200m Heats

Winter weather for 200m heats

It was a sure sign of the conditions in the Olympic stadium this morning when the runners emerged for the first round of the women’s 200m wearing winter woollies. Well, the track and field equivalent anyway – thick, fleecy tops, bobble hats and all-weather track suits. It wouldn’t have been surprising if they’d run in leggings and gloves, so cold were the easterly winds that blew across the track at up to 5.0 m/s.

No wonder the times were down on what we’d normally expect at this level; after all, there are vulnerable hamstrings to be protected. That certainly seemed to be what Veronica Campbell was doing.

After winning 100m silver on Monday, the Jamaican returned to the Olympic stadium this morning for stage one of her bid to add the world 200m title to her Olympic crown. She took it extremely easy through the chilly winds and allowed Christine Arron, who was drawn inside her, to stride away down the home straight.

Arron, the 100m bronze medallist here, won in 22.89, some three metres ahead of Campbell, who ran 23.28. The Jamaican did little more than jog the last quarter of the race, however.

The fastest heat involved USA’s Allyson Felix – who, in fact, did wear a full body suit. The US champion ran a conservative race in heat two, finishing second in 22.68. Felix won an Olympic medal at just 18 last year when was second to Campbell in Athens, and a few weeks ago handed the Jamaican her first defeat at 200m for four years when she beat her at the London Grand Prix.

She was beaten here by Russia’s Yuliya Gushchina who obviously didn’t go along with the ‘take it easy to prevent injuries’ line. She blasted past Felix on the bend to set a personal best of 22.53 into a –1.1 wind. It was the fastest time of the round. Belgium’s Kim Gevaert also ran well to finish third in 22.78, only a tenth outside her best this year.

Felix’s team-mate LaTasha Colander, also qualified comfortably. The former hurdler eased off in the closing stages of heat one to finish second behind Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands in 23.89, more than a second and a half outside her best. Mind you, the wind was 2.5m/s in her face.

The only real surprise came in heat three when Fabienne Feraez of Benin stormed through the final 30 metres, coming from more than five metres down to overtake USA’s Rachelle Smith and Russia’s Irina Khabarova and push the Bahaman Christine Amertil, a former world indoor silver medallist, into fourth and out of the semi-finals.

Feraez’s time was slow, 23.72, but there was a headwind of 3.2.

  Heat 1 -2.5
1 Cydonie Mothersill CAY 19 Mar 78 23.72 Q
2 LaTasha Colander USA 23 Aug 76 23.89 Q
3 Laverne Jones-Ferrette ISV 16 Sep 81 24.12 Q
4 Lauren Hewitt AUS 25 Nov 78 24.20
5 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11 Feb 83 24.20
6 Yelena Bolsun RUS 25 Jun 82 24.30
7 Karin Mayr-Krifka AUT 4 Jun 71 24.61
  Heat 2 -1.1
1 Yuliya Gushchina RUS 4 Mar 83 22.53 Q
2 Allyson Felix USA 18 Nov 85 22.68 Q
3 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 22.78 Q
4 Natallia Salahub BLR 31 Mar 75 23.16 q
5 Maryna Mindareva UKR 22 Aug 82 23.31 q
6 Tracy Joseph CRC 22 Nov 87 24.84
7 Gertrudis Luna GEQ 4 Oct 87 26.28
  Heat 3 -3.2
1 Fabienne Féraez BEN 6 Aug 76 23.72 Q
2 Irina Khabarova RUS 18 Mar 66 23.78 Q
3 Rachelle Smith USA 30 Jun 81 23.78 Q
4 Christine Amertil BAH 18 Aug 79 23.88
5 Vida Anim GHA 7 Dec 83 24.16
6 Mae Koime PNG 14 Dec 83 25.31
7 Geinile Moyang SWZ 12 May 80 27.79
  Heat 4 0.3
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 22.89 Q
2 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 23.28 Q
3 Lucimar de Moura BRA 22 Mar 74 23.36 Q
4 Geraldine Pillay RSA 25 Aug 77 23.58 q
5 Alenka Bikar SLO 7 Jan 74 23.77 q
6 Mercy Nku NGR 17 Jul 76 23.99

Heat 1 10 AUG 2005 12:00 Wind -2.5

1 104 Cydonie Mothersille CAY CAY 23.72 Q 0.245
2 784 LaTasha Colander USA USA 23.89 Q 0.254
3 367 LaVerne Jones-Ferrette ISV ISV 24.12 Q 0.163
4 10 Lauren Hewitt AUS AUS 24.20 0.156
5 397 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM JAM 24.20 0.174
6 619 Yelena Bolsun RUS RUS 24.30 0.141
7 16 Karin Mayr-Krifka AUT AUT 24.61 0.180

Heat 2 10 AUG 2005 12:08 Wind -1.1

1 630 Yuliya Gushchina RUS RUS 22.53 Q PB 0.149
2 789 Allyson Felix USA USA 22.68 Q 0.178
3 32 Kim Gevaert BEL BEL 22.78 Q 0.149
4 41 Natallia Solohub BLR BLR 23.16 q 0.167
5 750 Maryna Maydanova UKR UKR 23.31 q 0.189
6 142 Tracy Joseph Hamblet CRC CRC 24.84 PB 0.152
7 289 Gertrudis Luna GEQ GEQ 26.28 NR 0.232

Heat 3 10 AUG 2005 12:16 Wind -3.2

1 38 Fabienne Féraez BEN BEN 23.72 Q 0.264
2 637 Irina Khabarova RUS RUS 23.78 Q 0.161
3 779 Rachelle Boone-Smith USA USA 23.78 Q 0.151
4 18 Christine Amertil BAH BAH 23.88 0.190
5 316 Vida Anim GHA GHA 24.16 0.161
6 545 Mae Koime PNG PNG 25.31 0.218
7 719 Gcinile Moyane SWZ SWZ 27.79 SB 0.293

Heat 4 10 AUG 2005 12:24 Wind +0.3

1 236 Christine Arron FRA FRA 22.89 Q 0.193
2 398 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM JAM 23.28 Q 0.154
3 65 Lucimar Aparecida de Moura BRA BRA 23.36 Q 0.142
4 609 Geraldine Pillay RSA RSA 23.58 q 0.173
5 688 Alenka Bikar SLO SLO 23.77 q 0.168
6 525 Mercy Nku NGR NGR 23.99 0.146




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