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2017 World Championships in Athletics London, United Kingdom

2017 16th IAAF World Championships - London - Men's 200m

 

 

Host City: London, UKFormat: First round (First 3 & 3 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 7)
Dates: 4–13 August 2017Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 9)
Nations participating: 205
Athletes participating: 2038
  Main venue: London Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Bolt never planned to defend his title, which in the cool conditions was won in a time 0.90 outside the Jamaican’s world record. The crowd’s favourite in the final was Makwala, who had been obliged to scratch from the first round on August 7 (as well as the 400m final on August 8) due to an outbreak of the contagious norovirus. On August 9, the IAAF permitted him to contest a solo time trial with a target of 20.53 in order to gain an additional place in the semi-finals. He succeeded in style with 20.20. The Botswanan ran even faster (20.14w) to then reach the final by right, while his 400m rival van Niekerk only made it as a fastest loser. In the final, Makwala ran the best curve, with van Niekerk and Guliyev catching him at halfway. Guliyev transitioned well into the straight and took a half metre lead as Makwala began to slip back. Richards came up from sixth at halfway. He, van Niekerk and Guliyev crossed the line together, with the Turk hanging on to win in 20.09. Van Niekerk held off Richards by a thousandth, while Mitchell-Blake pleased the home crowd by moving from seventh to fourth in the second half of the race. The winner had placed seventh as a junior (for Azerbaijan) in Berlin 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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