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09 Aug 2012

It's gold at last!

After two consecutive silver medals, Allyson Felix wins the challenge against the fastest women in the world

The women's 200m final was expected to be a challenge between American and Jamaican sprinters and indeed it was. In the end it was won by Allyson Felix, who had already shown herself to be in tip-top shape during the qualifications. Silver medal at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, both times behind Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown (who finished in fourth place yesterday), the American athlete dominated the race and was the only finalist to run under 22”, finishing with a time of 21.88. The silver medal went to the winner of the 100m sprint, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who set her personal best; bronze medal for American Carmelita Jeter who, in the ninth lane, was the star of a great sprint final. The men's 200m semifinals were also held yesterday, the outcome of which was very much in line with the predictions made at the start. This evening, many are expecting to see a new world record by one of the finalists, especially Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake, the big favorites for the gold medal. French Christophe Lemaitre, Dutch Churandy Martina, American Wallace Spearmon and the third competing Jamaican, Warren Weir are all likely candidates for a medal as well.