Gold medal times in the 200m sprint at the Summer Olympics 1900-2016

The 200 meter sprint has been included as a men's event in all Olympic Games since Paris 1900, and a women's 200 meter event was introduced in London 1948. In the early 1900s, the 200m sprint was often held on a straight track (similar to the 100m sprint), but it has been in it's current format since the 1950s, where the first half of the race is along the curve of a 400m running track, while the second half is along a 100m stretch.

Record breakers

Between 1900 and 2004, no male athlete won multiple Olympic golds in the event, however Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who holds the Olympic and world records, claimed gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016, as part of his "triple triple". In the women's event, two women have won the 200m gold twice; Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel in 1976 and 1980 for East Germany, and Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2004 and 2008 for Jamaica. The women's Olympic and world record was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in the Seoul Games in 1988, where she also set the record in the 100m sprint; both of these records still stand today. Athletes from the United States have won 23 gold medals across both events, while Jamaica has taken seven golds; mostly in recent years.

Doing the double

The 200m sprint attracts many competitors from the 100m sprint, with eleven men and seven women winning gold in both events in the same Olympics; with many also winning team golds in the 4x100m relay. Valerie Brisco-Hooks in 1984, along with Michael Johnson and Marie-José Pérec in 1996, are the only athletes to have won gold in both the 200m and 400m races at the same Olympics. Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis (both from Alabama) are the only athletes to have won the "sprint-jump quadruple"; winning golds in the 100m, 4x100m relay, 200m and long jump in the 1936 and 1984 Games respectively.

Gold medal winning times in the Men's and Women's 200m Sprint at the Summer Olympics from 1900 to 2016

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Survey time period

1900 to 2016

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

The winning athletes (male listed first) and their represented countries are as follows:
1900 - Walter Tewksbury (US)
1904 - Archie Hahn (US)
1908 - Robert Kerr (Canada)
1912 - Ralph Craig (US)
1920 - Allen Woodring (US)
1924 - Jackson Scholz (US)
1928 - Percy Williams (Canada)
1932 - Eddie Tolan (US)
1936 - Jesse Owens (US)
1948 - Mel Patton (US) & Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherlands)
1952 - Andy Stanfield (US) & Marjorie Jackson (Australia)
1956 - Bobby Morrow (US) & Betty Cuthbert (Australia)
1960 - Livio Berruti (Italy) & Wilma Rudolph (US)
1964 - Henry Carr (US) & Edith McGuire (US)
1968 - Tommie Smith (US) & Irena Kirszenstein (Poland)
1972 - Valeriy Borzov (USSR) & Renate Stecher (East Germany)
1976 - Donald Quarrie (Jamaica) & Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel (East Germany)
1980 - Pietro Mennea (Italy) & Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel (East Germany)
1984 - Carl Lewis (US) & Valerie Brisco (US)
1988 - Joe Deloach (US) & Florence Griffith Joyner (US)
1992 - Michael Marsh (US) & Gwen Torrence (US)
1996 - Michael Johnson (US) & Marie-José Pérec (France)
2000 - Kostas Kenteris (Greece) & Pauline Davis (Bahamas)
2004 - Shawn Crawford (US) & Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)
2008 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)
2012 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Allyson Felix (US)
2016 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)

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