10 MAR 2001 General News

Final of the men's 200 metre final

Men 200 metres Final

Shawn Crawford, running in lane four, needed 150 metres to make up the stagger advantage of Britain's Christian Malcolm, running immediately to his outside.

Once that had been accomplished, Crawford rode his acceleration on into the finish with a winning time of 20.63.

Malcolm's silver-medal performance was timed in 20.76, as Patrick van Balkom of the Netherlands took the bronze in 20.96.

The 1997 world indoor champion, Kevin Little of the US, who had been assigned lane six, was forced to withdraw from the final after sustaining an injury to his left leg in the closing metres of yesterday's semifinal race.

For the first two rounds of the 200 metres, only lanes three through six were used, because of the disadvantage created by the tight curves of the interior lanes in a one-lap race.

However, for today's final, all six lanes were used because of the need to award prize money to six places.

That being the case, Christopher Williams of Jamaica and Allyn Condon of Great Britain fulfilled their roles in a self-fulfilling prophecy by taking the last two places in 21.12 and 21.69, respectively.