Wallace Spearmon on his way to winning the 200m in Split (Getty Images) © Copyright
Known for his late-season peak almost as much as he is known for his multiple medals at the IAAF World Championships, Spearmon lived up to his pre-race favourite tag. Drawn in lane five, he came off the bend with a slight lead over Team Africa’s Ben Youssef Meité of the Ivory Coast, while Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles was also going well in lane one.
Spearmon then began to effortlessly move away from the field, as is his trademark, and glided through the finish line, stopping the clock in 19.95 seconds. Martina came through for second place in 20.47, making Spearmon’s time the biggest winning margin in IAAF World Cup history. Spearmon’s performance is also the second-fastest 200m time at the event, behind his own competition record of 19.87 set four years ago.
Meité held on for third, clocking 20.51 and holding off Team Europe’s Christian Malcolm (20.75). Kenji Fujimitsu of Team Asia-Pacific (20.80) and Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud of Team Africa (20.94) were the only other finishers under 21 seconds in fifth and sixth respectively, as Tea Europe’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure failed to finish.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF