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Men's 200 metre semi-finals

Men's 200 metres

 Qualification: First two in each semifinal.

Semifinal 1--

Running inside of Patrick van Balkom of the Netherlands, Britain's Christian Malcolm pulled even with the Dutchman and into the lead off the final banked turn.

Van Balkom wasn't going to give up easily, and his final surge almost clipped the Brit, who clocked 20.76 in the win.

For van Balkom, the extra effort brought with it a new Dutch national record of 20.77. Gennadiy Chernoval of Kazakhstan (21.28) and Oumar Loum of Senegal (21.49) were never a factor.

Semifinal 2--

Three futile attempts to start the race (call-up or false start) undoubtedly took some of the freshness out of the four runners' legs.

With Radek Zachoval of the Czech Republic assigned the outside lane, Shawn Crawford needed less than 100 meters to make up the stagger difference. Even as the quartet of runners entered the final turn, the win was certain for the American, and his win was timed in 20.80.

Allyn Condon's rapid turnover brought him past Zachoval in the final metres of the race for the second qualifying position in the final with 21.12, as the Czech ran 21.17 for a non-advancing third.

Semifinal 3--

Kevin Little used the outside lane to his advantage, powering away from the start and winning in a wire-to-wire 20.73.

His successful effort in defeating Jamaica's Christopher Williams over the final metres may have come at a high price, however, as he could be seen grimacing moments after the finish line as he grabbed his left calf.

Williams' time of 20.78 included an excessively comfortable margin ahead of third-place Joseph Batangdon of Cameroon (21.43).