Dominican sprinter Alexander Ogando finished seventh in the final of the 200-meter dash at the 2023 IAAF World Championships in Budapest.
Ogando, who finished second in his previous two races and was in the final of this category, clocked a time of 20:23 seconds.
Sprinter Noah Lyles of the United States claimed the gold medal with a time of 19:52 seconds, earning his second gold medal at these World Championships after winning first place in the 100 meter dash and becoming the first man to win the Won 100m and 200m titles since Usain Bolt did so for the third and final time in 2015.
Second place went to Erriyon Knighton, also of the USA, with a time of 19:75 seconds, and third place went to Letsile Tebogo of Botswana with 19:81.
Last Thursday, the Dominican sprinter, silver medalist in the 4400 meter mixed relay in Tokyo, covered the 200 meter distance in the semifinals in 20:02 seconds, the second-best time of his run behind the imposing Lyles.
It was another good race on the day for Ogando, who again proved strong and confident throughout the journey and returns a year later to make another crucial statement at a World’s Fair.
Ogando beat the 20:14 he set in last Wednesday’s heat by 12 seconds, beating Kenneth Bednarek of the United States.
Ogando was even far from his personal best of 19:91 as well as his season best of 19:99, which certainly didn’t allow him to sneak between the three podium finishers. With the San Juan native, the Dominican Republic’s hopes of having two world medalists at the same competition dwindled. Mairleidy Paulino won gold in the 400 meters on Wednesday.