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Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

These are the official results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The event took place between 3 and 6 August.[1]

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates3 August 1984 (heats)
4 August 1984 (quarter-finals)
5 August 1984 (semi-finals)
6 August 1984 (final)
Competitors69 from 56 nations
Winning time1:43.00 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Joaquim Cruz
 Brazil
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sebastian Coe
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Earl Jones
 United States
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With four notable front runners in the race the battle to the break was important. Edwin Koech on the far outside and Joaquim Cruz went out hard around the first turn, with Earl Jones and Johnny Gray to the inside. Cruz, Jones and Gray converged at the same spot, Gray getting the short end of the stick and suddenly losing ground to the back of the field, then Koech converged from the outside, closing the door on Cruz and Jones, with Cruz edging ahead of Jones as contact was made causing Cruz to jump 200 metres into the race. The lead group was marked by British rivals, defending champion Steve Ovett and world record holder Sebastian Coe. They held that order through the next 200 metres, only upset by Gray long striding along the outside up to Coe's shoulder. Gray's added speed seemed to force the leaders to run faster to stay ahead of him, while Ovett withered out the back of the field. With 200 to go Gray seemed to tighten up, frustrated that his hard effort only netted him fifth place. Through the turn, Cruz inched closer to Koech, still marked by Coe and Jones. When Cruz pounced coming off the turn, Koech wilted, outside of him Coe and Jones were in a shoulder to shoulder sprint battle. Cruz had won the war, sprinting away to a clear 5 metre victory. Coe was able to make a slight gain on Jones to take silver. Jones still held off a late charge by Billy Konchellah for bronze.

MedalistsEdit

AbbreviationsEdit

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:41.73   Sebastian Coe Florence (ITA) June 10, 1981
Olympic Record 1:43.50   Alberto Juantorena Montreal (CAN) July 25, 1976

In the final Joaquim Cruz set a new Olympic record with 1:43.00 minutes.

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Joaquim Cruz   Brazil 1:45.66 Q
2 2 Sebastian Coe   Great Britain 1:45.71 Q
3 2 Omer Khalifa   Sudan 1:45.81 Q
4 2 Colomán Trabado   Spain 1:46.00 Q
5 2 Riccardo Materazzi   Italy 1:46.03 q
6 9 Billy Konchellah   Kenya 1:46.27 Q
7 5 Steve Ovett   Great Britain 1:46.66 Q
8 8 Juma Ndiwa   Kenya 1:46.73 Q
9 2 Marcus O'Sullivan   Ireland 1:46.85 q
10 8 William Wuycke   Venezuela 1:46.88 Q
11 1 Babacar Niang   Senegal 1:46.90 Q
12 1 Abdi Bile   Somalia 1:46.92 Q
13 3 Owen Hamilton   Jamaica 1:46.95 Q
14 9 Peter Elliott   Great Britain 1:46.98 Q
15 1 Donato Sabia   Italy 1:47.04 Q
16 7 Edwin Koech   Kenya 1:47.11 Q
17 9 José Luíz Barbosa   Brazil 1:47.12 Q
18 6 Johnny Gray   United States 1:47.19 Q
19 8 Mohamed Alouini   Tunisia 1:47.20 Q
20 6 Pat Scammell   Australia 1:47.24 Q
21 1 Sotirios Moutsanas   Greece 1:47.32 q
22 6 Marco Mayr   Switzerland 1:47.36 Q
23 6 Ahmed Belkessam   Algeria 1:47.51 q
24 7 Hans-Peter Ferner   West Germany 1:47.55 Q
25 9 Bruce Roberts   Canada 1:47.56 q
26 5 Oslen Barr   Guyana 1:47.65 Q
27 7 Agberto Guimarães   Brazil 1:47.72 Q
28 8 Simon Hoogewerf   Canada 1:47.74
29 4 Earl Jones   United States 1:47.75 Q
30 4 Faouzi Lahbi   Morocco 1:47.81 Q
31 7 Mark Handelsman   Israel 1:47.90
32 3 Moussa Fall   Senegal 1:47.91 Q
33 3 John Marshall   United States 1:47.99 Q
34 5 Benjamín González   Spain 1:48.01
35 4 Philippe Dupont   France 1:48.09 Q
36 1 Joseph Ramotshabi   Botswana 1:48.17
37 5 Batulamai Rajakumar   Malaysia 1:48.19
38 3 Jama Aden   Somalia 1:48.64
39 2 Archfell Musango   Zambia 1:48.84
40 4 Axel Harries   West Germany 1:48.92
41 8 Taplumanei Jonga   Zimbabwe 1:49.59
42 3 Peter Pearless   New Zealand 1:49.95
43 5 Isaac Ganunga   Malawi 1:51.25
44 6 Meesaq Rizvi   Pakistan 1:51.29
45 9 Charles Borromeo   India 1:51.52
46 9 Dale Jones   Antigua and Barbuda 1:51.52
47 1 André Titos   Mozambique 1:51.73
48 5 Francisco Figueredo   Paraguay 1:52.22
49 1 Samuel Sawny   Grenada 1:53.08
50 8 Charlie Oliver   Solomon Islands 1:53.22
51 7 Jerry Molyneaux   British Virgin Islands 1:53.23
52 7 Jean-Marie Rudasingwa   Rwanda 1:53.23
53 5 Siegfried Cruden   Suriname 1:53.31
54 4 Mouteb Al-Faouri   Jordan 1:53.89
55 2 Leopoldo Acosta   Ecuador 1:54.06
56 3 Alberto López   Guatemala 1:54.19
57 6 William Amakye   Ghana 1:54.80
58 4 Ibrahim Aziz   United Arab Emirates 1:54.86
59 9 Peter Ceesay   The Gambia 1:55.35
60 9 Ousman Miangoto   Chad 1:56.02
61 1 Jodha Gurung   Nepal 1:56.72
62 2 Manlio Molinari   San Marino 1:57.09
63 8 Barakat Al-Sharji   Oman 2:00.38
64 6 Philip Sinon   Seychelles 2:04.89
65 8 Abdul Al-Ghadi   North Yemen 2:05.90
66 7 Bartolomé Esono Asumu   Equatorial Guinea 2:17.29
3 Vusie Dlamini   Swaziland DQ
4 Kim Bok-joo   South Korea DQ
7 Moussa Daweye   Niger DQ

QuarterfinalsEdit

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.74
2.   Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:44.90
3.   Agberto Guimarães (BRA) 1:45.18
4.   Peter Elliott (GBR) 1:45.49
5.   Faouzi Lahbi (MAR) 1:45.67
6.   Babacar Niang (SEN) 1:45.71
7.   Sotirios Moutsanas (GRE) 1:46.34
  Colomán Trabado (ESP) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:46.15
2.   Omar Khalifa (SUD) 1:46.33
3.   Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:46.75
4.   José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:46.87
5.   John Marshall (USA) 1:47.18
6.   Riccardo Materazzi (ITA) 1:47.90
7.   Ahmed Belkessam (ALG) 1:48.11
8.   Marco Mayr (SUI) 1:48.30


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.   Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:44.84
2.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:45.72
3.   Johnny Gray (USA) 1:45.82
4.   William Wuycke (VEN) 1:46.17
5.   Abdi Bile (SOM) 1:46.49
6.   Owen Hamilton (JAM) 1:46.74
7.   Pat Scammel (AUS) 1:47.90
8.   Bruce Roberts (CAN) 1:49.72


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.   Earl Jones (USA) 1:45.44
2.   Hans-Peter Ferner (FRG) 1:45.52
3.   Juma Ndiwa (KEN) 1:45.59
4.   Moussa Fall (SEN) 1:45.71
5.   Mohamed Alouini (TUN) 1:45.78
6.   Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:46.21
7.   Oslen Barr (GUY) 1:46.97
8.   Philippe Dupont (FRA) 1:48.95

SemifinalsEdit

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:43.82
2.   Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.12
3.   Earl Jones (USA) 1:44.51
4.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:44.81
5.   Omar Khalifa (SUD) 1:44.87
6.   Moussa Fall (SEN) 1:45.03
7.   William Wuycke (VEN) 1:47.32
  Peter Elliott (GBR) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:45.51
2.   Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:45.67
3.   Johnny Gray (USA) 1:45.82
4.   Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:45.96
5.   Hans-Peter Ferner (FRG) 1:46.16
6.   Agberto Guimarães (BRA) 1:46.65
7.   Juma Ndiwa (KEN) 1:48.06
8.   José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:48.70

FinalEdit

RANK FINAL TIME
    Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:43.00
    Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:43.64
    Earl Jones (USA) 1:43.83
4.   Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:44.03
5.   Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:44.53
6.   Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.86
7.   Johnny Gray (USA) 1:47.89
8.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:52.28

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017.

External linksEdit