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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

The women's 800 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 20 to 23.[1]

Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates20–23 August
Competitors43 from 36 nations
Winning time1:56.38
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kelly Holmes  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Hasna Benhassi  Morocco
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jolanda Čeplak  Slovenia
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The first round had split a full roster of runners into six heats with the first three gaining a direct qualification and then the next six fastest across all heats advancing to the semifinals. The top two runners in each of the three semifinal heats moved on directly to the final, and they were immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

The final started with a fast first 200 metres, but Kelly Holmes and Maria de Lurdes Mutola were last at this stage. As the pace slowed, Mutola and Holmes moved forward through the field. The time at 400 metres was 56.37 seconds, with American Jearl Miles Clark leading. They entered the finishing straight with Mutola taking the lead, before Holmes took the lead and held off Mutola to take gold. Hasna Benhassi and Jolanda Čeplak finished strongly, both with a time of 1:56.43s, Benhassi winning silver in a photo finish. Mutola was forced into fourth place. Holmes' face lit up as she crossed the line, but then, unsure of the result, she anxiously waited for the times to come up.[2][3]

Holmes had only decided to enter the 800 metres at the last moment, and went on to also win gold in her preferred event, the 1500 m. This feat made her one of the UK's most successful ever athletes ; the Olympic 800–1500 metres double was never accomplished by any of their great 1980s middle distance trio, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett or Steve Cram.

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:53.28 Munich, West Germany 26 July 1983
Olympic record   Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1:53.43 Moscow, Soviet Union 27 July 1980

No new records were set during the competition.

QualificationEdit

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 800 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 2:00.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 2:01.30 or faster could be entered.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 22:00 Round 1
Saturday, 21 August 2004 20:40 Semifinals
Monday, 23 August 2004 20:55 Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[4]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 2:01.20 Q
2 7 Maria de Lurdes Mutola   Mozambique 2:01.50 Q
3 2 Tetyana Petlyuk   Ukraine 2:02.07 Q
4 6 Marian Burnett   Guyana 2:02.12 q
5 8 Nédia Semedo   Portugal 2:02.61
6 3 Olga Cristea   Moldova 2:08.97
7 5 Marlyse Nsourou   Gabon 2:12.35 NR

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Maria Cioncan   Romania 1:59.64 Q, PB
2 5 Agnes Samaria   Namibia 2:00.05 Q
3 7 Élisabeth Grousselle   France 2:00.31 Q
4 3 Natalya Khrushchelyova   Russia 2:00.56 q
5 6 Diane Cummins   Canada 2:01.19 q
6 2 Miho Sugimori   Japan 2:02.82
7 4 Adama Njie   The Gambia 2:10.02

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 2:00.81 Q
2 1 Jearl Miles Clark   United States 2:01.33 Q
3 4 Michelle Ballentine   Jamaica 2:01.52 Q
4 7 Letitia Vriesde   Suriname 2:01.70 q
5 2 Tamsyn Lewis   Australia 2:02.67
6 8 Tatyana Roslanova   Kazakhstan 2:06.39
7 6 Sanna Abubkheet   Palestine 2:32.10
5 Anhel Cape   Guinea-Bissau DNF

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Svetlana Cherkasova   Russia 2:03.60 Q
2 2 Amina Aït Hammou   Morocco 2:03.70 Q
3 7 Joanne Fenn   Great Britain 2:03.72 Q
4 6 Claudia Gesell   Germany 2:03.87
5 8 Akosua Serwaa   Ghana 2:03.96
6 3 Faith Macharia   Kenya 2:06.31
7 5 Emilia Mikue Ondo   Equatorial Guinea 2:22.88

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Jolanda Čeplak   Slovenia 2:00.61 Q
2 2 Mayte Martínez   Spain 2:00.81 Q
3 6 Nicole Teter   United States 2:01.16 Q
4 4 Luciana de Paula Mendes   Brazil 2:01.36 q
5 7 Lucia Klocová   Slovakia 2:02.17 q
6 8 Binnaz Uslu   Turkey 2:03.46
7 5 Marie-Lyne Joseph   Dominica 2:20.23

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Tatyana Andrianova   Russia 2:03.77 Q
2 6 Seltana Aït Hammou   Morocco 2:03.95 Q
3 8 Zulia Calatayud   Cuba 2:03.99 Q
4 5 Anita Brägger   Switzerland 2:04.00
5 2 Hazel Clark   United States 2:05.67
6 4 Noelly Mankatu Bibiche   Democratic Republic of the Congo 2:06.23
7 7 Tanya Blake   Malta 2:19.34

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rule: The top two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[5]

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 1:57.98 Q, SB
2 6 Tatyana Andrianova   Russia 1:58.41 Q
3 5 Jearl Miles Clark   United States 1:58.71 q
4 3 Zulia Calatayud   Cuba 1:59.21 q, SB
5 7 Agnes Samaria   Namibia 1:59.37 SB
6 2 Élisabeth Grousselle   France 2:00.21
7 1 Amina Aït Hammou   Morocco 2:00.66
8 8 Michelle Ballentine   Jamaica 2:00.94

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 6 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 1:58.59 Q, SB
2 4 Jolanda Čeplak   Slovenia 1:58.80 Q
3 8 Tetyana Petlyuk   Ukraine 1:59.48 PB
4 3 Nicole Teter   United States 1:59.50
5 5 Natalya Khrushchelyova   Russia 2:00.68
6 7 Lucia Klocová   Slovakia 2:00.79 SB
7 2 Marian Burnett   Guyana 2:02.21
8 1 Mayte Martínez   Spain 2:03.30

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Maria de Lurdes Mutola   Mozambique 1:59.30 Q
2 7 Maria Cioncan   Romania 1:59.44 Q, PB
3 3 Svetlana Cherkasova   Russia 1:59.80
4 4 Diane Cummins   Canada 2:00.30
5 8 Joanne Fenn   Great Britain 2:00.60
6 2 Seltana Aït Hammou   Morocco 2:00.64
7 1 Luciana de Paula Mendes   Brazil 2:02.00
8 6 Letitia Vriesde   Suriname 2:06.95

FinalEdit

[6]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
  3 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 1:56.38 SB
  7 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 1:56.43 NR
  4 Jolanda Čeplak   Slovenia 1:56.43 SB
4 5 Maria de Lurdes Mutola   Mozambique 1:56.51 SB
5 6 Tatyana Andrianova   Russia 1:56.88
6 2 Jearl Miles Clark   United States 1:57.27 SB
7 1 Maria Cioncan   Romania 1:59.62
8 8 Zulia Calatayud   Cuba 2:00.95

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Games: Women's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Holmes clinches brilliant gold". BBC Sport. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Holmes takes gold in 800m". Theguardian.com. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

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