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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

The Men's 800 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place from 20–23 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The final on 23 August resulted in a triumph for Kenyan runner Wilfred Bungei in an official time of 1:44.65. The qualifying standards were 1:46.00 (A standard) and 1:47.00 (B standard).[2]

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates20 August 2008 (heats)
21 August 2008 (semi-finals)
23 August 2008 (final)
Competitors58 from 42 nations
Winning time1:44.65
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Wilfred Bungei  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ismail Ahmed Ismail  Sudan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alfred Kirwa Yego  Kenya
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Along the way to the final, defending champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy was eliminated as his fast closing tactics didn't get him into a qualifying place or time. In the final, most of the field got off fairly evenly, with Ismail Ahmed Ismail showing the least interest in joining the pack of seven. By 200 metres, Wilfred Bungei, wearing sunglasses in the Beijing night, had found his way to the lead with his Kenyan teammate Alfred Kirwa Yego protecting him on his shoulder. Ismail joined the back of the pack and without leaving the rail, almost casually worked his way to being a step behind Bungei at the end of the first lap. Bungei and the field accelerated on the back stretch with Ismail staying on the rail running into a box inside of Yego. As Yego faltered through the final turn, Yeimer López ran around him into the perfect strategic position, still leaving Ismail boxed into no-mans land. Coming off the turn, Ismail simply ran faster and ran out of the trap, López was out of gas. Bungei took off into a sprint with his right arm flapping, opening up two metres on Ismail, who drifted out to lane 2 for clear running. Ten metres before the finish, Bungei let up and coasted over the finish line, Ismail tried to pass, dipping at the line but Bungei's lead was just enough to hold onto gold. In the final rush for bronze, Kenyan mercenary running for Bahrain Yusuf Saad Kamel looked to have the edge, but Yego moved out to lane 3 to avoid López and run down Kamel. With a final rush, Gary Reed caught Kamel at the line, still a step behind Yego.

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record   Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Olympic record   Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58 Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

QualificationEdit

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard (1:46.00) in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard (1:47.00) in the same qualifying period.[3]

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The first round was held on 20 August. The first two runners of each heat (Q) plus the next eight overall fastest runners (q) qualified for the second round.

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 1 Wilfred Bungei   Kenya 1:44.90 Q, SB
2 1 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 1:45.15 Q
3 1 Nadjim Manseur   Algeria 1:45.62 q
4 8 Yeimer López   Cuba 1:45.66 Q
5 8 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang   Kenya 1:45.72 Q
6 8 Nabil Madi   Algeria 1:45.75 q
7 5 Manuel Olmedo   Spain 1:45.78 Q
8 5 Ismail Ahmed Ismail   Sudan 1:45.87 Q
9 8 Marcin Lewandowski   Poland 1:45.89 q, SB
10 8 Belal Mansoor Ali   Bahrain 1:45.95 q, SB
11 4 Nick Symmonds   United States 1:46.01 Q
12 5 Gary Reed   Canada 1:46.02 q
13 4 Alfred Kirwa Yego   Kenya 1:46.04 Q
14 8 Sajjad Moradi   Iran 1:46.10 q
15 4 Antonio Manuel Reina   Spain 1:46.30 q
16 1 Fabiano Peçanha   Brazil 1:46.54 q
17 4 Andy González   Cuba 1:46.59
18 4 Mouhssin Chehibi   Morocco 1:46.75
19 8 Yassine Bensghir   Morocco 1:46.88
20 7 Mohammad Al-Azemi   Kuwait 1:46.94 Q
21 7 Yusuf Saad Kamel   Bahrain 1:46.94 Q
22 7 Robert Lathouwers   Netherlands 1:46.94
23 2 Abubaker Kaki   Sudan 1:46.98 Q
24 2 Mohammed Al-Salhi   Saudi Arabia 1:47.02 Q
25 7 Andrew Wheating   United States 1:47.05
26 5 Dmitrijs Miļkevičs   Latvia 1:47.12
27 8 Mikko Lahtio   Finland 1:47.20
28 5 Samson Ngoepe   South Africa 1:47.42
29 5 Aunese Curreen   Samoa 1:47.45 NR
30 2 Dmitriy Bogdanov   Russia 1:47.49
31 7 Abdoulaye Wagne   Senegal 1:47.50
32 3 Michael Rimmer   Great Britain 1:47.61 Q
33 3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi   South Africa 1:47.64 Q
33 4 Eduard Villanueva   Venezuela 1:47.64
35 1 Thomas Chamney   Ireland 1:47.66
35 3 Paweł Czapiewski   Poland 1:47.66
37 6 Amine Laalou   Morocco 1:47.86 Q
38 2 Onalenna Baloyi   Botswana 1:47.89
39 6 Abraham Chepkirwok   Uganda 1:47.93 Q
40 3 Miguel Quesada   Spain 1:48.06
41 6 Jakub Holuša   Czech Republic 1:48.19
41 7 Aldwyn Sappleton   Jamaica 1:48.19
43 6 Christian Smith   United States 1:48.20
44 3 Li Xiangyu   China 1:48.44
45 6 Kléberson Davide   Brazil 1:48.53
46 2 Jozef Repcìk   Slovakia 1:48.64
47 6 Achraf Tadili   Canada 1:48.87
48 3 Vitalij Kozlov   Lithuania 1:48.96
49 1 Lachlan Renshaw   Australia 1:49.19
50 1 Ehsan Mohajer Shojaei   Iran 1:49.25
51 2 Leonardo Price   Argentina 1:49.39
52 7 Sergey Pakura   Kyrgyzstan 1:50.54
53 6 Fadrique Iglesias   Bolivia 1:50.57
54 3 Samwel Mwera   Tanzania 1:50.67
55 4 Nguyen Dinh Cuong   Vietnam 1:52.06
56 6 Mohammed Al-Yafaee   Yemen 1:54.82
57 5 Souleymane Ould Chebal   Mauritania 1:57.43
58 4 Derek Mandell   Guam 1:57.48 PB
5 Byron Piedra   Ecuador DNS
3 Nick Willis   New Zealand DNS
2 Antar Zerguelaine   Algeria DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.[4]

Semifinal 1Edit

21 August 2008 - 19:50

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 8 Wilfred Bungei   Kenya 1:46.23 Q
2 5 Yeimer López   Cuba 1:46.40 Q
3 7 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 1:46.53
4 4 Amine Laalou   Morocco 1:46.74
5 6 Nick Symmonds   United States 1:46.96
6 9 Mohammed Al-Salhi   Saudi Arabia 1:47.14
7 2 Marcin Lewandowski   Poland 1:47.24
8 3 Mohammad Al-Azemi   Kuwait 1:47.65

Semifinal 2Edit

21 August 2008 - 19:58

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 5 Alfred Kirwa Yego   Kenya 1:44.73 Q
2 6 Ismail Ahmed Ismail   Sudan 1:44.91 Q
3 7 Yusuf Saad Kamel   Bahrain 1:44.95 q
4 9 Nadjim Manseur   Algeria 1:45.54 q
5 8 Sajjad Moradi   Iran 1:46.08
6 4 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi   South Africa 1:46.24
7 2 Antonio Manuel Reina   Spain 1:46.40
8 3 Fabiano Peçanha   Brazil 1:47.07

Semifinal 3Edit

21 August 2008 - 20:06

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 2 Nabil Madi   Algeria 1:45.63 Q
2 4 Gary Reed   Canada 1:45.85 Q
3 5 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang   Kenya 1:45.87
4 9 Manuel Olmedo   Spain 1:45.91
5 3 Belal Mansoor Ali   Bahrain 1:46.37
6 8 Michael Rimmer   Great Britain 1:48.07
7 7 Abraham Chepkirwok   Uganda 1:49.16
8 6 Abubaker Kaki   Sudan 1:49.19

FinalEdit

23 August 2008 - 19:30

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes[5]
  3 Wilfred Bungei   Kenya 1:44.65 SB
  8 Ismail Ahmed Ismail   Sudan 1:44.70
  5 Alfred Kirwa Yego   Kenya 1:44.82
4 6 Gary Reed   Canada 1:44.94
5 4 Yusuf Saad Kamel   Bahrain 1:44.95
6 7 Yeimer López   Cuba 1:45.88
7 2 Nabil Madi   Algeria 1:45.96
8 9 Nadjim Manseur   Algeria 1:47.19

SplitsEdit

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400m Wilfred Bungei   Kenya 53.35
600m Wilfred Bungei   Kenya 1:19.17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  3. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/oly08/results/eventCode=3659/racedate=08-21-2008/sex=M/discCode=800/combCode=hash/roundCode=sf/results.html#det Archived 2012-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ http://wikirun.com/800M_men#Final Retrieved 2008-08-23.