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

The women's 800 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 15–18 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
080818 Hasna Benhassi (2801078172).jpg
Medal ceremony
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates15 August 2008 (heats)
16 August 2008 (semi-finals)
18 August 2008 (final)
Competitors40 from 33 nations
Winning time1:54.87
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Pamela Jelimo  Kenya
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei  Kenya
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hasna Benhassi  Morocco
← 2004
2012 →
Video on YouTube Official Video

The qualifying standards were 2:00.00 (A standard) and 2:01.30 (B standard).[2]

Vanja Perišić of Croatia was later disqualified for failing an in-competition drugs test.[3]

This would be the last Olympic appearance by Maria Mutola, a string which started with her as a 15 year old in the 1988 Olympics, a perennial finalist since 1992. In the final, both Kenyan athletes went to the front, with World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei taking the front and teenager Pamela Jelimo following. Coming out of the break, Kenia Sinclair in lane 3 squeezed quickly into lane 1, shutting the door on Mutola. Just before the bell, Jelimo passed Jepkosgei and set off on her own. Jepkosgei gave chase but the gap just continued to widen all the way to the finish. Jelimo and Jepkosgei never saw a challenge to their gold and silver, behind them Sinclair, then Mutola gave an ever futile chase. From almost the back of the pack, Hasna Benhassi moved forward through the turn. Coming off the turn, Mutola was making her move on Sinclair and Benhassi was making her move on Mutola, the three athletes lined up shoulder to shoulder. Benhassi had the speed while the other two struggled. After being passed by Benhassi, Tatiana Andrianova followed her around the slowing athletes. While Andrianova was faster down the straightaway, she couldn't make up enough ground, Benhassi finishing with bronze after taking silver in the previous three major championships.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:53.28 Munich, Germany 26 July 1983
Olympic record   Nadiya Olizarenko (URS) 1:53.43 Moscow, Russia 27 July 1980

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

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 6 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 4 Maria Mutola   Mozambique 1:58.91 Q, SB
2 4 Marilyn Okoro   Great Britain 1:59.01 Q
3 4 Lucia Klocova   Slovakia 1:59.42 Q
4 4 Tamsyn Lewis   Australia 1:59.67 q
5 6 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei   Kenya 1:59.72 Q
6 6 Tetyana Petlyuk   Ukraine 2:00.00 Q
7 4 Neisha Bernard-Thomas   Grenada 2:00.09 q, NR
8 6 Brigita Langerholc   Slovenia 2:00.13 Q
9 6 Eglė Balčiūnaitė   Lithuania 2:00.15 q, PB
10 2 Yuliya Krevsun   Ukraine 2:00.21 Q
11 6 Elisa Cusma Piccione   Italy 2:00.24 q
12 2 Tatiana Andrianova   Russia 2:00.31 Q
13 2 Jennifer Meadows   Great Britain 2:00.33 Q
14 5 Zulia Calatayud   Cuba 2:00.34 Q
DSQ 2 Sviatlana Usovich   Belarus 2:00.42 q, SB
16 5 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 2:00.51 Q
17 5 Ekaterina Kostetskaya   Russia 2:00.54 Q
18 5 Olga Cristea   Moldova 2:00.59 q, PB
19 5 Hazel Clark-Riley   United States 2:01.59
20 1 Svetlana Klyuka   Russia 2:01.67 Q
21 6 Carmo Tavares   Portugal 2:01.91
22 1 Rosibel García   Colombia 2:01.98 Q
23 2 Marian Burnett   Guyana 2:02.02
24 1 Anna Rostkowska   Poland 2:02.11 Q
25 1 Jemma Simpson   Great Britain 2:02.16
26 1 Agnes Samaria   Namibia 2:02.18
27 2 Alice Schmidt   United States 2:02.33
28 5 Mihaela Neacșu   Romania 2:03.03
29 1 Madeleine Pape   Australia 2:03.09
30 3 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 2:03.18 Q
31 3 Kenia Sinclair   Jamaica 2:03.76 Q
32 3 Elodie Guegan   France 2:03.85 Q
33 3 Merve Aydın   Turkey 2:04.75
34 3 Annabelle Lascar   Mauritius 2:06.11 PB
35 3 Marcela Britos   Uruguay 2:08.98
36 1 Baraah Awadallah   Jordan 2:18.41 SB
37 2 Haley Nicole Nemra   Marshall Islands 2:18.83
38 4 Emilia Mikue Ondo   Equatorial Guinea 2:20.69
39 5 Aishath Reesha   Maldives 2:30.14 PB
4 Nicole Teter   United States DNF
6 Mireille Derebona-Ngaisset   Central African Republic DQ
3 Vanja Perišić   Croatia 2:06.82 DSQ
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

SemifinalsEdit

Rank Heat Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 3 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei   Kenya 1:57.28 Q, SB
2 2 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 1:57.31 Q
3 3 Yuliya Krevsun   Ukraine 1:57.32 Q, PB
4 2 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 1:58.03 Q, SB
5 3 Tatiana Andrianova   Russia 1:58.16 q
6 3 Kenia Sinclair   Jamaica 1:58.28 q, SB
7 1 Svetlana Klyuka   Russia 1:58.31 Q
8 2 Ekaterina Kostetskaya   Russia 1:58.33
9 1 Maria Mutola   Mozambique 1:58.61 Q, SB
10 2 Zulia Calatayud   Cuba 1:58.78 SB
11 1 Lucia Klocová   Slovakia 1:58.80
12 2 Anna Rostkowska   Poland 1:58.84
13 1 Tetyana Petlyuk   Ukraine 1:59.27
14 1 Rosibel García   Colombia 1:59.38 NR
15 2 Jennifer Meadows   Great Britain 1:59.43
16 3 Elisa Cusma Piccione   Italy 1:59.52
17 1 Marilyn Okoro   Great Britain 1:59.53
18 1 Brigita Langerholc   Slovenia 2:00.00
19 3 Olga Cristea   Moldova 2:00.12 PB
20 1 Tamsyn Lewis   Australia 2:01.41
21 3 Neisha Bernard-Thomas   Grenada 2:01.84
22 2 Eglė Balčiūnaitė   Lithuania 2:02.59
2 Sviatlana Usovich   Belarus DSQ[4]
3 Elodie Guegan   France DNF

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Athlete Time Notes
  4 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 1:54.87 WJR, AR
  7 Janeth Jepkosgei   Kenya 1:56.07
  8 Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 1:56.73 SB
4 6 Svetlana Klyuka   Russia 1:56.94 PB
5 2 Maria de Lurdes Mutola   Mozambique 1:57.68 SB
6 3 Kenia Sinclair   Jamaica 1:58.24 SB
7 9 Yuliya Krevsun   Ukraine 1:58.73
8 5 Tatyana Andrianova   Russia 2:02.63

SplitsEdit

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400m Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 55.41
600m Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 1:24.03

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. ^ IAAF Newsletter Edition 112. IAAF (2010-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London2012". International Olympic Committee. 25 Nov 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-08.