Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres
|Women's 800 metres|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||15 August 2008 (heats)|
16 August 2008 (semi-finals)
18 August 2008 (final)
|Competitors||40 from 33 nations|
The qualifying standards were 2:00.00 (A standard) and 2:01.30 (B standard).
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.
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.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 6 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.
|1||3||Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei||Kenya||1:57.28||Q, SB|
|3||3||Yuliya Krevsun||Ukraine||1:57.32||Q, PB|
|4||2||Hasna Benhassi||Morocco||1:58.03||Q, SB|
|6||3||Kenia Sinclair||Jamaica||1:58.28||q, SB|
|9||1||Maria Mutola||Mozambique||1:58.61||Q, SB|
|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|
|4||Pamela Jelimo||Kenya||1:54.87||WJR, AR|
|5||2||Maria de Lurdes Mutola||Mozambique||1:57.68||SB|
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