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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

The women's 800 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 17–20 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 800m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates17 August 2016 (heats)
18 August 2016 (semifinals)
20 August 2016 (final)
Winning time1:55.28 NR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Caster Semenya  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Francine Niyonsaba  Burundi
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Margaret Wambui  Kenya
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SummaryEdit

As the final started, Caster Semenya running in lane 3 gained a slight edge on the turn, deceptive as Margaret Wambui in lane 4 was the slowest around the turn. Francine Niyonsaba converged from lane 5 and the two assumed the lead down the backstretch. Semenya taking the curb as they began the turn, Niyonsaba on her outside shoulder with Maryna Arzamasava behind Niyonsaba, Melissa Bishop and Lynsey Sharp stacking up behind Semenya. In the second 200, Margaret Wambui moved to the outside of lane 2 and ran up to Arzamasava's shoulder. The first lap was an honest 57.59. Midway through the penultimate turn, Niyonsaba edged in front of Semenya, the other runners collapsing into lane 1 rather than following her around the now open outside. Down the backstretch, Niyonsaba opened a 2-metre lead, with Bishop cuing up tight behind Semenya, with Arzamasava boxing her to the outside, while Arzamasava was being boxed by a faster moving Wambui. Kicker Joanna Jóźwik was trailing the field eight metres back of Niyonsaba. After the final turn had started, Semenya drifted to the outside and put it in gear, moving from 2 metres behind Niyonsaba to 2 metres in front. During the home stretch she just extended her lead to an 8-metre victory. Still in second, Niyonsaba had a 2-metre gap on Bishop with Wambui on her outside. Down the homestretch Niyonsaba also extended her gap to about four metres. Wambui down a metre on the outside of Bishop, couldn't make any progress until the last 40 metres, when she finally pulled aside and then past for the bronze medal by a metre.

For Semenya, her 1:55.28 was a new South African National Record, a .05 improvement over the mark she set a month earlier at Herculis. For Bishop it was also a Canadian National Record, improving upon the mark she set the same day as Semenya in Edmonton. Semenya becomes the fifth woman to win two medals in the Women's Olympic 800. Since the disqualification of Mariya Savinova from 2012, she has become the first two time gold medalist.

The medals were presented by Barbara Kendall, IOC member, New Zealand and Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, Vice President of the IAAF.

TestosteroneEdit

Following the race, Lynsey Sharp complained that female athletes are effectively competing in ‘two separate races.’[2] Sharp, Melissa Bishop and Joanna Jozwik embraced after the race. “We see each other week in, week out, so we know how each other feel."[3]

IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weisse said of Semenya, "She is a woman, but maybe not 100 per cent."

All three medalists have been found to have the 46,XY karyotype, a form of hyperandrogenism, producing male levels of testosterone aiding in building more muscle mass and better processing of energy. The IAAF has subsequently ruled give them an unfair advantage. On May 8, 2019, the IAAF testosterone rule went into effect. Such athletes were required to take testosterone suppressing drugs in order to compete with female athletes.[4]

Competition formatEdit

The women's 800m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), semifinals and a final. Twenty-four athletes advanced from the heats to the semifinal round. The top two competitors from each of the eight heats qualified for the semifinals along with the six fastest losers. A total of eight competitors qualified for the final from the semifinals. In the three semifinal races, the first two from each semifinal advanced to the final along with the two fastest losers.

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
2016 World leading   Caster Semenya (RSA) 1:55.33 Fontvieille, Monaco 15 July 2016

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Central African Republic   Elisabeth Mandaba (CAF) Heats 2:11.70
South Africa   Caster Semenya (RSA) Final 1:55.28
Canada   Melissa Bishop (CAN) Final 1:57.02
Iceland   Aníta Hinriksdóttir (ISL) Heats 2:00.14

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:55 Heats
Thursday, 18 August 2016 21:15 Semifinals
Saturday, 20 August 2016 21:15 Finals

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Progression rules: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lynsey Sharp   Great Britain 2:00.83 Q
2 1 Amela Terzić   Serbia 2:00.99 Q, SB
3 6 Sahily Diago   Cuba 2:01.38
4 8 Angela Petty   New Zealand 2:02.40
5 7 Justine Fedronic   France 2:02.73
6 2 Olha Lyakhova   Ukraine 2:03.02
7 3 Florina Pierdevară   Romania 2:03.32
8 5 Ciara Everard   Ireland 2:07.91

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Caster Semenya   South Africa 1:59.31 Q
2 8 Ajee' Wilson   United States 1:59.44 Q, SB
3 5 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke   Great Britain 1:59.67 q
4 3 Wang Chunyu   China 1:59.93 q PB
5 1 Margarita Mukasheva   Kazakhstan 2:00.97
6 2 Claudia Bobocea   Romania 2:03.75
7 7a Rose Nathike Lokonyen   Refugee Olympic Team 2:16.64
8 7b Houleye Ba   Mauritania 2:43.52
6 Rababe Arafi   Morocco N/A DNF

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Selina Büchel   Switzerland 1:59.00 Q, SB
2 6 Margaret Wambui   Kenya 1:59.66 Q
3 4 Nataliya Pryshchepa   Ukraine 1:59.80 q
4 7 Gudaf Tsegay   Ethiopia 2:00.13
5 5 Sifan Hassan   Netherlands 2:00.27 SB
6 3 Tintu Lukka   India 2:00.58 SB
7 8 Selma Kajan   Australia 2:05.20
8 1 Tsepang Sello   Lesotho 2:10.22

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Melissa Bishop   Canada 1:58.38 Q
2 4 Maryna Arzamasava   Belarus 1:58.44 Q, SB
3 5 Habitam Alemu   Ethiopia 1:58.99 q, PB
4 7 Noélie Yarigo   Benin 1:59.12 q
5 2 Halimah Nakaayi   Uganda 1:59.78 q, PB
6 8 Aníta Hinriksdóttir   Iceland 2:00.14 NR
7 1 Christina Hering   Germany 2:01.04
8 6 Fatma El Sharnouby   Egypt 2:21.24

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Eunice Jepkoech Sum   Kenya 1:59.83 Q
2 2 Nataliia Lupu   Ukraine 1:59.91 Q
3 7 Kate Grace   United States 1:59.96 q
4 8 Renée Eykens   Belgium 2:00.00 q, PB
5 1 Tigist Assefa   Ethiopia 2:00.21 SB
6 6 Winnie Nanyondo   Uganda 2:02.77
7 4 Amna Bakhit   Sudan 2:07.65
8 5 Swe Li Myint Myint   Myanmar 2:16.98

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Angelika Cichocka   Poland 2:00.42 Q
2 1 Yusneysi Santiusti   Italy 2:00.45 Q
3 4 Rose Mary Almanza   Cuba 2:00.50
4 8 Malika Akkaoui   Morocco 2:00.52
5 7 Hedda Hynne   Norway 2:01.64
6 2 Déborah Rodríguez   Uruguay 2:01.86 SB
7 5 Simoya Campbell   Jamaica 2:02.07
8 6 Charline Mathias   Luxembourg 2:09.30

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Joanna Jóźwik   Poland 2:01.58 Q
2 6 Winny Chebet   Kenya 2:01.65 Q
3 8 Esther Guerrero   Spain 2:01.85
4 4 Lisneidy Veitia   Cuba 2:02.10
5 2 Rénelle Lamote   France 2:02.19
6 5 Eglė Balčiūnaitė   Lithuania 2:02.98 SB
7 7 Kenia Sinclair   Jamaica 2:03.76
8 3 Flávia de Lima   Brazil 2:03.78 SB

Heat 8Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Francine Niyonsaba   Burundi 1:59.84 Q
2 5 Lovisa Lindh   Sweden 2:00.04 Q, PB
3 8 Natoya Goule   Jamaica 2:00.49
4 3 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová   Slovakia 2:00.57 SB
5 7 Yuliya Karol   Belarus 2:01.09 PB
6 2 Chrishuna Williams   United States 2:01.19
7 1 Fabienne Kohlmann   Germany 2:05.36
8 6 Elisabeth Mandaba   Central African Republic 2:11.70 NR[5]

SemifinalsEdit

Progression rules: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Margaret Wambui   Kenya 1:59.21 Q
2 6 Francine Niyonsaba   Burundi 1:59.59 Q
3 7 Ajee' Wilson   United States 1:59.75
4 4 Nataliya Pryshchepa   Ukraine 1:59.95
5 1 Renée Eykens   Belgium 2:00.45
6 8 Halimah Nakaayi   Uganda 2:00.63
7 2 Yusneysi Santiusti   Italy 2:00.80
8 5 Angelika Cichocka   Poland 2:01.29

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Joanna Jóźwik   Poland 1:58.93 Q, SB
2 4 Melissa Bishop   Canada 1:59.05 Q
3 5 Selina Büchel   Switzerland 1:59.35
4 2 Lovisa Lindh   Sweden 1:59.41 PB
5 7 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke   Great Britain 1:59.45 SB
6 6 Habitam Alemu   Ethiopia 2:00.07
7 3 Eunice Jepkoech Sum   Kenya 2:00.88
8 8 Nataliia Lupu   Ukraine 2:02.10

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Caster Semenya   South Africa 1:58.15 Q
2 4 Lynsey Sharp   Great Britain 1:58.65 Q
3 6 Kate Grace   United States 1:58.79 q, PB
4 3 Maryna Arzamasava   Belarus 1:58.87 q
5 8 Noélie Yarigo   Benin 1:59.78
6 7 Winny Chebet   Kenya 2:01.90
7 2 Amela Terzić   Serbia 2:03.81
8 1 Wang Chunyu   China 2:04.05

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  3 Caster Semenya   South Africa 1:55.28 NR
  5 Francine Niyonsaba   Burundi 1:56.49
  4 Margaret Wambui   Kenya 1:56.89 PB
4 6 Melissa Bishop   Canada 1:57.02 NR
5 2 Joanna Jóźwik   Poland 1:57.37 PB
6 7 Lynsey Sharp   Great Britain 1:57.69 PB
7 8 Maryna Arzamasava   Belarus 1:59.10
8 1 Kate Grace   United States 1:59.57

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 800m". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/11/intersex-athletes-learn-will-forced-take-drugs-suppress-testosterone/
  3. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/athletics/tearful-lynsey-sharp-claims-difficult-8678992
  4. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/trackandfield/caster-semenya-appeal-verdict-1.5171447
  5. ^ "Women's 800m – Round 1 Heat 8 Results" (PDF). Rio 2016 official website. 17 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.