2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 800 metres
|Events at the
2011 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The three fastest times prior to the championships were all run at the Russian national trials, with Mariya Savinova leading the rankings with 1:56.95 minutes, followed by Yuliya Rusanova and Ekaterina Kostetskaya. However, Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica and Britain's Jenny Meadows had been the leading athletes on the Diamond League circuit. Caster Semenya, the 2009 champion, was among the fastest that year, but had been affected by injury and an 11-month career break due to gender verification tests. Moroccan Halima Hachlaf and American champion Alysia Johnson Montano were highly ranked, while reigning Olympic and World silver medallist Janeth Jepkosgei was another prominent competitor.
It took under 1:59 just to make the final. Led by defending champion, Semenya, the three Russians all qualified, along with two Americans, returning silver medalist Jepkosgei (now running under her married name of Busienei) and Kenia Sinclair, leaving previous Bronze medalist Jenny Meadows as the fastest non-qualifier.
In the final, Busienei led through a fast 55.86 second first lap, followed by Sinclair and Alysia Johnson Montaño. On the backstretch, defending champion Semenya cruised past the field taking the lead with about 180 metres to go. She continued to pull away, but not emphatically. Savinova had trailed the field and followed Semenya as she moved up, then kicked it into gear on the final straightaway, easing past Semenya without challenge. Montaño took a dive at the finish line but was unable to beat Busienei for the bronze.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|World record||Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH)||1:53.28||Munich, West Germany||26 July 1983|
|Championship record||Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH)||1:54.68||Helsinki, Finland||9 August 1983|
|World Leading||Mariya Savinova (RUS)||1:56.95||Cheboksary, Russia||22 July 2011|
|African Record||Pamela Jelimo (KEN)||1:54.01||Zürich, Switzerland||29 August 2008|
|Asian Record||Dong Liu (CHN)||1:55.54||Beijing, China||9 September 1993|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB)||1:54.44||Barcelona, Spain||9 September 1989|
|South American record||Letitia Vriesde (SUR)||1:56.68||Gothenburg, Sweden||13 August 1995|
|European Record||Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH)||1:53.28||Munich, West Germany||26 July 1983|
|Oceanian record||Toni Hodgkinson (NZL)||1:58.25||Atlanta, GA, United States||27 July 1996|
|A time||B time|
|September 1, 2011||11:40||Heats|
|September 2, 2011||19:25||Semifinals|
|September 4, 2011||20:15||Final|
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.
Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.
|1||3||Caster Semenya||South Africa||1:58.07||Q, SB|
|3||2||Janeth Jepkosgei||Kenya||1:58.50||Q, SB|
|5||2||Alysia Johnson Montaño||United States||1:58.67||q|
|8||1||Maggie Vessey||United States||1:58.98||Q|
|9||1||Jenny Meadows||Great Britain||1:59.07|
|12||2||Emma Jackson||Great Britain||1:59.77||PB|
|13||1||Eunice Jepkoech Sum||Kenya||1:59.94|
|16||3||Alice Schmidt||United States||2:01.16|
|19||3||Marilyn Okoro||Great Britain||2:01.54|
|Caster Semenya||South Africa||1:56.35||SB|
|4||Alysia Johnson Montaño||United States||1:57.48||SB|
|6||Maggie Vessey||United States||1:58.50||SB|
- Martin, David (2011-08-22). Women's 800m – PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
- Oscar Pistorius selected by South Africa for world championships. The Guardian (2011-08-08). Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
- 800 metres results at IAAF website