800 metres final in Daegu 2011.
|World||David Rudisha 1:40.91 (2012)|
|Olympic||David Rudisha 1:40.91 (2012)|
|World||Jarmila Kratochvílová 1:53.28 (1983)|
|Olympic||Nadezhda Olizarenko 1:53.43 (1980)|
The 800 metre race (or 800 metres) is a common track running event. It is the shortest common middle distance track event. The 800 metres is run over two laps of the track (400 metre track) and has always been an Olympic event. During indoor track season the event is usually run on a 200 metre track, therefore requiring four laps. 800 m is almost exactly half a mile.
The event combines aerobic endurance with anaerobic conditioning and sprint speed. Both the aerobic and anaerobic systems are being taxed to a high extent, thus the 800 metre athlete is required to combine training between both systems.
 Race tactics
The 800 m event is also known for its tactical racing techniques. Because the 800 m event is the fastest event that has all the runners converge on lane one, positioning on the cut in is critical to the outcome of the race. It is commonly believed that getting the first or second position early in the race is advantageous as these positions are not usually caught up in the pack. Often the winner of 800 m races at high levels are not determined by the strongest man but instead by the man with the best positioning near the end of the race. This can lead to the most exciting aspect of the 800 m which is its high probability of an upset.
800 m runners are often fast enough to run in the 4 × 400 m relay but only Alberto Juantorena and Jarmila Kratochvílová have won major international titles at 400 m and 800 m. Competing successfully at 800 m and 1500 m is more common.
World record for men:
World record for women:
World junior record (19 and under) for men:
World junior record (19 and under) for women:
 Top ten all-time athletes on the men's 800 m
Updated August 2012
|1||1:40.91||David Rudisha||Kenya||9 August 2012||London|||
|2||1:41.11||Wilson Kipketer||Denmark||24 August 1997||Cologne|
|3||1:41.73||Sebastian Coe||United Kingdom||10 June 1981||Florence|
|Nijel Amos||Botswana||9 August 2012||London|||
|5||1:41.77||Joaquim Cruz||Brazil||26 August 1984||Cologne|
|6||1:42.23||Abubaker Kaki Khamis||Sudan||4 June 2010||Oslo|||
|7||1:42.28||Sammy Koskei||Kenya||26 August 1984||Cologne|
|8||1:42.34||Wilfred Bungei||Kenya||8 September 2002||Rieti|
|9||1:42.47||Yuriy Borzakovskiy||Russia||24 August 2001||Brussels|
|10||1:42.53||Timothy Kitum||Kenya||9 August 2012||London|||
|Mohammed Aman||Ethiopia||30 August 2012||Zurich|||
 Top ten all-time athletes on the women's 800 m
Updated April 2010.
|1||1:53.28||Jarmila Kratochvílová||Czechoslovakia||26 July 1983||Munich|
|2||1:53.43||Nadezhda Olizarenko||Soviet Union||27 July 1980||Moscow|
|3||1:54.01||Pamela Jelimo||Kenya||29 August 2008||Zürich|
|4||1:54.44||Ana Fidelia Quirot||Cuba||9 September 1989||Barcelona|
|5||1:54.81||Olga Mineyeva||Soviet Union||27 July 1980||Moscow|
|6||1:54.94||Tatyana Kazankina||Soviet Union||26 July 1976||Montreal|
|7||1:55.05||Doina Melinte||Romania||1 August 1982||Bucharest|
|8||1:55.19||Maria de Lurdes Mutola||Mozambique||17 August 1994||Zürich|
|Jolanda Čeplak||Slovenia||20 July 2002||Heusden-Zolder|
|10||1:55.26||Sigrun Wodars||East Germany||31 August 1987||Rome|
 Best year performance
 Men's seasons best (outdoor)
 Women's seasons best (outdoor)
 See also
- "800 Metres Results". IAAF. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "800 Metres Results". www.diamondleague-oslo.com. 2010-06-04. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Bolt dashes 19.66, Aman defeats Rudisha in Zürich". IAAF. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "800m". diamondleague-zurich.com. Weltklasse Zürich. Retrieved 13 November 2012.