Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres
|Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Dates||August 25 to August 28|
|Competitors||79 from 62 nations|
|Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|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 final was tactical, like the previous several Olympics with most athletes running faster to qualify than they ran in the final. Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Mouhssin Chehibi lagged significantly off the pace as world champion Djabir Saïd-Guerni and 2004 world leader Wilfred Bungei battled for the lead, chased closely by Bungei's second cousin, world record holder Wilson Kipketer. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi had lucked into the slowest qualifying time in the semi final round, ran comfortably in a box inside of Kipketer through 500 meters as Borzakovskiy and Chehibi joined the back of the pack. Guerni fell back as the cousins battled for the lead through the final turn, with Mulaudzi a step back and Borzakovskiy the final athlete in the breakaway. Coming off the turn, Kipketer pounced and took off for the finish in lane 2. But the always fast closing Borzakovskiy came along the outside from 5 meters back to catch Kipketer 30 meters out. Not giving up the fight, Mulaudzi pulled even with Kipketer. Borzakovskiy held his hands up with a meter victory, while Mulaudzi out leaned Kipketer for silver.
|World record||Wilson Kipketer (DEN)||1:41.11||Cologne, Germany||24 August 1997|
|Olympic record||Vebjorn Rodal (NOR)||1:42.58||Atlanta, USA||29 July 1996|
From the initial nine heats the first two in each plus six fastest losers progressed through to the semi-finals.
The final was made up of the first two finishers from each of the semi-finals plus two fastest losers.
All times shown are in minutes:seconds.
Q denotes automatic qualification.
q denotes fastest losers.
DNS denotes did not start.
DNF denotes did not finish.
NR denotes national record.
PB denotes personal best.
SB denotes seasons best.
|3||2||Mouhssin Chehibi||Morocco||1:44.62||q, PB|
|5||2||Hezekiél Sepeng||South Africa||1:44.75||q|
|6||3||Ismail Ahmed Ismail||Sudan||1:45.45||Q|
|11||1||Mbulaeni Mulaudzi||South Africa||1:46.09||Q|
|12||3||Jean Patrick Nduwimana||Burundi||1:46.15|
|13||1||Antonio Manuel Reina||Spain||1:46.17|
|16||3||Ricky Soos||Great Britain||1:46.74|
|22||3||Osmar dos Santos||Brazil||1:48.23|
|23||3||Jonathan Johnson||United States||1:50.10|
|Mbulaeni Mulaudzi||South Africa||1:44.61||SB|
|6||Hezekiél Sepeng||South Africa||1:45.53|
|8||Ismail Ahmed Ismail||Sudan||1:52.49|