Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Competitors 43
Winning time 1:56.38
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Morocco
Bronze medal    Slovenia
«2000 2008»
Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 800 metres at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics was won by Briton Kelly Holmes, who ran a tactical race, coming from the back of the field. Hasna Benhassi of Morocco and Jolanda Čeplak of Slovenia finished strongly, taking Silver and Bronze respectively, and beating defending champion, pre-race favourite and Holmes' training partner, Maria de Lurdes Mutola of Mozambique, who finished fourth.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.

World record Czechoslovakia 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

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 2 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.64 Q, PB
2 2 Agnes Samaria Namibia 2:00.05 Q
3 2 Élisabeth Grousselle France 2:00.31 Q
4 2 Natalya Khrushchelyova Russia 2:00.56 q
5 5 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 2:00.61 Q
6 3 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 2:00.81 Q
6 5 Mayte Martínez Spain 2:00.81 Q
8 5 Nicole Teter United States 2:01.16 Q
9 2 Diane Cummins Canada 2:01.19 q
10 1 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 2:01.20 Q
11 3 Jearl Miles Clark United States 2:01.33 Q
12 5 Luciana de Paula Mendes Brazil 2:01.36 q
13 1 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 2:01.50 Q
14 3 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:01.52 Q
15 3 Letitia Vriesde Suriname 2:01.70 q
16 1 Tetyana Petlyuk Ukraine 2:02.07 Q
17 1 Marian Burnett Guyana 2:02.12 q
18 5 Lucia Klocova Slovakia 2:02.17 q
19 1 Nedia Semedo Portugal 2:02.61
20 3 Tamsyn Lewis Australia 2:02.67
21 2 Miho Sugimori Japan 2:02.82
22 5 Binnaz Uslu Turkey 2:03.46
23 4 Svetlana Cherkasova Russia 2:03.60 Q
24 4 Amina Aït Hammou Morocco 2:03.70 Q
25 4 Joanne Fenn Great Britain 2:03.72 Q
26 6 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 2:03.77 Q
27 4 Claudia Gesell Germany 2:03.87
28 6 Seltana Aït Hammou Morocco 2:03.95 Q
29 4 Akosua Serwaa Ghana 2:03.96
30 6 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 2:03.99 Q
31 6 Anita Bragger Switzerland 2:04.00
32 6 Hazel Clark United States 2:05.67
33 6 Noelly Mankatu Bibiche DR Congo 2:06.23
34 4 Faith Macharia Kenya 2:06.31
35 3 Tatyana Roslanova Kazakhstan 2:06.39
36 1 Olga Cristea Moldova 2:08.97
37 2 Adama Njie The Gambia 2:10.02
38 1 Marlyse Nsourou Gabon 2:12.35 NR
39 6 Tanya Blake Malta 2:19.34
40 5 Marie-Lyne Joseph Dominica 2:20.23
41 4 Emilia Mikue Ondo Equatorial Guinea 2:22.88
42 3 Sanna Abubkheet Palestine 2:32.10
3 Anhel Cape Guinea-Bissau DNF

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 1:57.98 Q, SB
2 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 1:58.41 Q
3 Jearl Miles Clark United States 1:58.71 q
4 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 1:59.21 q, SB
5 Agnes Samaria Namibia 1:59.37 SB
6 Élisabeth Grousselle France 2:00.21
7 Amina Aït Hammou Morocco 2:00.66
8 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:00.94

Leader after 400m:  Jearl Miles Clark (USA) - 57.18

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 1:58.59 Q, SB
2 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 1:58.80 Q
3 Tetyana Petlyuk Ukraine 1:59.48 PB
4 Nicole Teter United States 1:59.50
5 Natalya Khrushchelyova Russia 2:00.68
6 Lucia Klocova Slovakia 2:00.79 SB
7 Marian Burnett Guyana 2:02.21
8 Mayte Martínez Spain 2:03.30

Leader after 400m:  Jolanda Čeplak (SLO) - 57.85

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 1:59.30 Q
2 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.44 Q, PB
3 Svetlana Cherkasova Russia 1:59.80
4 Diane Cummins Canada 2:00.30
5 Joanne Fenn Great Britain 2:00.60
6 Seltana Aït Hammou Morocco 2:00.64
7 Luciana de Paula Mendes Brazil 2:02.00
8 Letitia Vriesde Suriname 2:06.95

Leader after 400m:  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) - 57.84

Final[edit]

The final started with a fast first 200 metres, but Kelly Holmes and Maria de Lurdes Mutola were last at this stage. As the pace slowed, Mutola and Holmes moved forwards through the field. The time at 400 metres was 56.37 seconds, with American Jearl Miles Clark leading. They entered the finishing straight with Mutola taking the lead, before Holmes took the lead and held off Mutola to take gold. Hasna Benhassi and Jolanda Čeplak finished strongly, both with a time of 1:56.43s, Benhassi winning silver in a photo finish. Mutola was forced into fourth place. Holmes' face lit up as she crossed the line, but then, unsure of the result, she anxiously waited for the times to come up.

Holmes had only decided to enter the 800 metres at the last moment, and went on to also win gold in her preferred event, the 1500 m. This feat made her one of the UK's most successful ever athletes ; the Olympic 800/1500 metres double was never accomplished by any of their great 1980s middle distance trio, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett or Steve Cram.

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 1:56.38 SB
2 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 1:56.43 NR
3 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 1:56.43 SB
4 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 1:56.51 SB
5 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 1:56.88
6 Jearl Miles Clark United States 1:57.27 SB
7 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.62
8 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 2:00.95

Leader after 400m:  Jearl Miles Clark (USA) - 56.37

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