Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 6–9 August
Competitors 56 from 44 nations
Winning time 1:40.91 WR
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Botswana
Bronze medal    Kenya
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The Men's 800 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–9 August.[1]

Reigning world champion David Rudisha won the race in 1:40.91, becoming the first person to break 1:41 and improving on his own world record (the first world record in an Olympic men's 800m final since 1976). The reigning world junior champion Nigel Amos finished second in 1:41.73, establishing a new world junior record and Botswanan national record. In an exceptionally fast final, all runners except Abubaker Kaki (who ran a seasonal best) set personal bests, including three national records (Kenya, Botswana, and Ethiopia). The finishing times were the fastest recorded for each placing and it constituted the first time that eight athletes ran under 1:44 in the same race. All the athletes in the race produced times that would have won the final in Beijing.[2]

Rudisha led from the start of the race, easing from lane 4 to the break with a determined Kaki in tow. By the halfway mark in 49.28 Mohammed Aman lined up off Kaki's shoulder. During the next 200 meters, Rudisha put a gap on the field and Kaki began falling back. The scramble was on to see who had anything left or, like Kaki, who would pay the price. As Rudisha showed the strain of his effort, Nigel Amos and Timothy Kitum started to make up a little of the ground Rudisha had built up. Running at the back of the field, Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds made a late run, finishing just a step out of the medals.

Amos' silver medal was the first Olympic medal ever for Botswana.[3]

Competition format[edit]

The competition had seven heats in the first round, three semi-finals and a final.[4] The top three in the first round heats progressed, as did the three fastest non-qualifiers. The top two finishers in the semi-final race reached the finals and the two fastest runners outside these runners made up the eight finalists.[5]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:41.01 Rieti, Italy 29 August 2010
Olympic record  Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58 Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996
2012 World leading  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:41.54 Paris, France 6 July 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
9 August Final David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91 WR,OR

The following National records were set during the competition.

Kenya National Record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 s
Botswana National Record  Nijel Amos (BOT) 1:41.73 s
Ethiopia National Record  Mohammed Aman (ETH) 1:43.20 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Monday, 6 August 2012 10:50 Round 1
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:55 Semifinals
Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:00 Finals


Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Nijel Amos Botswana 1:45.90 Q
2 Fabiano Pecanha Brazil 1:46.29 Q
3 Luis Alberto Marco Spain 1:46.86 Q
4 Khadevis Robinson United States 1:47.17
5 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:47.64 q[7]
6 Ivan Tukhtachev Russia 1:49.77
7 Derek Mandell Guam 1:58.94
N/A Mohammad Al-Azemi Kuwait N/A DQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 David Rudisha Kenya 1:45.90 Q
2 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla Qatar 1:46.37 Q
3 Andrew Osagie Great Britain 1:46.42 Q
4 Wesley Vazquez Puerto Rico 1:46.45
5 Jeffrey Riseley Australia 1:46.99
6 Ismail Ahmed Ismail Sudan 1:48.79
7 Anis Ananenka Belarus 1:49.61
8 Samorn Kieng Cambodia 1:55.26 SB

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:45.51 Q
2 Timothy Kitum Kenya 1:45.72 Q
3 Abdulaziz Mohammed Saudi Arabia 1:46.09 Q
4 Andy González Cuba 1:46.24 q
5 Gareth Warburton Great Britain 1:46.97
6 Tamás Kazi Hungary 1:47.10 SB
7 Sören Ludolph Germany 1:48.57
8 Arnold Sorina Vanuatu 1:54.29

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Nick Symmonds United States 1:45.91 Q
2 Geoffrey Harris Canada 1:45.97 Q
3 Adam Kszczot Poland 1:45.99 Q
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse France 1:46.03 q
5 Yuriy Borzakovskiy Russia 1:46.29 q
6 Andreas Bube Denmark 1:46.40
7 Manuel Antonio Angola 1:52.54
N/A Brice Etes Monaco N/A DQ

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Hamada Mohamed Egypt 1:48.05 Q
2 Sajad Moradi Iran 1:48.23 Q
3 Kevin Lopez Spain 1:48.27 Q
4 Masato Yokota Japan 1:48.48
5 Michael Rimmer Great Britain 1:49.05
6 Moussa Camara Mali 1:51.36
7 Edgar Cortez Nicaragua 1:58.99
N/A Taoufik Makhloufi Algeria N/A DNF

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Mohammed Aman Ethiopia 1:47.34 Q
2 Anthony Chemut Kenya 1:47.42 Q
3 Antonio Manuel Reina Spain 1:47.44 Q
4 Rafith Rodriguez Colombia 1:47.70
5 Adnan Taess Akkar Iraq 1:47.83
6 Amine El Manaoui Morocco 1:48.48
7 Prince Mumba Zambia 1:49.07
8 Erzhan Askarov Kyrgyzstan 1:59.56

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Duane Solomon United States 1:46.05 Q
2 Robert Lathouwers Netherlands 1:46.06 Q
3 André Olivier South Africa 1:46.42 Q
4 Jakub Holuša Czech Republic 1:46.87
5 Julius Mutekanga Uganda 1:48.41
6 Moise Joseph Haiti 1:48.46
7 Benjamín Enzema Equatorial Guinea 1:57.47
N/A Kleberson Davide Brazil N/A DNS


Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:44.51 Q
2 Nijel Amos Botswana 1:44.54 Q
3 Adam Kszczot Poland 1:45.34
4 Anthony Chemut Kenya 1:45.63
5 Robert Lathouwers Netherlands 1:45.85
6 Luis Alberto Marco Spain 1:46.19
7 Fabiano Pecanha Brazil 1:46.29
N/A Sajad Moradi Iran N/A DQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 David Rudisha Kenya 1:44.35 Q
2 Andrew Osagie Great Britain 1:44.74 Q
3 Nick Symmonds United States 1:44.87 q
4 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:45.08
5 Yuriy Borzakovskiy Russia 1:45.09 SB
6 Kevin Lopez Spain 1:46.66
7 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla Qatar 1:47.52
8 Hamada Mohamed Egypt 1:48.18
9 Andy Gonzalez Cuba 1:53.46

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Mohammed Aman Ethiopia 1:44.34 Q
2 Timothy Kitum Kenya 1:44.63 Q
3 Duane Solomon United States 1:44.93 q
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse France 1:45.10
5 André Olivier South Africa 1:45.44
6 Antonio Manuel Reina Spain 1:45.84
7 Geoffrey Harris Canada 1:46.14
8 Abdulaziz Mohammed Saudi Arabia 1:48.98


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91 WR
2nd Nijel Amos Botswana 1:41.73 WJR, NR
3rd Timothy Kitum Kenya 1:42.53 PB
4 Duane Solomon United States 1:42.82 PB
5 Nick Symmonds United States 1:42.95 PB
6 Mohammed Aman Ethiopia 1:43.20 NR
7 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:43.32 SB
8 Andrew Osagie Great Britain 1:43.77 PB


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  4. ^ "Men's 800m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "800m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
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  7. ^ Advanced by judges decision after being pushed by Al-Azemi.