1991 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 800 metres

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These are the official results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 42 participating athletes, with three qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday August 27, 1991.

In the final, against character, Mark Everett, in a dark blue USA uniform took the lead at the break squeezing out José Luíz Barbosa. Along the home stretch, Johnny Gray in a white USA uniform worked his way around Barbosa and then Everett to take the lead just before the bell completing the first lap in 51.01. Through the turn, Barbosa passed Everett, followed by Paul Ereng and eventually most of the field as Everett went backward. As Piotr Piekarski was the sixth runner to go by Everett, he began to resist. At the beginning of the final turn, Barbosa caught Gray and went around, followed closely by Ereng, Gray began straining, his long strides half speed to the others who were running around him. Billy Konchellah was the next to pass Gray through the turn and sprinting wide on the outside, Everett had come back to challenge. Barbosa had a 2-meter lead and was running along the rail for the finish, followed by Ereng. Barbosa steadily pulled away from Ereng but Konchellah sprinting along the outside made up 5 metres and caught Barbosa 6 metres before the finish line to take the win. Behind him, Everett came sprinting, arm flopping, past Ereng to take the bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Kenya Billy Konchellah
Kenya (KEN)
Silver Brazil José Luíz Barbosa
Brazil (BRA)
Bronze United States Mark Everett
United States (CAN)

Schedule[edit]

Heats
25.08.1991 – 17:35h
Semifinals
26.08.1991 – 18:15h
Final
27.08.1991 – 19:50h

Records[edit]

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:41.73 Florence, Italy June 10, 1981
Championship Record  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.06 Rome, Italy September 1, 1987

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.99
Med 2.png  José Luíz Barbosa (BRA) 1:44.24
Med 3.png  Mark Everett (USA) 1:44.67
4.  Paul Ereng (KEN) 1:44.75
5.  Piotr Piekarski (POL) 1:45.44
6.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:45.67
7.  Andrey Sudnik (URS) 1:46.36
8.  Tomás de Teresa (ESP) 1:47.65

Semi-Finals[edit]

  • Held on Monday 1991-08-26
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:46.86
2.  Mark Everett (USA) 1:46.96
3.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:47.04
4.  Piotr Piekarski (POL) 1:47.14
5.  Freddie Williams (CAN) 1:47.17
6.  Robert Kibet (KEN) 1:47.36
7.  Frédéric Cornette (FRA) 1:48.04
8.  Steve Heard (GBR) 1:49.91


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  José Luíz Barbosa (BRA) 1:45.42
2.  Paul Ereng (KEN) 1:45.84
3.  Tomás de Teresa (ESP) 1:45.84
4.  Andrey Sudnik (URS) 1:45.91
5.  George Kersh (USA) 1:45.98
6.  Mbiganyi Thee (BOT) 1:46.30
7.  Joachim Dehmel (GER) 1:47.91
8.  Brian Whittle (GBR) 1:54.14

Qualifying heats[edit]

  • Held on Sunday 1991-08-25
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:47.35
2.  Mark Everett (USA) 1:47.37
3.  Tom McKean (GBR) 1:47.38
4.  Desta Asgedom (ETH) 1:48.28
5.  Fabian Franco (GIB) 1:54.29
6.  Charles Nkazamyampi (BDI) 4:13.28
 Ismael Youssef (QAT) DQ


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Paul Ereng (KEN) 1:45.94
2.  Tomás de Teresa (ESP) 1:46.41
3.  Slobodan Popović (YUG) 1:46.89
4.  Valeriy Starodubtsev (URS) 1:47.55
5.  Ari Suhonen (FIN) 1:48.15
6.  Luis Martinez (GUA) 1:49.07 (NR)
 Ibrahim Okash (SOM) DNS


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Robert Kibet (KEN) 1:50.13
2.  Brian Whittle (GBR) 1:50.30
3.  Luis Javier González (ESP) 1:50.46
4.  Reda Abdenouz (ALG) 1:50.47
5.  Pablo Squella (CHI) 1:50.92
6.  Luis Migueles (ARG) 1:51.42
7.  Samson Vallabouy (MAS) 1:51.46


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  George Kersh (USA) 1:47.00
2.  Frédéric Cornette (FRA) 1:47.02
3.  Ahmed Belkessam (ALG) 1:47.06
4.  Esko Parpala (FIN) 1:47.28
5.  Babacar Niang (SEN) 1:47.75
6.  Dale Jones (ATG) 1:48.62
 Dieudonné Kwizera (BDI) DNS


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  José Luíz Barbosa (BRA) 1:45.68
2.  Freddie Williams (CAN) 1:45.83
3.  Mbiganyi Thee (BOT) 1:45.94
4.  Joachim Dehmel (GER) 1:46.24
5.  Steve Heard (GBR) 1:46.29
6.  Tommy Asinga (SUR) 1:47.33
 João N'Tyamba (ANG) DQ


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:46.59
2.  Piotr Piekarski (POL) 1:46.63
3.  Andrey Sudnik (URS) 1:46.77
4.  Giuseppe D'Urso (ITA) 1:46.82
5.  Markus Trinkler (SUI) 1:47.67
6.  Antonio Abrantes (POR) 1:47.91
7.  Douglas Kalembo (ZAM) 1:48.26

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