2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the 2015 World Championships
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 22 August (heats)
23 August (semifinals)
25 August (final)
Competitors 44 from 32 nations
Winning time 1:45.84
Medalists
gold medal    Kenya
silver medal    Poland
bronze medal    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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2017 →

The men's 800 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 22, 23 and 25 August.[1][2]

Summary[edit]

There is a definite change in this event. Returning silver medalist Nick Symmonds and returning bronze medalist Ayanleh Souleiman did not enter. Returning champion Mohammed Aman was disqualified for interference in the semi-final round. In fact, of the eight finalists in 2013, only Pierre-Ambroise Bosse returned to the final. Olympic silver medalist, the promising young Nijel Amos got pipped at the line in his slowest heat of the semi-finals and had to watch the final. World record holder David Rudisha did make the final winning that semi, but has not been running the times he ran during his world record years. The only other finalist with Olympic or World Championship 800 finals experience was 2011 sixth placer Adam Kszczot.

In the final, as world record holder, Rudisha commanded all eyeballs. The field expected Rudisha to lead and lead he did, but not to a 50-second first lap, but a very slow 54.15. For point of comparison, 54.15 was exactly the same time Mo Farah ran in the last lap of the 10,000 metres in these championships. With his compatriot Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich on his shoulder, the two acted as a wall at the front, but nobody else looked like they wanted to pass. 200 more metres went by at the slow pace, finally Kszczot tried to sneak by on the inside, but Rudisha wouldn't let him, accelerating to maintain the lead and continuing to speed up. With world leader and notable kicker Amel Tuka perfectly aligned to pounce, Rudisha just continued to speed up. Only Kszczot was able to follow but the entire field was losing ground.[3] Tuka's speed was not in evidence to the same degree as his previous races this season, instead straining to go around Cheruiyot to get the bronze medal. Tuka's medal was the first for Bosnia and Herzegovina. But it was the old guard 1-2 vs the newcomers.[4]

How did Rudisha's strategy work against these elite athletes? His last 200 metres was timed at 24.34, a speed most of these athletes are unfamiliar with at the end of a race. Even when a kicker like Tuka, or others with a similar strategy; Symmonds. Borzakovskiy, Robinson or Wottle runs by, they are passing slowing, depleted athletes with a 26+ or high 25 final 200. And most of these competitors are the ones slowing to make that final 200 from a kicker look so impressive.[5] Additionally, with the Kenyan's expert team tactics, Cherulyot's position caused everyone except Kszczot to have to run around Cherulyot at speeds they are not used to. Save Tuka's exceptional finishing speed, the strategy would have gotten Cherulyot a bronze medal.[6]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[7]

World record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 London, Great Britain 9 August 2012
Championship record  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.06 Rome, Italy 1 September 1987
World Leading  Amel Tuka (BIH) 1:42.51 Fontvieille, Monaco 17 July 2015
African Record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 London, Great Britain 9 August 2012
Asian Record  Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 1:42.79 Fontvieille, Monaco 29 July 2008
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:42.60 Koblenz, West Germany 28 August 1985
South American Record  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:41.77 Cologne, West Germany 26 August 1984
European Record  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Oceanian record  Peter Snell (NZL) 1:44.3 Christchurch, New Zealand 3 February 1962

Qualification standards[edit]

Entry standards[8]
1:46.00

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
22 August 2015 11:50 Heats
23 August 2015 20:15 Semifinals
25 August 2015 20:55 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: Best 3 (Q) and next 6 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.[9]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  Kenya (KEN) 1:45.83 Q
2 4 Amine El Manaoui  Morocco (MAR) 1:45.86 Q
3 4 Kevin López  Spain (ESP) 1:46.06 Q
4 4 Konstantin Tolokonnikov  Russia (RUS) 1:46.07 q
5 3 Amel Tuka  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 1:46.12 Q
6 3 Nader Belhanbel  Morocco (MAR) 1:46.23 Q
7 4 Marcin Lewandowski  Poland (POL) 1:46.25 q
8 3 Rafith Rodríguez  Colombia (COL) 1:46.39 Q
9 5 Adam Kszczot  Poland (POL) 1:46.62 Q
10 3 Erik Sowinski  United States (USA) 1:46.63 q
11 5 Alfred Kipketer  Kenya (KEN) 1:46.67 Q
12 3 Mark English  Ireland (IRL) 1:46.69 q
13 4 Thijmen Kupers  Netherlands (NED) 1:46.70 q
14 5 Jeffrey Riseley  Australia (AUS) 1:46.79 Q
15 5 Jena Umar  Ethiopia (ETH) 1:47.03 q
16 1 Nijel Amos  Botswana (BOT) 1:47.23 Q
17 3 Žan Rudolf  Slovenia (SLO) 1:47.24
18 1 Antoine Gakeme  Burundi (BDI) 1:47.47 Q
19 5 Abdelati El Guesse  Morocco (MAR) 1:47.49
20 1 Ali Al-Deraan  Saudi Arabia (KSA) 1:47.65 Q
21 4 Musa Hajdari  Kosovo (KOS) 1:47.70 NR[a]
22 2 Mohammed Aman  Ethiopia (ETH) 1:47.87 Q
23 2 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  France (FRA) 1:47.89 Q
24 1 Robin Schembera  Germany (GER) 1:48.04
25 5 Andreas Almgren  Sweden (SWE) 1:48.06
26 2 Clayton Murphy  United States (USA) 1:48.08 Q
27 2 Giordano Benedetti  Italy (ITA) 1:48.15
28 2 Jozef Repčík  Slovakia (SVK) 1:48.26
29 6 David Rudisha  Kenya (KEN) 1:48.31 Q
30 6 Abraham Rotich  Bahrain (BHR) 1:48.42 Q
31 4 Brice Etès  Monaco (MON) 1:48.52
32 6 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla  Qatar (QAT) 1:48.59 Q
33 5 Reinhardt van Rensburg  South Africa (RSA) 1:48.61
34 6 Michael Rimmer  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 1:48.70
35 1 Josh Ralph  Australia (AUS) 1:48.90
36 6 Andreas Bube  Denmark (DEN) 1:48.94
37 2 Jamal Hairane  Qatar (QAT) 1:48.96
38 1 Casimir Loxsom  United States (USA) 1:48.97
39 6 Artur Kuciapski  Poland (POL) 1:49.22
40 1 Khalid Benmahdi  Algeria (ALG) 1:49.61
41 2 Kyle Langford  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 1:49.78
42 6 Cleiton Abrão  Brazil (BRA) 1:49.79
43 2 Adnan Taess  Iraq (IRQ) 1:54.44 SB
44 6 Wais Ibrahim Khairandesh  Afghanistan (AFG) 1:59.51
3 Alex Amankwah  Ghana (GHA) DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advanced to the final.[10]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Amel Tuka  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 1.44.84 Q
2 3 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  Kenya (KEN) 1:44.85 Q
3 1 Adam Kszczot  Poland (POL) 1:44.97 Q
4 1 Alfred Kipketer  Kenya (KEN) 1:44.99 Q
5 1 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  France (FRA) 1:45.02 q
6 3 Nader Belhanbel  Morocco (MAR) 1:45.28 q
7 3 Marcin Lewandowski  Poland (POL) 1:45.34
8 3 Mark English  Ireland (IRL) 1:45.55
9 3 Rafith Rodríguez  Colombia (COL) 1:45.63
10 1 Kevin López  Spain (ESP) 1:45.84
11 1 Amine El Manaoui  Morocco (MAR) 1:46.09
12 1 Clayton Murphy  United States (USA) 1:46.28
13 3 Erik Sowinski  United States (USA) 1:47.16
14 2 David Rudisha  Kenya (KEN) 1:47.70 Q
15 1 Thijmen Kupers  Netherlands (NED) 1:47.74
16 2 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla  Qatar (QAT) 1:47.93 Q
17 2 Nijel Amos  Botswana (BOT) 1:47.96
18 2 Konstantin Tolokonnikov  Russia (RUS) 1:48.32
19 2 Abraham Rotich  Bahrain (BHR) 1:48.61
20 3 Jena Umar  Ethiopia (ETH) 1:48.68
21 2 Ali Al-Deraan  Saudi Arabia (KSA) 1:48.71
22 2 Antoine Gakeme  Burundi (BDI) 1:48.86
1 Mohammed Aman  Ethiopia (ETH) DQ R163.2[11]
2 Jeffrey Riseley  Australia (AUS) DNS

Final[edit]

The final was started at 20:55.[12]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) David Rudisha  Kenya (KEN) 1:45.84
2nd, silver medalist(s) Adam Kszczot  Poland (POL) 1:46.08
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Amel Tuka  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 1:46.30
4 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  Kenya (KEN) 1:46.35
5 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  France (FRA) 1:46.63
6 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla  Qatar (QAT) 1:47.01
7 Nader Belhanbel  Morocco (MAR) 1:47.09
8 Alfred Kipketer  Kenya (KEN) 1:47.66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ "REPORT: MEN'S 800M FINAL – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "David Rudisha wins 800m gold at world championships". Guardian. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "World Championships 2015: Rudisha wins second world title". BBC Sport. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDFoVqrwM5c
  7. ^ "Records & Lists – 800 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  8. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 17 August 2015 
  9. ^ Heats results
  10. ^ Semifinals results
  11. ^ Jostling/obstruction
  12. ^ Final results
  1. ^ By IAAF official website. Kosovo Athletic Federation mentioned result from 2014 (1:47.40), before a recognition by IAAF