Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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These are the official results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The event took place between 3 and 6 August.

With four notable front runners in the race the battle to the break was important. Edwin Koech on the far outside and Joaquim Cruz went out hard around the first turn, with Earl Jones and Johnny Gray to the inside. Cruz, Jones and Gray converged at the same spot, Gray getting the short end of the stick and suddenly losing ground to the back of the field, then Koech converged from the outside, closing the door on Cruz and Jones, with Cruz edging ahead of Jones as contact was made causing Cruz to jump 200 metres into the race. The lead group was marked by British rivals, defending champion Steve Ovett and world record holder Sebastian Coe. They held that order through the next 200 metres, only upset by Gray long striding along the outside up to Coe's shoulder. Gray's added speed seemed to force the leaders to run faster to stay ahead of him, while Ovett withered out the back of the field. With 200 to go Gray seemed to tighten up, frustrated that his hard effort only netted him fifth place. Through the turn, Cruz inched closer to Koech, still marked by Coe and Jones. When Cruz pounced coming off the turn, Koech wilted, outside of him Coe and Jones were in a shoulder to shoulder sprint battle. Cruz had won the war, sprinting away to a clear 5 metre victory. Coe was able to make a slight gain on Jones to take silver. Jones still held off a late charge by Billy Konchellah for bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Joaquim Cruz
 Brazil
Silver Sebastian Coe
 Great Britain
Bronze Earl Jones
 United States

Abbreviations[edit]

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:41.73 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Florence (ITA) June 10, 1981
Olympic Record 1:43.50 Cuba Alberto Juantorena Montreal (CAN) July 25, 1976

In the final Joaquim Cruz set a new Olympic record with 1:43.00 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Joaquim Cruz  Brazil 1:45.66 Q
2 2 Sebastian Coe  Great Britain 1:45.71 Q
3 2 Omer Khalifa  Sudan 1:45.81 Q
4 2 Colomán Trabado  Spain 1:46.00 Q
5 2 Riccardo Materazzi  Italy 1:46.03 q
6 9 Billy Konchellah  Kenya 1:46.27 Q
7 5 Steve Ovett  Great Britain 1:46.66 Q
8 8 Juma Ndiwa  Kenya 1:46.73 Q
9 2 Marcus O'Sullivan  Ireland 1:46.85 q
10 8 William Wuycke  Venezuela 1:46.88 Q
11 1 Babacar Niang  Senegal 1:46.90 Q
12 1 Abdi Bile  Somalia 1:46.92 Q
13 3 Owen Hamilton  Jamaica 1:46.95 Q
14 9 Peter Elliott  Great Britain 1:46.98 Q
15 1 Donato Sabia  Italy 1:47.04 Q
16 7 Edwin Koech  Kenya 1:47.11 Q
17 9 José Luíz Barbosa  Brazil 1:47.12 Q
18 6 Johnny Gray  United States 1:47.19 Q
19 8 Mohamed Alouini  Tunisia 1:47.20 Q
20 6 Pat Scammell  Australia 1:47.24 Q
21 1 Sotirios Moutsanas  Greece 1:47.32 q
22 6 Marco Mayr  Switzerland 1:47.36 Q
23 6 Ahmed Belkessam  Algeria 1:47.51 q
24 7 Hans-Peter Ferner  West Germany 1:47.55 Q
25 9 Bruce Roberts  Canada 1:47.56 q
26 5 Oslen Barr  Guyana 1:47.65 Q
27 7 Agberto Guimarães  Brazil 1:47.72 Q
28 8 Simon Hoogewerf  Canada 1:47.74
29 4 Earl Jones  United States 1:47.75 Q
30 4 Faouzi Lahbi  Morocco 1:47.81 Q
31 7 Mark Handelsman  Israel 1:47.90
32 3 Moussa Fall  Senegal 1:47.91 Q
33 3 John Marshall  United States 1:47.99 Q
34 5 Benjamín González  Spain 1:48.01
35 4 Philippe Dupont  France 1:48.09 Q
36 1 Joseph Ramotshabi  Botswana 1:48.17
37 5 Batulamai Rajakumar  Malaysia 1:48.19
38 3 Jama Aden  Somalia 1:48.64
39 2 Archfell Musango  Zambia 1:48.84
40 4 Axel Harries  West Germany 1:48.92
41 8 Taplumanei Jonga  Zimbabwe 1:49.59
42 3 Peter Pearless  New Zealand 1:49.95
43 5 Isaac Ganunga  Malawi 1:51.25
44 6 Meesaq Rizvi  Pakistan 1:51.29
45 9 Charles Borromeo  India 1:51.52
46 9 Dale Jones  Antigua and Barbuda 1:51.52
47 1 André Titos  Mozambique 1:51.73
48 5 Francisco Figueredo  Portugal 1:52.22
49 1 Samuel Sawny  Grenada 1:53.08
50 8 Charlie Oliver  Solomon Islands 1:53.22
51 7 Jerry Molyneaux  British Virgin Islands 1:53.23
52 7 Jean-Marie Rudasingwa  Rwanda 1:53.23
53 5 Siegfried Cruden  Suriname 1:53.31
54 4 Mouteb Al-Faouri  Jordan 1:53.89
55 2 Leopoldo Acosta  Ecuador 1:54.06
56 3 Alberto López  Guatemala 1:54.19
57 6 William Amakye  Ghana 1:54.80
58 4 Ibrahim Aziz  United Arab Emirates 1:54.86
59 9 Peter Ceesay  The Gambia 1:55.35
60 9 Ousman Miangoto  Chad 1:56.02
61 1 Jodha Gurung  Nepal 1:56.72
62 2 Manlio Molinari  San Marino 1:57.09
63 8 Barakat Al-Sharji  Oman 2:00.38
64 6 Philip Sinon  Seychelles 2:04.89
65 8 Abdul Al-Ghadi  North Yemen 2:05.90
66 7 Bartolomé Esono Asumu  Equatorial Guinea 2:17.29
67 3 Vusie Dlamini  Swaziland DQ
67 4 Kim Bok-joo  South Korea DQ
67 7 Moussa Daweye  Niger DQ

Quarterfinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.74
2.  Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:44.90
3.  Agberto Guimarães (BRA) 1:45.18
4.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 1:45.49
5.  Faouzi Lahbi (MAR) 1:45.67
6.  Babacar Niang (SEN) 1:45.71
7.  Sotirios Moutsanas (GRE) 1:46.34
 Colomán Trabado (ESP) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:46.15
2.  Omar Khalifa (SUD) 1:46.33
3.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:46.75
4.  José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:46.87
5.  John Marshall (USA) 1:47.18
6.  Riccardo Materazzi (ITA) 1:47.90
7.  Ahmed Belkessam (ALG) 1:48.11
8.  Marco Mayr (SUI) 1:48.30


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:44.84
2.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:45.72
3.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:45.82
4.  William Wuycke (VEN) 1:46.17
5.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 1:46.49
6.  Owen Hamilton (JAM) 1:46.74
7.  Pat Scammel (AUS) 1:47.90
8.  Bruce Roberts (CAN) 1:49.72


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Earl Jones (USA) 1:45.44
2.  Hans-Peter Ferner (FRG) 1:45.52
3.  Juma Ndiwa (KEN) 1:45.59
4.  Moussa Fall (SEN) 1:45.71
5.  Mohamed Alouini (TUN) 1:45.78
6.  Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:46.21
7.  Oslen Barr (GUY) 1:46.97
8.  Philippe Dupont (FRA) 1:48.95

Semifinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:43.82
2.  Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.12
3.  Earl Jones (USA) 1:44.51
4.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:44.81
5.  Omar Khalifa (SUD) 1:44.87
6.  Moussa Fall (SEN) 1:45.03
7.  William Wuycke (VEN) 1:47.32
 Peter Elliott (GBR) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:45.51
2.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:45.67
3.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:45.82
4.  Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:45.96
5.  Hans-Peter Ferner (FRG) 1:46.16
6.  Agberto Guimarães (BRA) 1:46.65
7.  Juma Ndiwa (KEN) 1:48.06
8.  José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:48.70

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:43.00
Med 2.png  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:43.64
Med 3.png  Earl Jones (USA) 1:43.83
4.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:44.03
5.  Donato Sabia (ITA) 1:44.53
6.  Edwin Koech (KEN) 1:44.86
7.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:47.89
8.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:52.28

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