Athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXV Olympiad
Venue Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Dates 31 July 1992 (heats)
1 August 1992 (semi-finals)
3 August 1992 (final)
Competitors 36 from 25 nations
Winning time 1:55.54
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ellen van Langen
 Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Liliya Nurutdinova
 Unified Team
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ana Fidelia Quirot
 Cuba
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These are the official results of the women's 800 metres event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total of 36 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats.[1]

Race description[edit]

Favorites for the title were 1991 Tokyo World Championships gold medallist Liliya Nurutdinova for the Unified Team, Ana Quirot (Cuba), and Africa's hopeful, 19-year old Maria Mutola (Mozambique). Other potential rivals like the former East German athletes Sigrun Wodars (as Sigrun Grau, after a divorce) and Christine Wachtel, the one-two finish at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, had been eliminated in the preliminaries. The fastest semi-final was won by Nurutdinova. Dutch runner Ellen van Langen had set the fastest time of the season prior to the Games.[2]

In the final, fearing Van Langen's final sprint, her main competitor, a confident Nurutdinova, set a rapid pace, running the first lap in a very fast time of 55.73, with Van Langen only in 6th position.[2][3][4] Pressured by Mutola, Quirot and Ella Kovacs (Romania), Nurutdinova led the final from the start. Entering the final stretch she had a slight lead, but Van Langen, only fifth at 600 meters, moved through on the inside. With Nurutdinova moving away from the curb to block her challengers, Van Langen in the last 50m passed – still on the inside – to win a surprise victory in a time of 1:55.54, beating Nurutdinova (silver) and Quirot (bronze).[2][3][4]

Van Langen later explained the secret of her success. “I think what I could do well is I could die very well in a race and still continue,” she said. “That is very hard, because it hurts running the 800 meters. You have to overcome some boundaries in yourself to continue when it hurts like hell. I was good at it. If the Olympic race would have been run by each athlete individual and the fastest time was the winner I would not have won,” she added. “I was also good in tactics, looking around me and taking the right decisions.”[5]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Ellen van Langen
 Netherlands
Silver Liliya Nurutdinova
 Unified Team
Bronze Ana Fidelia Quirot
 Cuba

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:53.28 Czechoslovakia Jarmila Kratochvílová Munich (FRG) July 26, 1983
Olympic Record 1:53.43 Soviet Union Nadezhda Olizarenko Moscow (URS) July 27, 1980

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Ellen van Langen (NED) 1:55.54
Med 2.png  Liliya Nurutdinova (EUN) 1:55.99
Med 3.png  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:56.80
4.  Inna Yevseyeva (EUN) 1:57.20
5.  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:57.49
6.  Ella Kovacs (ROM) 1:57.95
7.  Joetta Clark (USA) 1:58.06
8.  Lyubov Gurina (EUN) 1:58.13

Semi finals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Liliya Nurutdinova (EUN) 1:58.04
2.  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:58.16
3.  Inna Yevseyeva (EUN) 1:58.20
4.  Joetta Clark (USA) 1:58.22
5.  Letitia Vriesde (SUR) 1:58.28
6.  Charmaine Crooks (CAN) 1:58.55
7.  Lorraine Baker (GBR) 2:02.17
8.  Sabine Zwiener (GER) 2:02.64


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Lyubov Gurina (EUN) 2:00.64
2.  Ellen van Langen (NED) 2:00.68
3.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 2:00.86
4.  Ella Kovacs (ROU) 2:00.89
5.  Sigrun Grau (GER) 2:00.91
6.  Carla Sacramento (POR) 2:02.85
7.  Diane Edwards (GBR) 2:04.32
8.  Julie Jenkins (USA) 2:06.53

Heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Sigrun Grau (GER) 2:00.31
2.  Liliya Nurutdinova (EUN) 2:00.37
3.  Diane Edwards (GBR) 2:00.39
4.  Shiny Wilson (IND) 2:01.90
5.  Stella Jongmans (NED) 2:02.26
6.  Brigitte Nganaye (CAF) 2:15.70
 R. Baguepeng Gangue (CHA) DSQ


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Joetta Clark (USA) 1:59.62
2.  Ellen van Langen (NED) 1:59.86
3.  Carla Sacramento (POR) 2:00.57
4.  Christine Wachtel (GER) 2:01.39
5.  Paula Fryer (GBR) 2:02.72
6.  Sukanya Sang-Ngeun (THA) 2:09.94
7.  Andrea Garae (VAN) 2:28.61


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Ella Kovacs (ROU) 1:59.88
2.  Letitia Vriesde (SUR) 1:59.93
3.  Julie Jenkins (USA) 1:59.96
4.  Sabine Zwiener (GER) 2:00.87
5.  Fabia Trabaldo (ITA) 2:01.44
6.  Sriyani Dhammika Menike (SRI) 2:03.85
(NR)
7.  Prisca Singamo (MAW) 2:20.84


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Inna Yevseyeva (EUN) 1:58.58
2.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:59.06
3.  Charmaine Crooks (CAN) 1:59.52
4.  Lorraine Baker (GBR) 2:00.50
5.  Leontia Sălăgeanu (ROU) 2:01.44
6.  Zewdie Hailemariam (ETH) 2:03.85
 Carol Galea (MLT) DSQ


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Lyubov Gurina (EUN) 2:00.27
2.  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 2:00.83
3.  Meredith Rainey (USA) 2:01.33
4.  Viviane Dorsile (FRA) 2:01.54
5.  Amaia Andrés (ESP) 2:02.67
6.  Gladys Wamuyu (KEN) 2:03.01
7.  Edith Nakiyingi (UGA) 2:03.55
8.  Mantokoane Pitso (LES) 2:29.77

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Games: Women's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ellen van Langen". athletics-heroes.net. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Women's 800m Final Barcelona Olympics 1992". Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Portret Ellen van Langen". sportkroniek.nl (in Dutch). 25 June 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Van Langen able to "die" best for Olympic gold". Xinhua. July 10, 2002. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 

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