Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 20–23 August
Competitors 43 from 36 nations
Winning time 1:56.38
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Morocco
Bronze medal    Slovenia
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2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 800 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 20 to 23.

The first round had split a full roster of runners into six heats with the first three gaining a direct qualification and then the next six fastest across all heats advancing to the semifinals. The top two runners in each of the three semifinal heats moved on directly to the final, and they were immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

The final started with a fast first 200 metres, but Kelly Holmes and Maria de Lurdes Mutola were last at this stage. As the pace slowed, Mutola and Holmes moved forward through the field. The time at 400 metres was 56.37 seconds, with American Jearl Miles Clark leading. They entered the finishing straight with Mutola taking the lead, before Holmes took the lead and held off Mutola to take gold. Hasna Benhassi and Jolanda Čeplak finished strongly, both with a time of 1:56.43s, Benhassi winning silver in a photo finish. Mutola was forced into fourth place. Holmes' face lit up as she crossed the line, but then, unsure of the result, she anxiously waited for the times to come up.[1][2]

Holmes had only decided to enter the 800 metres at the last moment, and went on to also win gold in her preferred event, the 1500 m. This feat made her one of the UK's most successful ever athletes ; the Olympic 800–1500 metres double was never accomplished by any of their great 1980s middle distance trio, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett or Steve Cram.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:53.28 Munich, West Germany 26 July 1983
Olympic record  Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1:53.43 Moscow, Soviet Union 27 July 1980

No new records were set during the competition.

Qualification[edit]

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 800 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 2:00.00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 2:01.30 or faster could be entered.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Friday, 20 August 2004 22:00 Round 1
Saturday, 21 August 2004 20:40 Semifinals
Monday, 23 August 2004 20:55 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[3]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 2:01.20 Q
2 7 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 2:01.50 Q
3 2 Tetyana Petlyuk Ukraine 2:02.07 Q
4 6 Marian Burnett Guyana 2:02.12 q
5 8 Nédia Semedo Portugal 2:02.61
6 3 Olga Cristea Moldova 2:08.97
7 5 Marlyse Nsourou Gabon 2:12.35 NR

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.64 Q, PB
2 5 Agnes Samaria Namibia 2:00.05 Q
3 7 Élisabeth Grousselle France 2:00.31 Q
4 3 Natalya Khrushchelyova Russia 2:00.56 q
5 6 Diane Cummins Canada 2:01.19 q
6 2 Miho Sugimori Japan 2:02.82
7 4 Adama Njie The Gambia 2:10.02

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 2:00.81 Q
2 1 Jearl Miles Clark United States 2:01.33 Q
3 4 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:01.52 Q
4 7 Letitia Vriesde Suriname 2:01.70 q
5 2 Tamsyn Lewis Australia 2:02.67
6 8 Tatyana Roslanova Kazakhstan 2:06.39
7 6 Sanna Abubkheet Palestine 2:32.10
5 Anhel Cape Guinea-Bissau DNF

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Svetlana Cherkasova Russia 2:03.60 Q
2 2 Amina Aït Hammou Morocco 2:03.70 Q
3 7 Joanne Fenn Great Britain 2:03.72 Q
4 6 Claudia Gesell Germany 2:03.87
5 8 Akosua Serwaa Ghana 2:03.96
6 3 Faith Macharia Kenya 2:06.31
7 5 Emilia Mikue Ondo Equatorial Guinea 2:22.88

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 2:00.61 Q
2 2 Mayte Martínez Spain 2:00.81 Q
3 6 Nicole Teter United States 2:01.16 Q
4 4 Luciana de Paula Mendes Brazil 2:01.36 q
5 7 Lucia Klocová Slovakia 2:02.17 q
6 8 Binnaz Uslu Turkey 2:03.46
7 5 Marie-Lyne Joseph Dominica 2:20.23

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 2:03.77 Q
2 6 Seltana Aït Hammou Morocco 2:03.95 Q
3 8 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 2:03.99 Q
4 5 Anita Brägger Switzerland 2:04.00
5 2 Hazel Clark United States 2:05.67
6 4 Noelly Mankatu Bibiche DR Congo 2:06.23
7 7 Tanya Blake Malta 2:19.34

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification rule: The top two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[4]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 1:57.98 Q, SB
2 6 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 1:58.41 Q
3 5 Jearl Miles Clark United States 1:58.71 q
4 3 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 1:59.21 q, SB
5 7 Agnes Samaria Namibia 1:59.37 SB
6 2 Élisabeth Grousselle France 2:00.21
7 1 Amina Aït Hammou Morocco 2:00.66
8 8 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:00.94

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 6 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 1:58.59 Q, SB
2 4 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 1:58.80 Q
3 8 Tetyana Petlyuk Ukraine 1:59.48 PB
4 3 Nicole Teter United States 1:59.50
5 5 Natalya Khrushchelyova Russia 2:00.68
6 7 Lucia Klocová Slovakia 2:00.79 SB
7 2 Marian Burnett Guyana 2:02.21
8 1 Mayte Martínez Spain 2:03.30

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 1:59.30 Q
2 7 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.44 Q, PB
3 3 Svetlana Cherkasova Russia 1:59.80
4 4 Diane Cummins Canada 2:00.30
5 8 Joanne Fenn Great Britain 2:00.60
6 2 Seltana Aït Hammou Morocco 2:00.64
7 1 Luciana de Paula Mendes Brazil 2:02.00
8 6 Letitia Vriesde Suriname 2:06.95

Final[edit]

[5]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Kelly Holmes Great Britain 1:56.38 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 Hasna Benhassi Morocco 1:56.43 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Jolanda Čeplak Slovenia 1:56.43 SB
4 5 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique 1:56.51 SB
5 6 Tatyana Andrianova Russia 1:56.88
6 2 Jearl Miles Clark United States 1:57.27 SB
7 1 Maria Cioncan Romania 1:59.62
8 8 Zulia Calatayud Cuba 2:00.95

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holmes clinches brilliant gold". BBC Sport. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Holmes takes gold in 800m". Theguardian.com. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 800m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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