Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 20 August 2008 (heats)
21 August 2008 (semi-finals)
23 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 58 from 42 nations
Winning time 1:44.65
Medalists
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Sudan
Bronze medal    Kenya
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The Men's 800 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place from 20–23 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The final on 23 August resulted in a triumph for Kenyan runner Wilfred Bungei in an official time of 1:44.65. The qualifying standards were 1:46.00 (A standard) and 1:47.00 (B standard).[2]

Along the way to the final, defending champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy was eliminated as his fast closing tactics didn't get him into a qualifying place or time. In the final, most of the field got off fairly evenly, with Ismail Ahmed Ismail showing the least interest in joining the pack of seven. By 200 metres, Wilfred Bungei, wearing sunglasses in the Beijing night, had found his way to the lead with his Kenyan teammate Alfred Kirwa Yego protecting him on his shoulder. Ismail joined the back of the pack and without leaving the rail, almost casually worked his way to being a step behind Bungei at the end of the first lap. Bungei and the field accelerated on the back stretch with Ismail staying on the rail running into a box inside of Yego. As Yego faltered through the final turn, Yeimer López ran around him into the perfect strategic position, still leaving Ismail boxed into no-mans land. Coming off the turn, Ismail simply ran faster and ran out of the trap, López was out of gas. Bungei took off into a sprint with his right arm flapping, opening up two metres on Ismail, who drifted out to lane 2 for clear running. Ten metres before the finish, Bungei let up and coasted over the finish line, Ismail tried to pass, dipping at the line but Bungei's lead was just enough to hold onto gold. In the final rush for bronze, Kenyan mercenary running for Bahrain Yusuf Saad Kamel looked to have the edge, but Yego moved out to lane 3 to avoid López and run down Kamel. With a final rush, Gary Reed caught Kamel at the line, still a step behind Yego.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Olympic record  Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58 Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Qualification[edit]

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard (1:46.00) in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard (1:47.00) in the same qualifying period.[3]

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The first round was held on 20 August. The first two runners of each heat (Q) plus the next eight overall fastest runners (q) qualified for the second round.

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 1 Wilfred Bungei Kenya 1:44.90 Q, SB
2 1 Yuriy Borzakovskiy Russia 1:45.15 Q
3 1 Nadjim Manseur Algeria 1:45.62 q
4 8 Yeimer López Cuba 1:45.66 Q
5 8 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang Kenya 1:45.72 Q
6 8 Nabil Madi Algeria 1:45.75 q
7 5 Manuel Olmedo Spain 1:45.78 Q
8 5 Ismail Ahmed Ismail Sudan 1:45.87 Q
9 8 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:45.89 q, SB
10 8 Belal Mansoor Ali Bahrain 1:45.95 q, SB
11 4 Nick Symmonds United States 1:46.01 Q
12 5 Gary Reed Canada 1:46.02 q
13 4 Alfred Kirwa Yego Kenya 1:46.04 Q
14 8 Sajjad Moradi Iran 1:46.10 q
15 4 Antonio Manuel Reina Spain 1:46.30 q
16 1 Fabiano Peçanha Brazil 1:46.54 q
17 4 Andy González Cuba 1:46.59
18 4 Mouhssin Chehibi Morocco 1:46.75
19 8 Yassine Bensghir Morocco 1:46.88
20 7 Mohammad Al-Azemi Kuwait 1:46.94 Q
21 7 Yusuf Saad Kamel Bahrain 1:46.94 Q
22 7 Robert Lathouwers Netherlands 1:46.94
23 2 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:46.98 Q
24 2 Mohammed Al-Salhi Saudi Arabia 1:47.02 Q
25 7 Andrew Wheating United States 1:47.05
26 5 Dmitrijs Miļkevičs Latvia 1:47.12
27 8 Mikko Lahtio Finland 1:47.20
28 5 Samson Ngoepe South Africa 1:47.42
29 5 Aunese Curreen Samoa 1:47.45 NR
30 2 Dmitriy Bogdanov Russia 1:47.49
31 7 Abdoulaye Wagne Senegal 1:47.50
32 3 Michael Rimmer Great Britain 1:47.61 Q
33 3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi South Africa 1:47.64 Q
33 4 Eduard Villanueva Venezuela 1:47.64
35 1 Thomas Chamney Ireland 1:47.66
35 3 Paweł Czapiewski Poland 1:47.66
37 6 Amine Laalou Morocco 1:47.86 Q
38 2 Onalenna Baloyi Botswana 1:47.89
39 6 Abraham Chepkirwok Uganda 1:47.93 Q
40 3 Miguel Quesada Spain 1:48.06
41 6 Jakub Holuša Czech Republic 1:48.19
41 7 Aldwyn Sappleton Jamaica 1:48.19
43 6 Christian Smith United States 1:48.20
44 3 Li Xiangyu China 1:48.44
45 6 Kléberson Davide Brazil 1:48.53
46 2 Jozef Repcìk Slovakia 1:48.64
47 6 Achraf Tadili Canada 1:48.87
48 3 Vitalij Kozlov Lithuania 1:48.96
49 1 Lachlan Renshaw Australia 1:49.19
50 1 Ehsan Mohajer Shojaei Iran 1:49.25
51 2 Leonardo Price Argentina 1:49.39
52 7 Sergey Pakura Kyrgyzstan 1:50.54
53 6 Fadrique Iglesias Bolivia 1:50.57
54 3 Samwel Mwera Tanzania 1:50.67
55 4 Nguyen Dinh Cuong Vietnam 1:52.06
56 6 Mohammed Al-Yafaee Yemen 1:54.82
57 5 Souleymane Ould Chebal Mauritania 1:57.43
58 4 Derek Mandell Guam 1:57.48 PB
5 Byron Piedra Ecuador DNS
3 Nick Willis New Zealand DNS
2 Antar Zerguelaine Algeria DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.[4]

Semifinal 1[edit]

21 August 2008 - 19:50

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 8 Wilfred Bungei Kenya 1:46.23 Q
2 5 Yeimer López Cuba 1:46.40 Q
3 7 Yuriy Borzakovskiy Russia 1:46.53
4 4 Amine Laalou Morocco 1:46.74
5 6 Nick Symmonds United States 1:46.96
6 9 Mohammed Al-Salhi Saudi Arabia 1:47.14
7 2 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:47.24
8 3 Mohammad Al-Azemi Kuwait 1:47.65

Semifinal 2[edit]

21 August 2008 - 19:58

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 5 Alfred Kirwa Yego Kenya 1:44.73 Q
2 6 Ismail Ahmed Ismail Sudan 1:44.91 Q
3 7 Yusuf Saad Kamel Bahrain 1:44.95 q
4 9 Nadjim Manseur Algeria 1:45.54 q
5 8 Sajjad Moradi Iran 1:46.08
6 4 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi South Africa 1:46.24
7 2 Antonio Manuel Reina Spain 1:46.40
8 3 Fabiano Peçanha Brazil 1:47.07

Semifinal 3[edit]

21 August 2008 - 20:06

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes
1 2 Nabil Madi Algeria 1:45.63 Q
2 4 Gary Reed Canada 1:45.85 Q
3 5 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang Kenya 1:45.87
4 9 Manuel Olmedo Spain 1:45.91
5 3 Belal Mansoor Ali Bahrain 1:46.37
6 8 Michael Rimmer Great Britain 1:48.07
7 7 Abraham Chepkirwok Uganda 1:49.16
8 6 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:49.19

Final[edit]

23 August 2008 - 19:30

Rank Lane Athlete Country Time Notes[5]
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Wilfred Bungei Kenya 1:44.65 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 Ismail Ahmed Ismail Sudan 1:44.70
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Alfred Kirwa Yego Kenya 1:44.82
4 6 Gary Reed Canada 1:44.94
5 4 Yusuf Saad Kamel Bahrain 1:44.95
6 7 Yeimer López Cuba 1:45.88
7 2 Nabil Madi Algeria 1:45.96
8 9 Nadjim Manseur Algeria 1:47.19

Splits[edit]

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400m Wilfred Bungei  Kenya 53.35
600m Wilfred Bungei  Kenya 1:19.17

References[edit]