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
1st, gold medalist(s) Wilfred Bungei  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ismail Ahmed Ismail  Sudan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alfred Kirwa Yego  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]