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

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Medal ceremony
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 15 August 2008 (heats)
16 August 2008 (semi-finals)
18 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 40 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:54.87
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Pamela Jelimo  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hasna Benhassi  Morocco
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The women's 800 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 15–18 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 2:00.00 (A standard) and 2:01.30 (B standard).[2]

Vanja Perišić of Croatia was later disqualified for failing an in-competition drugs test.[3]

This would be the last Olympic appearance by Maria Mutola, a string which started with her as a 15 year old in the 1988 Olympics, a perennial finalist since 1992. In the final, both Kenyan athletes went to the front, with World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei taking the front and teenager Pamela Jelimo following. Coming out of the break, Kenia Sinclair in lane 3 squeezed quickly into lane 1, shutting the door on Mutola. Just before the bell, Jelimo passed Jepkosgei and set off on her own. Jepkosgei gave chase but the gap just continued to widen all the way to the finish. Jelimo and Jepkosgei never saw a challenge to their gold and silver, behind them Sinclair, then Mutola gave an ever futile chase. From almost the back of the pack, Hasna Benhassi moved forward through the turn. Coming off the turn, Mutola was making her move on Sinclair and Benhassi was making her move on Mutola, the three athletes lined up shoulder to shoulder. Benhassi had the speed while the other two struggled. After being passed by Benhassi, Tatiana Andrianova followed her around the slowing athletes. While Andrianova was faster down the straightaway, she couldn't make up enough ground, Benhassi finishing with bronze after taking silver in the previous three major championships.

Records[edit]

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

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

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

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 6 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 1:58.91 Q, SB
2 4 Marilyn Okoro  Great Britain 1:59.01 Q
3 4 Lucia Klocova  Slovakia 1:59.42 Q
4 4 Tamsyn Lewis  Australia 1:59.67 q
5 6 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei  Kenya 1:59.72 Q
6 6 Tetyana Petlyuk  Ukraine 2:00.00 Q
7 4 Neisha Bernard-Thomas  Grenada 2:00.09 q, NR
8 6 Brigita Langerholc  Slovenia 2:00.13 Q
9 6 Eglė Balčiūnaitė  Lithuania 2:00.15 q, PB
10 2 Yuliya Krevsun  Ukraine 2:00.21 Q
11 6 Elisa Cusma Piccione  Italy 2:00.24 q
12 2 Tatiana Andrianova  Russia 2:00.31 Q
13 2 Jennifer Meadows  Great Britain 2:00.33 Q
14 5 Zulia Calatayud  Cuba 2:00.34 Q
15 2 Sviatlana Usovich  Belarus 2:00.42 q, SB
16 5 Hasna Benhassi  Morocco 2:00.51 Q
17 5 Ekaterina Kostetskaya  Russia 2:00.54 Q
18 5 Olga Cristea  Moldova 2:00.59 q, PB
19 5 Hazel Clark-Riley  United States 2:01.59
20 1 Svetlana Klyuka  Russia 2:01.67 Q
21 6 Carmo Tavares  Portugal 2:01.91
22 1 Rosibel García  Colombia 2:01.98 Q
23 2 Marian Burnett  Guyana 2:02.02
24 1 Anna Rostkowska  Poland 2:02.11 Q
25 1 Jemma Simpson  Great Britain 2:02.16
26 1 Agnes Samaria  Namibia 2:02.18
27 2 Alice Schmidt  United States 2:02.33
28 5 Mihaela Neacșu  Romania 2:03.03
29 1 Madeleine Pape  Australia 2:03.09
30 3 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 2:03.18 Q
31 3 Kenia Sinclair  Jamaica 2:03.76 Q
32 3 Elodie Guegan  France 2:03.85 Q
33 3 Merve Aydın  Turkey 2:04.75
34 3 Annabelle Lascar  Mauritius 2:06.11 PB
35 3 Marcela Britos  Uruguay 2:08.98
36 1 Baraah Awadallah  Jordan 2:18.41 SB
37 2 Haley Nicole Nemra  Marshall Islands 2:18.83
38 4 Emilia Mikue Ondo  Equatorial Guinea 2:20.69
39 5 Aishath Reesha  Maldives 2:30.14 PB
4 Nicole Teter  United States DNF
6 Mireille Derebona-Ngaisset  Central African Republic DQ
3 Vanja Perišić  Croatia 2:06.82 DSQ

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei  Kenya 1:57.28 Q, SB
2 2 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 1:57.31 Q
3 3 Yuliya Krevsun  Ukraine 1:57.32 Q, PB
4 2 Hasna Benhassi  Morocco 1:58.03 Q, SB
5 3 Tatiana Andrianova  Russia 1:58.16 q
6 3 Kenia Sinclair  Jamaica 1:58.28 q, SB
7 1 Svetlana Klyuka  Russia 1:58.31 Q
8 2 Ekaterina Kostetskaya  Russia 1:58.33
9 1 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 1:58.61 Q, SB
10 2 Zulia Calatayud  Cuba 1:58.78 SB
11 1 Lucia Klocová  Slovakia 1:58.80
12 2 Anna Rostkowska  Poland 1:58.84
13 1 Tetyana Petlyuk  Ukraine 1:59.27
14 1 Rosibel García  Colombia 1:59.38 NR
15 2 Jennifer Meadows  Great Britain 1:59.43
16 3 Elisa Cusma Piccione  Italy 1:59.52
17 1 Marilyn Okoro  Great Britain 1:59.53
18 1 Brigita Langerholc  Slovenia 2:00.00
19 3 Olga Cristea  Moldova 2:00.12 PB
20 1 Tamsyn Lewis  Australia 2:01.41
21 3 Neisha Bernard-Thomas  Grenada 2:01.84
22 2 Eglė Balčiūnaitė  Lithuania 2:02.59
2 Sviatlana Usovich  Belarus DSQ[4]
3 Elodie Guegan  France DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  Pamela Jelimo (KEN) 1:54.87 WJR, AR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7  Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:56.07
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8  Hasna Benhassi (MAR) 1:56.73 SB
4 6  Svetlana Klyuka (RUS) 1:56.94 PB
5 2  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:57.68 SB
6 3  Kenia Sinclair (JAM) 1:58.24 SB
7 9  Yuliya Krevsun (UKR) 1:58.73
8 5  Tatyana Andrianova (RUS) 2:02.63

Splits[edit]

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400m Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 55.41
600m Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 1:24.03

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ IAAF Newsletter Edition 112. IAAF (2010-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London2012". International Olympic Committee. 25 Nov 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-08.