Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 6–9 August
Competitors 56 from 44 nations
Winning time 1:40.91 WR
1st, gold medalist(s) David Rudisha  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nigel Amos  Botswana
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Timothy Kitum  Kenya
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The Men's 800 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–9 August.[1]

Reigning world champion David Rudisha won the race in 1:40.91, becoming the first person to break 1:41 and improving on his own world record (the first world record in an Olympic men's 800m final since 1976). The reigning world junior champion Nigel Amos finished second in 1:41.73, establishing a new world junior record and Botswana national record. In an exceptionally fast final, all runners except Abubaker Kaki (who ran a seasonal best) set personal bests, including three national records (Kenya, Botswana, and Ethiopia). The finishing times were the fastest recorded for each placing and it constituted the first time that eight athletes ran under 1:44 in the same race. All the athletes in the race produced times that would have won the final in Beijing.[2] The eighth-place finisher, Andrew Osagie, produced a time that would have won the gold medal at all but three of the previous Olympic 800m finals.

Rudisha led from the start of the race, easing from lane 4 to the break with a determined Kaki in tow. By the halfway mark in 49.28 Mohammed Aman lined up off Kaki's shoulder. During the next 200 meters, Rudisha put a gap on the field and Kaki began falling back. The scramble was on to see who had anything left or, like Kaki, who would pay the price. As Rudisha showed the strain of his effort, Nigel Amos and Timothy Kitum started to make up a little of the ground Rudisha had built up. Running at the back of the field, Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds made a late run, finishing just a step out of the medals.

Amos' silver medal was the first Olympic medal ever for Botswana.[3]

Competition format[edit]

The competition had seven heats in the first round, three semi-finals and a final.[4] The top three in the first round heats progressed, as did the three fastest non-qualifiers. The top two finishers in the semi-final race reached the finals and the two fastest runners outside these runners made up the eight finalists.[5]


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

World record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:41.01 Rieti, Italy 29 August 2010
Olympic record  Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58 Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996
2012 World leading  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:41.54 Paris, France 6 July 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
9 August Final David Rudisha  Kenya 1:40.91 WR

The following national records were set during the competition.

Kenya national record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 s
Botswana national record  Nijel Amos (BOT) 1:41.73 s
Ethiopia national record  Mohammed Aman (ETH) 1:43.20 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Monday, 6 August 2012 10:50 Round 1
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:55 Semifinals
Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:00 Finals


Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Nijel Amos  Botswana 1:45.90 Q
2 Fabiano Pecanha  Brazil 1:46.29 Q
3 Luis Alberto Marco  Spain 1:46.86 Q
4 Khadevis Robinson  United States 1:47.17
5 Marcin Lewandowski  Poland 1:47.64 q[7]
6 Ivan Tukhtachev  Russia 1:49.77
7 Derek Mandell  Guam 1:58.94
N/A Mohammad Al-Azemi  Kuwait N/A DQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 David Rudisha  Kenya 1:45.90 Q
2 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla  Qatar 1:46.37 Q
3 Andrew Osagie  Great Britain 1:46.42 Q
4 Wesley Vazquez  Puerto Rico 1:46.45
5 Jeffrey Riseley  Australia 1:46.99
6 Ismail Ahmed Ismail  Sudan 1:48.79
7 Anis Ananenka  Belarus 1:49.61
8 Samorn Kieng  Cambodia 1:55.26 SB

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Abubaker Kaki  Sudan 1:45.51 Q
2 Timothy Kitum  Kenya 1:45.72 Q
3 Abdulaziz Mohammed  Saudi Arabia 1:46.09 Q
4 Andy González  Cuba 1:46.24 q
5 Gareth Warburton  Great Britain 1:46.97
6 Tamás Kazi  Hungary 1:47.10 SB
7 Sören Ludolph  Germany 1:48.57
8 Arnold Sorina  Vanuatu 1:54.29

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Nick Symmonds  United States 1:45.91 Q
2 Geoffrey Harris  Canada 1:45.97 Q
3 Adam Kszczot  Poland 1:45.99 Q
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  France 1:46.03 q
5 Yuriy Borzakovskiy  Russia 1:46.29 q
6 Andreas Bube  Denmark 1:46.40
7 Manuel Antonio  Angola 1:52.54
N/A Brice Etes  Monaco N/A DQ

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Hamada Mohamed  Egypt 1:48.05 Q
2 Sajad Moradi  Iran 1:48.23 Q
3 Kevin Lopez  Spain 1:48.27 Q
4 Masato Yokota  Japan 1:48.48
5 Michael Rimmer  Great Britain 1:49.05
6 Moussa Camara  Mali 1:51.36
7 Edgar Cortez  Nicaragua 1:58.99
N/A Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria N/A DNF

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Mohammed Aman  Ethiopia 1:47.34 Q
2 Anthony Chemut  Kenya 1:47.42 Q
3 Antonio Manuel Reina  Spain 1:47.44 Q
4 Rafith Rodriguez  Colombia 1:47.70
5 Adnan Taess Akkar  Iraq 1:47.83
6 Amine El Manaoui  Morocco 1:48.48
7 Prince Mumba  Zambia 1:49.07
8 Erzhan Askarov  Kyrgyzstan 1:59.56

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Duane Solomon  United States 1:46.05 Q
2 Robert Lathouwers  Netherlands 1:46.06 Q
3 André Olivier  South Africa 1:46.42 Q
4 Jakub Holuša  Czech Republic 1:46.87
5 Julius Mutekanga  Uganda 1:48.41
6 Moise Joseph  Haiti 1:48.46
7 Benjamín Enzema  Equatorial Guinea 1:57.47
N/A Kleberson Davide  Brazil N/A DNS


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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Abubaker Kaki  Sudan 1:44.51 Q
2 Nijel Amos  Botswana 1:44.54 Q
3 Adam Kszczot  Poland 1:45.34
4 Anthony Chemut  Kenya 1:45.63
5 Robert Lathouwers  Netherlands 1:45.85
6 Luis Alberto Marco  Spain 1:46.19
7 Fabiano Pecanha  Brazil 1:46.29
N/A Sajad Moradi  Iran N/A DQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 David Rudisha  Kenya 1:44.35 Q
2 Andrew Osagie  Great Britain 1:44.74 Q
3 Nick Symmonds  United States 1:44.87 q
4 Marcin Lewandowski  Poland 1:45.08
5 Yuriy Borzakovskiy  Russia 1:45.09 SB
6 Kevin Lopez  Spain 1:46.66
7 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla  Qatar 1:47.52
8 Hamada Mohamed  Egypt 1:48.18
9 Andy Gonzalez  Cuba 1:53.46

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Mohammed Aman  Ethiopia 1:44.34 Q
2 Timothy Kitum  Kenya 1:44.63 Q
3 Duane Solomon  United States 1:44.93 q
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  France 1:45.10
5 André Olivier  South Africa 1:45.44
6 Antonio Manuel Reina  Spain 1:45.84
7 Geoffrey Harris  Canada 1:46.14
8 Abdulaziz Mohammed  Saudi Arabia 1:48.98


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) David Rudisha  Kenya 1:40.91 WR, NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nijel Amos  Botswana 1:41.73 WJR, NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Timothy Kitum  Kenya 1:42.53 PB
4 Duane Solomon  United States 1:42.82 PB
5 Nick Symmonds  United States 1:42.95 PB
6 Mohammed Aman  Ethiopia 1:43.20 NR
7 Abubaker Kaki  Sudan 1:43.32 SB
8 Andrew Osagie  Great Britain 1:43.77 PB


Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400m David Rudisha  Kenya 49.28
600m David Rudisha  Kenya 1:14.30


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2012-08-09). Stunning! Rudisha 1:40.91 World Record in London! - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
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  4. ^ "Men's 800m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "800m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "800 Metres - M. Heats". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Advanced by judges decision after being pushed by Al-Azemi.