Men's 800 metres European record progression

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The following table shows the European record progression in the men's 800 metres, as ratified by the EAA[1][2]

Hand timing[edit]

Time Athlete Nationality Venue Date
1:51.6* Otto Peltzer  Germany London, England July 3, 1926
1:50.6 Sera Martin  France Paris, France July 14, 1928
1:49.8 Tommy Hampson  United Kingdom Los Angeles, United States August 2, 1932
1:48.4 Sydney Wooderson  United Kingdom Motspur Park, England August 20, 1938
1:46.6 Rudolf Harbig  Germany Milan, Italy July 17, 1939
1:45.7 Roger Moens  Belgium Oslo, Norway August 3, 1955
1:44.9 Franz-Josef Kemper  West Germany Hannover, Germany August 7, 1966
1:44.9 Walter Adams  West Germany Stuttgart, Germany July 16, 1970
1:44.5 Pekka Vasala  Finland Helsinki, Finland August 20, 1972
1:43.7 Marcello Fiasconaro  Italy Milan, Italy June 27, 1973

(*) Performance timed over 880 yards

Automatic timing[edit]

Time Athlete Nationality Venue Date
1:42.33 Sebastian Coe  United Kingdom Oslo, Norway July 5, 1979
1:41.73 Sebastian Coe  United Kingdom Florence, Italy June 10, 1981
1:41.73 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark Stockholm, Sweden July 7, 1997
1:41.24 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark Zurich, Switzerland August 13, 1997
1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark Cologne, Germany August 24, 1997

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