| Event type

800 metres, Men

Date31 July – 4 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants47 from 29 countries

The top 800 metre runner in the past two years had been American Donovan Brazier, who had won the 2019 World Championship. In a complete shock, Brazier did not make the US Olympic Team for Tokyo, which left the event wide open. The favorite, in Brazier’s absence, was Botswanan Nijel Amos, the silver medalist in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro. The Rio bronze medalist, Clayton Murphy, was also back after winning the US Olympic Trials.

Both Amos and Murphy made the final, along with Kenyans Emmanuel Korir, the 2017 NCAA Champion, and Ferguson Rotich, who had run 1:43.75 in the first round and 1:44.04 in the semi-finals. The final was led at a slow pace by Korir and Australian Peter Bol, with the first lap run in only 53.76, the slowest Olympic final opening lap since 1980.

Bol led at the bell with Korir on his shoulder, and the Aussie continued to lead through 600 metres as the pace quickened. Korir took the lead on the final turn and was never challenged in the straight to win the gold medal. Behind him Rotich, who had been boxed on the turn when Korir made his move, closed quickly to take silver and Poland’s Patryk Dobek, formerly mostly known as a 400 hurdler, came up for the bronze. Murphy was never a factor and finished ninth and last in the final.

12780Emmanuel KorirKEN1:45.33 (1 h6)1:44.74 (2 h1)1:45.06 (1)Gold
22786Ferguson RotichKEN1:43.75 (1 h1)1:44.04 (1 h3)1:45.23 (2)Silver
33190Patryk DobekPOL1:46.59 (3 h5)1:44.60 (1 h1)1:45.39 (3)Bronze
41077Peter BolAUS1:44.13 (2 h1)1:44.11 (1 h2)1:45.92 (4)
51784Adrián BenESP1:45.30 (3 h4)1:44.30 (4 h2)1:45.96 (5)
61225Amel TukaBIH1:45.48 (2 h2)1:44.53 (2 h3)1:45.98 (6)
71978Gabriel TualFRA1:45.63 (3 h2)1:44.28 (3 h2)1:46.03 (7)
81269Nijel AmosBOT1:45.04 (1 h4)2:38.49 (8 h3)1:46.41 (8)
93956Clayton MurphyUSA1:45.53 (1 h3)1:44.18 (2 h2)1:46.53 (9)
3 h1 r2/32930Jesús Tonatiú LópezMEX1:46.14 (1 h5)1:44.77 (3 h1)
3 h3 r2/32047Elliot GilesGBR1:44.49 (3 h1)1:44.74 (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/31193Eliott CrestanBEL1:46.19 (2 h5)1:44.84 (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/32891Oussama NabilMAR1:45.64 (5 h4)1:46.42 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/33935Bryce HoppelUSA1:45.64 (3 h6)1:44.91 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32064Daniel RowdenGBR1:45.73 (2 h3)1:44.35 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31095Jeff RiseleyAUS1:45.41 (4 h4)1:47.17 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/33648Abdessalem AyouniTUN1:45.73 (3 h3)1:44.99 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32787Michael SaruniKEN1:45.21 (2 h4)1:44.54 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31947Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:45.97 (6 h4)1:48.62 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/31087Charlie HunterAUS1:45.91 (4 h3)1:46.73 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31420Marco AropCAN1:45.26 (1 h2)1:44.90 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/33937Isaiah JewettUSA1:45.07 (5 h1)2:38.12 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32887Abdelati El-GuesseMAR1:44.84 (4 h1)1:46.85 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/33186Mateusz BorkowskiPOL1:45.34 (2 h6)1:46.54 (8 h2)
4 h2 r1/31810Pablo Sánchez-ValladaresESP1:46.06 (4 h2)
4 h5 r1/32343Mark EnglishIRL1:46.75 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/32894Mostafa SmailiMAR1:46.05 (4 h6)
5 h2 r1/33565Andreas KramerSWE1:46.44 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31807Saúl OrdóñezESP1:45.98 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/31976Benjamin RobertFRA1:47.12 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/31007Yassine HethatALG1:46.20 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/33027Tony van DiepenNED1:46.03 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32043Oliver DustinGBR1:46.94 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31435Brandon McBrideCAN1:46.32 (6 h3)
6 h5 r1/31165Eric NzikwinkundaBDI1:47.97 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/33289Abubaker HaydarQAT1:47.45 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/31021Pol MoyaAND1:47.44 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/31534Alex BeddoesCOK1:47.26 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/31873Melese NberetETH1:47.80 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/33273Ryan SánchezPUR1:47.07 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/33265Andrés ArroyoPUR1:53.09 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/33278Wesley VázquezPUR1:49.06 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/32825Musa HajdariKOS1:48.96 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/31381Francky-Edgard MbottoCAF1:48.26 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/31729James Nyang ChiengjiekEOR2:02.04 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/31305Thiago AndréBRA1:47.75 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/31680Dennick LukeDMA1:54.30 (8 h5)
DNS1678Ayanleh SouleimanDJI– (DNS h6)

Round One

Date31 July 2021 — 9:50
FormatTop three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Ferguson RotichKEN1:43.75Q
27Peter BolAUS1:44.13Q
31Elliot GilesGBR1:44.49Q
42Abdelati El-GuesseMAR1:44.84q
55Isaiah JewettUSA1:45.07q
68Tony van DiepenNED1:46.03
73Pol MoyaAND1:47.44
86Musa HajdariKOS1:48.96

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Marco AropCAN1:45.26Q
23Amel TukaBIH1:45.48Q
32Gabriel TualFRA1:45.63Q
41Pablo Sánchez-ValladaresESP1:46.06
57Andreas KramerSWE1:46.44
66Oliver DustinGBR1:46.94
78Alex BeddoesCOK1:47.26
85Francky-Edgard MbottoCAF1:48.26

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Tie-Breaking Time
11Clayton MurphyUSA1:45.53Q
26Daniel RowdenGBR1:45.731:45.723Q
32Abdessalem AyouniTUN1:45.731:45.728Q
48Charlie HunterAUS1:45.91q
54Saúl OrdóñezESP1:45.98
67Brandon McBrideCAN1:46.32
73Melese NberetETH1:47.80
85James Nyang ChiengjiekEOR2:02.04

Heat #4

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
18Nijel AmosBOT1:45.04Q
26Michael SaruniKEN1:45.21Q
37Adrián BenESP1:45.30Q
45Jeff RiseleyAUS1:45.41q
52Oussama NabilMAR1:45.64q
61Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:45.97q
73Ryan SánchezPUR1:47.07
84Thiago AndréBRA1:47.75

Heat #5

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
11Jesús Tonatiú LópezMEX1:46.14Q
25Eliott CrestanBEL1:46.19Q
37Patryk DobekPOL1:46.59Q
43Mark EnglishIRL1:46.75
54Benjamin RobertFRA1:47.12
66Eric NzikwinkundaBDI1:47.97
72Andrés ArroyoPUR1:53.09
88Dennick LukeDMA1:54.30

Heat #6

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
16Emmanuel KorirKEN1:45.33Q
23Mateusz BorkowskiPOL1:45.34Q
35Bryce HoppelUSA1:45.64Q
41Mostafa SmailiMAR1:46.05
58Yassine HethatALG1:46.20
67Abubaker HaydarQAT1:47.45
74Wesley VázquezPUR1:49.06
DNS2Ayanleh SouleimanDJI


Date1 August 2021 — 20:25
FormatTop two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
13Patryk DobekPOL1:44.60Q
26Emmanuel KorirKEN1:44.74Q
35Jesús Tonatiú LópezMEX1:44.77
49Eliott CrestanBEL1:44.84
54Bryce HoppelUSA1:44.91
62Abdessalem AyouniTUN1:44.99
77Charlie HunterAUS1:46.73
88Abdelati El-GuesseMAR1:46.85

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
16Peter BolAUS1:44.11Q
25Clayton MurphyUSA1:44.18Q
37Gabriel TualFRA1:44.28q
44Adrián BenESP1:44.30q
58Daniel RowdenGBR1:44.35
69Michael SaruniKEN1:44.54
73Marco AropCAN1:44.90
82Mateusz BorkowskiPOL1:46.54

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
16Ferguson RotichKEN1:44.04Q
28Amel TukaBIH1:44.53Q
34Elliot GilesGBR1:44.74
47Oussama NabilMAR1:46.42
52Jeff RiseleyAUS1:47.17
69Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:48.62
75Isaiah JewettUSA2:38.12
83Nijel AmosBOT2:38.49q1


Date4 August 2021 — 21:05
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Emmanuel KorirKEN1:45.06
26Ferguson RotichKEN1:45.23
33Patryk DobekPOL1:45.39
48Peter BolAUS1:45.92
57Adrián BenESP1:45.96
62Amel TukaBIH1:45.98
71Gabriel TualFRA1:46.03
89Nijel AmosBOT1:46.41
95Clayton MurphyUSA1:46.53