| Event type

800 metres, Women

Date30 July – 3 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants46 from 29 countries

Track & Field News noted in their Olympic preview that it was unusual to select a teenager as the favorite, but such was the strength of 19-year-old American Athing Mu that they picked her as the top choice for the 800 metres. Behind her other favorites were the Brits Jemma Reekie and Keely Hodgkinson and Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza.

The only surprise of the heats and semis was that Almanza failed to get out of the third semi-final when she finished fourth. Britain qualified three runners for the final with Alexandra Bell joining Reekie and Hodgkinson, while Mu was joined by her American teammate Raevyn Rogers.

The final saw Mu take the lead as the runners broke for the rail off the first turn, followed by Jamaican Natoya Goule. Mu continued to lead to the bell, running a solid pace, but not blazingly fast, at 57.82 for the first lap. Mu increased the pace on the penultimate turn, opening small gaps among the finalists.

Mu was never passed. On the final turn she stepped it up and opened her margin, having a comfortable lead on the straight as she won gold in 1:55.21, negative splitting her race at 57.82 / 57.39. Behind her, Hodgkinson won silver with a British record of 1:55.88 while Rogers put two Americans on the podium with her bronze medal in a time of 1:56.81.

Mu’s gold medal at age 19-057 made her the second youngest woman to win the Olympic 800, after Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo in 2008 at age 18-256. Mu would add a second gold medal a few days later when she anchored the USA women to gold in the 4 x 400 relay.

13875Athing MuUSA2:01.10 (1 h3)1:58.07 (1 h2)1:55.21 (1)Gold
22005Keely HodgkinsonGBR2:01.59 (2 h4)1:59.12 (1 h3)1:55.88 (2)Silver
33887Raevyn RogersUSA2:01.42 (1 h4)1:59.28 (3 h3)1:56.81 (3)Bronze
42024Jemma ReekieGBR1:59.97 (1 h6)1:59.77 (2 h1)1:56.90 (4)
51485Wang ChunyuCHN2:00.05 (3 h6)1:59.14 (2 h3)1:57.00 (5)
61838Habitam AlemuETH2:01.20 (2 h3)1:58.40 (2 h2)1:57.56 (6)
71997Alexandra BellGBR2:00.96 (4 h5)1:58.83 (3 h2)1:57.66 (7)
82484Natoya Goule-ToppinJAM1:59.83 (1 h2)1:59.57 (1 h1)1:58.26 (8)
3 h1 r2/32762Mary MoraaKEN2:01.66 (3 h4)2:00.47 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/33898Ajeé WilsonUSA2:00.02 (2 h6)2:00.79 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/33504Lore HoffmannSUI2:02.05 (3 h1)1:59.38 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/31580Rose AlmanzaCUB2:00.71 (1 h5)1:59.65 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/33163Joanna JóźwikPOL2:01.87 (3 h3)2:02.32 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31928Rénelle LamoteFRA2:01.92 (1 h1)1:59.40 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/33706Winnie NanyondoUGA2:02.02 (2 h1)1:59.84 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32381Elena BellòITA2:01.07 (5 h6)2:02.35 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31894Sara KuivistoFIN2:00.15 (4 h6)1:59.41 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32880Rababe ArafiMAR2:00.96 (3 h5)1:59.86 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/33074Hedda HynneNOR2:00.76 (3 h2)2:02.38 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31214Noélie YarigoBEN2:00.11 (2 h2)2:01.41 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/33812Déborah RodríguezURU2:00.90 (2 h5)2:01.76 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/33705Halimah NakaayiUGA2:00.92 (4 h2)2:04.44 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31778Natalia RomeroESP2:01.16 (6 h6)2:01.52 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/32142Katharina TrostGER2:00.99 (5 h2)2:02.14 (8 h3)
4 h1 r1/33178Angelika SarnaPOL2:02.18 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/31384Melissa Bishop-NriaguCAN2:02.11 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/31840Netsanet DestaETH2:01.98 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/31397Madeleine KellyCAN2:02.39 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/32107Christina HeringGER2:02.23 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/31387Lindsey ButterworthCAN2:02.45 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/31044Catriona BissetAUS2:01.65 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/31065Morgan MitchellAUS2:05.44 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32765Eunice SumKEN2:03.00 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32263Bianka Bartha-KériHUN2:02.82 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33184Anna WielgoszPOL2:03.20 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/33515Delia SclabasSUI2:03.03 (6 h5)
7 h2 r1/32339Nadia PowerIRL2:03.74 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/32340Louise ShanahanIRL2:03.57 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32329Síofra Cléirigh BüttnerIRL2:04.62 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/34016Shafiqua MaloneyVIN2:07.89 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/33536Gabriela GajanováSVK2:01.41 (7 h6)
8 h2 r1/31728Rose NathikeEOR2:11.87 (8 h2)
8 h4 r1/33492Nimali LiyanarachchiSRI2:10.23 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/33496D'jamila TavaresSTP2:16.72 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/32767Emily Cherotich TueiKEN2:08.08 (8 h6)
AC h1 r1/32835Līga VelvereLAT– (DNF h1)

Round One

Date30 July 2021 — 10:25
FormatTop three in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
13Rénelle LamoteFRA2:01.92Q
25Winnie NanyondoUGA2:02.02Q
32Lore HoffmannSUI2:02.05Q
44Angelika SarnaPOL2:02.18
58Madeleine KellyCAN2:02.39
66Morgan MitchellAUS2:05.44
DNF7Līga VelvereLAT

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
11Natoya Goule-ToppinJAM1:59.83Q
23Noélie YarigoBEN2:00.11Q
32Hedda HynneNOR2:00.76Q
44Halimah NakaayiUGA2:00.92q
56Katharina TrostGER2:00.99q
68Eunice SumKEN2:03.00
75Nadia PowerIRL2:03.74
87Rose NathikeEOR2:11.87

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
12Athing MuUSA2:01.10Q
25Habitam AlemuETH2:01.20Q
37Joanna JóźwikPOL2:01.87Q
46Melissa Bishop-NriaguCAN2:02.11
53Christina HeringGER2:02.23
64Bianka Bartha-KériHUN2:02.82
78Louise ShanahanIRL2:03.57

Heat #4

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
15Raevyn RogersUSA2:01.42Q
27Keely HodgkinsonGBR2:01.59Q
31Mary MoraaKEN2:01.66Q
46Netsanet DestaETH2:01.98
54Lindsey ButterworthCAN2:02.45
63Anna WielgoszPOL2:03.20
78Síofra Cléirigh BüttnerIRL2:04.62
82Nimali LiyanarachchiSRI2:10.23

Heat #5

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Tie-Breaking Time
18Rose AlmanzaCUB2:00.71Q
23Déborah RodríguezURU2:00.90Q
31Rababe ArafiMAR2:00.962:00.957Q
44Alexandra BellGBR2:00.962:00.960q
56Catriona BissetAUS2:01.65
65Delia SclabasSUI2:03.03
77Shafiqua MaloneyVIN2:07.89
82D'jamila TavaresSTP2:16.72

Heat #6

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Jemma ReekieGBR1:59.97Q
21Ajeé WilsonUSA2:00.02Q
37Wang ChunyuCHN2:00.05Q
46Sara KuivistoFIN2:00.15q
58Elena BellòITA2:01.07q
62Natalia RomeroESP2:01.16q
75Gabriela GajanováSVK2:01.41
83Emily Cherotich TueiKEN2:08.08


Date31 July 2021 — 20:50
FormatTop two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
15Natoya Goule-ToppinJAM1:59.57Q
23Jemma ReekieGBR1:59.77Q
38Mary MoraaKEN2:00.47
44Ajeé WilsonUSA2:00.79
52Joanna JóźwikPOL2:02.32
61Elena BellòITA2:02.35
77Hedda HynneNOR2:02.38
86Halimah NakaayiUGA2:04.44

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Athing MuUSA1:58.07Q
23Habitam AlemuETH1:58.40Q
35Alexandra BellGBR1:58.83q
47Lore HoffmannSUI1:59.38
56Rénelle LamoteFRA1:59.40
61Sara KuivistoFIN1:59.41
78Noélie YarigoBEN2:01.41
82Natalia RomeroESP2:01.52

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
15Keely HodgkinsonGBR1:59.12Q
28Wang ChunyuCHN1:59.14Q
33Raevyn RogersUSA1:59.28q
44Rose AlmanzaCUB1:59.65
51Winnie NanyondoUGA1:59.84
67Rababe ArafiMAR1:59.86
72Déborah RodríguezURU2:01.76
86Katharina TrostGER2:02.14


Date3 August 2021 — 21:25
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
13Athing MuUSA1:55.21
24Keely HodgkinsonGBR1:55.88
38Raevyn RogersUSA1:56.81
46Jemma ReekieGBR1:56.90
52Wang ChunyuCHN1:57.00
67Habitam AlemuETH1:57.56
71Alexandra BellGBR1:57.66
85Natoya Goule-ToppinJAM1:58.26