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800 metres, Men

Date6 – 9 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants55 from 44 countries
Olympic Record 1:42.58 / Vebjørn Rodal NOR / 31 July 1996

Coming into London, the strongest favorite in any men’s event was Kenyan David Rudisha. He was the world record holder, had won the 2011 World Championships, and had been world-ranked #1 in the event in 2009-11. He had not aimed for a world record in London, but simply wanted to set a fast pace to make it as difficult as possible for the other runners. Rudisha took the lead in the final from the break, passing 200 metres in 23.5 and the 400 in 49.28. Sudanese rival Abubaker Kaki was close, trailing at the bell in 49.4, as was Mohammed Aman (ETH) in 49.5 and Nijel Amos (BOT) in 49.7. Rudisha did not slow down, running 25.02 for the third 200 to pass 600 in 1:14.30, ahead of his paces in his two world record efforts. Kaki was destroyed by his attempt to stay close, as he would drop back to seventh. But Rudisha kept after it, crossing the line in 1:40.91, another world record, and the first 800 ever run under 1:41.

Rudisha towed the other runners to the greatest 800 metre race in history, based on times. Every finalist except Kaki set a PR, and places 2-8 all set best-for-place records. The silver went to Amos in 1:41.73, making him the third fastest ever over two laps, with Rudisha’s teammate Timothy Kitum coming home for bronze in 1:42.53, a mark better than the previous Olympic record of 1:42.58 set in 1996 by Norwegian Vebjørn Rodal. Amos had recently won the 2012 World Junior title, but Kitum was even younger at only 17-years-old and became the youngest ever medalist in the Olympic 800. Amos’ medal was the first ever for Botswana.

Rudisha said later that he thought of his father, Daniel, at the starting line. Daniel Rudisha had anchored Kenya to a silver in the 4×400 at the 1968 Olympics, and Rudisha noted, “He has always been my role model.” London Organizing Committee chairman Sebastian Coe, himself twice a world-record setter in the 800, noted, “It was the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen. It was the performance of the Games, not just of track & field, but of the Games. Rudisha’s run will go down in history as one of the greatest Olympic victories.”

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
12319David RudishaKEN1:45.90 (1 h2)1:44.35 (1 h2)1:40.91 (1)Gold
21211Nijel AmosBOT1:45.90 (1 h1)1:44.54 (2 h1)1:41.73 (2)Silver
32306Timothy KitumKEN1:45.72 (2 h3)1:44.63 (2 h3)1:42.53 (3)Bronze
43252Duane SolomonUSA1:46.05 (1 h7)1:44.93 (3 h3)1:42.82 (4)
53254Nick SymmondsUSA1:45.91 (1 h4)1:44.87 (3 h2)1:42.95 (5)
61678Mohammed AmanETH1:47.34 (1 h6)1:44.34 (1 h3)1:43.20 (6)
72967Abubaker Kaki KhamisSUD1:45.51 (1 h3)1:44.51 (1 h1)1:43.32 (7)
81827Andrew OsagieGBR1:46.42 (3 h2)1:44.74 (2 h2)1:43.77 (8)
3 h1 r2/32655Adam KszczotPOL1:45.99 (3 h4)1:45.34 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/32293Antony ChemutKEN1:47.42 (2 h6)1:45.63 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/32658Marcin LewandowskiPOL1:47.64 (5 h1)1:45.08 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/31745Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:46.03 (4 h4)1:45.10 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32545Robert LathouwersNED1:46.06 (2 h7)1:45.85 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32803Yury BorzakovskyRUS1:46.29 (5 h4)1:45.09 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32789André OlivierRSA1:46.42 (3 h7)1:45.44 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/31624Luis Alberto MarcoESP1:46.86 (3 h1)1:46.19 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31622Kevin LópezESP1:48.27 (3 h5)1:46.66 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31634Antonio ReinaESP1:47.44 (3 h6)1:45.84 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/31230Fabiano PeçanhaBRA1:46.29 (2 h1)1:46.29 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32754Musaeb Abdulrahman BallaQAT1:46.37 (2 h2)1:47.52 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/31290Geoff HarrisCAN1:45.97 (2 h4)1:46.14 (7 h3)
8 h2 r2/31588Hamada MohamedEGY1:48.05 (1 h5)1:48.18 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/32375Abdulaziz LadanKSA1:46.09 (3 h3)1:48.98 (8 h3)
9 h2 r2/31471Andy GonzálezCUB1:46.24 (4 h3)1:53.46 (9 h2)
AC h1 r2/32085Sajjad MoradiIRI1:48.23 (2 h5)– (AC h1)
4 h1 r1/33248Khadevis RobinsonUSA1:47.17 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/32748Wesley VázquezPUR1:46.45 (4 h2)
4 h5 r1/32245Masato YokotaJPN1:48.48 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/31420Rafith RodríguezCOL1:47.70 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/31516Jakub HolušaCZE1:46.87 (4 h7)
5 h2 r1/31056Jeff RiseleyAUS1:46.99 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31841Gareth WarburtonGBR1:46.97 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/31830Michael RimmerGBR1:49.05 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/32115Adnan TaessIRQ1:47.83 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/33116Julius MutekangaUGA1:48.41 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/32837Ivan TukhtachovRUS1:49.77 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32966Ismail Ahmed IsmailSUD1:48.79 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32043Tamás KaziHUN1:47.10 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31546Andreas BubeDEN1:46.40 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32521Moussa CamaraMLI1:51.36 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/32454Amine El ManaouiMAR1:48.48 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/32027Moise JosephHAI1:48.46 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/32022Derek MandellGUM1:58.94 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/31914Sören LudolphGER1:48.57 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/31014Manuel AntonioANG1:52.54 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32539Edgar CortezNCA1:58.99 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/33364Prince Moses MumbaZAM1:49.07 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/31888Benjamín EnzemaGEQ1:57.47 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/31277Kieng SamornCAM1:55.26 (7 h2)
8 h3 r1/33342Arnold SorinaVAN1:54.29 (8 h3)
8 h6 r1/32346Yerzhan AskarovKGZ1:59.56 (8 h6)
AC2380Mohamed Al-AzemiKUW1:46.48 (AC h1)DQ
AC2527Brice EtèsMON– (AC h4)DQ
AC1008Taoufik MakhloufiALG– (AC h5)DNF
AC1157Anis AnanenkaBLR1:49.61 (AC h2)DQ1
DNS1221Kléberson DavideBRA– (DNS h7)2

Round One (6 August 2012 — 10:50)

Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Nijel AmosBOT1:45.90Q
29Fabiano PeçanhaBRA1:46.29Q
37Luis Alberto MarcoESP1:46.86Q
45Khadevis RobinsonUSA1:47.17
52Marcin LewandowskiPOL1:47.64ADV3
63Ivan TukhtachovRUS1:49.77
76Derek MandellGUM1:58.94
AC4Mohamed Al-AzemiKUW1:46.48DQ4

Splits

400 m52.68Fabiano Peçanha
600 m1:19.93Fabiano Peçanha

Heat Two (10:58)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17David RudishaKEN1:45.90Q
28Musaeb Abdulrahman BallaQAT1:46.37Q
34Andrew OsagieGBR1:46.42Q
46Wesley VázquezPUR1:46.45
59Jeff RiseleyAUS1:46.99
65Ismail Ahmed IsmailSUD1:48.79
73Kieng SamornCAM1:55.26
AC2Anis AnanenkaBLR1:49.61DQ5

Splits

400 m52.70David Rudisha
600 m1:20.32David Rudisha

Heat Three (11:06)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Abubaker Kaki KhamisSUD1:45.51Q
29Timothy KitumKEN1:45.72Q
35Abdulaziz LadanKSA1:46.09Q
47Andy GonzálezCUB1:46.24q
53Gareth WarburtonGBR1:46.97
64Tamás KaziHUN1:47.10
72Sören LudolphGER1:48.57
88Arnold SorinaVAN1:54.29

Splits

400 m52.18Abubaker Kaki Khamis
600 m1:19.48Abubaker Kaki Khamis

Heat Four (11:14)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Nick SymmondsUSA1:45.91Q
24Geoff HarrisCAN1:45.97Q
39Adam KszczotPOL1:45.99Q
46Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:46.03q
57Yury BorzakovskyRUS1:46.29q
62Andreas BubeDEN1:46.40
73Manuel AntonioANG1:52.54
AC8Brice EtèsMONDQ6

Splits

400 m52.53Andreas Bube
600 m1:19.69Adam Kszczot

Heat Five (11:22)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Hamada MohamedEGY1:48.05Q
28Sajjad MoradiIRI1:48.23Q
33Kevin LópezESP1:48.27Q
46Masato YokotaJPN1:48.48
59Michael RimmerGBR1:49.05
62Moussa CamaraMLI1:51.36
75Edgar CortezNCA1:58.99
AC7Taoufik MakhloufiALGDNF7

Splits

400 m55.49Michael Rimmer
600 m1:22.19Hamada Mohamed

Heat Six (11:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Mohammed AmanETH1:47.34Q
24Antony ChemutKEN1:47.42Q
35Antonio ReinaESP1:47.44Q
49Rafith RodríguezCOL1:47.70
53Adnan TaessIRQ1:47.83
66Amine El ManaouiMAR1:48.48
77Prince Moses MumbaZAM1:49.07
88Yerzhan AskarovKGZ1:59.56

Splits

400 m53.44Antony Chemut
600 m1:20.93Antony Chemut

Heat Seven (11:38)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Duane SolomonUSA1:46.05Q
28Robert LathouwersNED1:46.06Q
36André OlivierRSA1:46.42Q
49Jakub HolušaCZE1:46.87
54Julius MutekangaUGA1:48.41
62Moise JosephHAI1:48.46
77Benjamín EnzemaGEQ1:57.47
DNS3Kléberson DavideBRA8

Splits

400 m50.36Duane Solomon
600 m1:17.59Duane Solomon

Semi-Finals (7 August 2012 — 19:55)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:55)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Abubaker Kaki KhamisSUD1:44.51Q
27Nijel AmosBOT1:44.54Q
35Adam KszczotPOL1:45.34
46Antony ChemutKEN1:45.63
59Robert LathouwersNED1:45.85
68Luis Alberto MarcoESP1:46.19
72Fabiano PeçanhaBRA1:46.29
AC3Sajjad MoradiIRIDQ9

Splits

400 m51.01Abubaker Kaki Khamis
600 m1:17.88Abubaker Kaki Khamis

Heat Two (20:04)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17David RudishaKEN1:44.35Q
28Andrew OsagieGBR1:44.74Q
36Nick SymmondsUSA1:44.87q
45Marcin LewandowskiPOL1:45.08
53Yury BorzakovskyRUS1:45.09
64Kevin LópezESP1:46.66
72Musaeb Abdulrahman BallaQAT1:47.52
89Hamada MohamedEGY1:48.18
91Andy GonzálezCUB1:53.46

Splits

400 m51.30Yury Borzakovsky
600 m1:17.81David Rudisha

Heat Three (20:13)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Mohammed AmanETH1:44.34Q
26Timothy KitumKEN1:44.63Q
34Duane SolomonUSA1:44.93q
48Pierre-Ambroise BosseFRA1:45.10
57André OlivierRSA1:45.44
69Antonio ReinaESP1:45.84
72Geoff HarrisCAN1:46.14
83Abdulaziz LadanKSA1:48.98

Splits

400 m51.18Duane Solomon
600 m1:17.72Duane Solomon

Final (9 August 2012 — 20:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14David RudishaKEN1:40.91WR
25Nijel AmosBOT1:41.73
33Timothy KitumKEN1:42.53
47Duane SolomonUSA1:42.82
58Nick SymmondsUSA1:42.95
66Mohammed AmanETH1:43.20
79Abubaker Kaki KhamisSUD1:43.32
82Andrew OsagieGBR1:43.77

Splits

400 m49.28David Rudisha
600 m1:14.30David Rudisha