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800 metres, Men

Date3 – 6 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants69 from 55 countries
Olympic Record 1:43.50 WR / Alberto Juantorena CUB / 25 July 1976

The favorites were Brazil’s Joaquim Cruz and the 1980 silver medalist, Briton Sebastian Coe. Coe was the world record holder, having run 1:41.73 in Firenze in 1981. He was almost unmatched running against the clock but his tactical record in major races was his downfall. Defending champion Steve Ovett was also back and made the final, but was suffering from a respiratory ailment in Los Angeles and never factored in the race. Kenya’s Edwin Koech took the early lead and held it thru 600 metres, passing the bell in 51.1. Cruz and Coe were on his shoulder in the final curve and Cruz attacked first, taking the lead at the head of the stretch and Coe could never recover, Cruz widening his lead to five metres at the line. Cruz almost broke Coe’s world record in August 1985 in Köln, Germany, running 1:41.77. Coe would end his career winning only one major international race at 800 metres, the 1986 European Championship.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
193Joaquim CruzBRA1:45.66 (1 h5)1:44.84 (1 h3)1:43.82 (1 h1)1:43.00 (1)GoldOR
2359Seb CoeGBR1:45.71 (1 h2)1:46.75 (3 h2)1:45.51 (1 h2)1:43.64 (2)Silver
3909Earl JonesUSA1:47.75 (1 h4)1:45.44 (1 h4)1:44.51 (3 h1)1:43.83 (3)Bronze
4585Billy KonchellahKEN1:46.27 (1 h9)1:46.15 (1 h2)1:45.67 (2 h2)1:44.03 (4)
5520Donato SabiaITA1:47.04 (3 h1)1:44.90 (2 h1)1:45.96 (4 h2)1:44.53 (5)
6584Edwin KoechKEN1:47.11 (1 h7)1:44.74 (1 h1)1:44.12 (2 h1)1:44.86 (6)
7902Johnny GrayUSA1:47.19 (1 h6)1:45.82 (3 h3)1:45.82 (3 h2)1:47.89 (7)
8388Steve OvettGBR1:46.66 (2 h5)1:45.72 (2 h3)1:44.81 (4 h1)1:52.28 (8)
5 h1 r3/4780Omer KhalifaSUD1:45.81 (2 h2)1:46.33 (2 h2)1:44.87 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4309Hans-Peter FernerFRG1:47.55 (2 h7)1:45.52 (2 h4)1:46.16 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4752Moussa FallSEN1:47.91 (2 h3)1:45.71 (4 h4)1:45.03 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/499Agberto GuimarãesBRA1:47.72 (3 h7)1:45.18 (3 h1)1:46.60 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4950William WuyckeVEN1:46.88 (2 h8)1:46.17 (4 h3)1:47.32 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4591Juma NdiwaKEN1:46.73 (1 h8)1:45.59 (3 h4)1:48.06 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/491José Luis BarbosaBRA1:47.12 (3 h9)1:46.87 (4 h2)1:48.70 (8 h2)
4 h1 r2/4365Peter ElliottGBR1:46.98 (2 h9)1:45.49 (4 h1)– (DNS h1)
5 h1 r2/4623Faouzi LahbiMAR1:47.81 (2 h4)1:45.67 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4920John MarshallUSA1:47.99 (3 h3)1:47.18 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4773Abdi BileSOM1:46.92 (2 h1)1:46.49 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4855Mohamed AlouiniTUN1:47.20 (3 h8)1:45.78 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4754Babacar NiangSEN1:46.90 (1 h1)1:45.71 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4508Riccardo MaterazziITA1:46.03 (4 h2)1:47.90 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4541Owen HamiltonJAM1:46.95 (1 h3)1:46.74 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4470Marcus O'SullivanIRL1:46.85 (5 h2)1:46.21 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4430Sotirios MoutsanasGRE1:47.32 (4 h1)1:46.34 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/44Ahmed Bel KessamALG1:47.51 (4 h6)1:48.11 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/438Pat ScammellAUS1:47.24 (2 h6)1:47.40 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4438Oslen BarrGUY1:47.65 (3 h5)1:46.97 (7 h4)
8 h2 r2/4790Marco MayrSUI1:47.36 (3 h6)1:48.30 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4138Bruce RobertsCAN1:47.56 (4 h9)1:49.72 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4282Philippe DupontFRA1:48.09 (3 h4)1:48.95 (8 h4)
3 h2 r1/4242Colomán TrabadoESP1:46.00 (3 h2)– (DNS h1)
4 h3 r1/4771Jama AdenSOM1:48.64 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4313Axel HarriesFRG1:48.92 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4227Benjamín GonzálezESP1:48.01 (4 h5)
4 h7 r1/4479Mark HandelsmanISR1:47.90 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/4124Simon HoogewerfCAN1:47.74 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/489Joe RamotshabiBOT1:48.17 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/4692Peter PearlessNZL1:49.95 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4553Mouteb Al-FaouriJOR1:53.89 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4621Batumalai RajakumarMAS1:48.19 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4706Syed Meshaq RizviPAK1:51.29 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4534Jerry MolyneauxIVB1:53.23 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4964Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM1:49.59 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4453Charles BorromeoIND1:51.52 (5 h9)
6 h1 r1/4649André TitosMOZ1:51.73 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4981Archfell MusangoZAM1:48.84 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4436Alberto LópezGUA1:54.19 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4866Ibrahim AzizUAE1:54.86 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4625Isaac GanungaMAW1:51.25 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4411William AmakyeGHA1:54.80 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4972Jean-Marie RudasingwaRWA1:53.23 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/41007Charlie OliverSOL1:53.22 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/414Dale JonesANT1:51.52 (6 h9)
7 h1 r1/41005Samuel SawnyGRN1:53.08 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4206Leopoldo AcostaECU1:54.06 (7 h2)
7 h5 r1/4712Francisco FigueredoPAR1:52.22 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4761Philip SinonSEY2:04.89 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4405Bartolomé Esono AsumuGEQ2:17.29 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/4703Barakat Al-SharjiOMA2:00.38 (7 h8)
7 h9 r1/4348Peter CeesayGAM1:55.35 (7 h9)
8 h1 r1/4653Jodha GurungNEP1:56.72 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/4770Manlio MolinariSMR1:57.09 (8 h2)
8 h5 r1/4798Siegfried CrudenSUR1:53.31 (8 h5)
8 h8 r1/4952Abdul Al-GhadiYAR2:05.90 (8 h8)
8 h9 r1/4156Ousman MiangotoCHA1:56.02 (8 h9)
AC h3 r1/4820Vusie DlaminiSWZ– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/4602Kim Bok-JooKOR1:51.37 (AC h4)
AC h7 r1/4975Moussa DaweyeNIG1:52.08 (AC h7)
DNS190Manuel RamírezCOL– (DNS h3)

Round One (3 August 1984 — 16:40)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Babacar NiangSEN1:46.90Q
27Abdi BileSOM1:46.92Q
33Donato SabiaITA1:47.04Q
46Sotirios MoutsanasGRE1:47.32q
54Joe RamotshabiBOT1:48.17
65André TitosMOZ1:51.73
72Samuel SawnyGRN1:53.08
88Jodha GurungNEP1:56.72

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Seb CoeGBR1:45.71Q
21Omer KhalifaSUD1:45.81Q
32Colomán TrabadoESP1:46.00Q
43Riccardo MaterazziITA1:46.03q
54Marcus O'SullivanIRL1:46.85q
67Archfell MusangoZAM1:48.84
75Leopoldo AcostaECU1:54.06
86Manlio MolinariSMR1:57.09

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Owen HamiltonJAM1:46.95Q
24Moussa FallSEN1:47.91Q
33John MarshallUSA1:47.99Q
42Jama AdenSOM1:48.64
55Peter PearlessNZL1:49.95
61Alberto LópezGUA1:54.19
AC8Vusie DlaminiSWZDQ
DNS7Manuel RamírezCOL

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Earl JonesUSA1:47.75Q
24Faouzi LahbiMAR1:47.81Q
33Philippe DupontFRA1:48.09Q
45Axel HarriesFRG1:48.92
52Mouteb Al-FaouriJOR1:53.89
61Ibrahim AzizUAE1:54.86
AC7Kim Bok-JooKOR1:51.37DQ

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Joaquim CruzBRA1:45.66Q
26Steve OvettGBR1:46.66Q
32Oslen BarrGUY1:47.65Q
43Benjamín GonzálezESP1:48.01
54Batumalai RajakumarMAS1:48.19
67Isaac GanungaMAW1:51.25
75Francisco FigueredoPAR1:52.22
88Siegfried CrudenSUR1:53.31

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Johnny GrayUSA1:47.19Q
27Pat ScammellAUS1:47.24Q
35Marco MayrSUI1:47.36Q
42Ahmed Bel KessamALG1:47.51q
53Syed Meshaq RizviPAK1:51.29
61William AmakyeGHA1:54.80
74Philip SinonSEY2:04.89

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Edwin KoechKEN1:47.11Q
22Hans-Peter FernerFRG1:47.55Q
33Agberto GuimarãesBRA1:47.72Q
48Mark HandelsmanISR1:47.90
57Jerry MolyneauxIVB1:53.23
66Jean-Marie RudasingwaRWA1:53.23
75Bartolomé Esono AsumuGEQ2:17.29
AC4Moussa DaweyeNIG1:52.08DQ

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Juma NdiwaKEN1:46.73Q
23William WuyckeVEN1:46.88Q
32Mohamed AlouiniTUN1:47.20Q
41Simon HoogewerfCAN1:47.74
58Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM1:49.59
65Charlie OliverSOL1:53.22
77Barakat Al-SharjiOMA2:00.38
86Abdul Al-GhadiYAR2:05.90

Heat Nine

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Billy KonchellahKEN1:46.27Q
24Peter ElliottGBR1:46.98Q
33José Luis BarbosaBRA1:47.12Q
48Bruce RobertsCAN1:47.56q
55Charles BorromeoIND1:51.52
62Dale JonesANT1:51.52
71Peter CeesayGAM1:55.35
87Ousman MiangotoCHA1:56.02

Quarter-Finals (4 August 1984 — 17:40)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Edwin KoechKEN1:44.74Q
28Donato SabiaITA1:44.90Q
33Agberto GuimarãesBRA1:45.18Q
44Peter ElliottGBR1:45.49Q
57Faouzi LahbiMAR1:45.67
62Babacar NiangSEN1:45.71
75Sotirios MoutsanasGRE1:46.34
DNS242Colomán TrabadoESP

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Billy KonchellahKEN1:46.15Q
21Omer KhalifaSUD1:46.33Q
38Seb CoeGBR1:46.75Q
42José Luis BarbosaBRA1:46.87Q
54John MarshallUSA1:47.18
67Riccardo MaterazziITA1:47.90
73Ahmed Bel KessamALG1:48.11
86Marco MayrSUI1:48.30

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Joaquim CruzBRA1:44.84Q
28Steve OvettGBR1:45.72Q
32Johnny GrayUSA1:45.82Q
46William WuyckeVEN1:46.17Q
54Abdi BileSOM1:46.49
63Owen HamiltonJAM1:46.74
75Pat ScammellAUS1:47.40
87Bruce RobertsCAN1:49.72

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Earl JonesUSA1:45.44Q
22Hans-Peter FernerFRG1:45.52Q
33Juma NdiwaKEN1:45.59Q
44Moussa FallSEN1:45.71Q
55Mohamed AlouiniTUN1:45.78
68Marcus O'SullivanIRL1:46.21
76Oslen BarrGUY1:46.97
81Philippe DupontFRA1:48.95

Semi-Finals (5 August 1984 — 18:05)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Joaquim CruzBRA1:43.82Q
23Edwin KoechKEN1:44.12Q
38Earl JonesUSA1:44.51Q
41Steve OvettGBR1:44.81Q
56Omer KhalifaSUD1:44.87
64Moussa FallSEN1:45.03
77William WuyckeVEN1:47.32
DNS365Peter ElliottGBR

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Seb CoeGBR1:45.51Q
25Billy KonchellahKEN1:45.67Q
34Johnny GrayUSA1:45.82Q
47Donato SabiaITA1:45.96Q
58Hans-Peter FernerFRG1:46.16
66Agberto GuimarãesBRA1:46.60
73Juma NdiwaKEN1:48.06
82José Luis BarbosaBRA1:48.70

Final (6 August 1984 — 17:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Joaquim CruzBRA1:43.00OR
23Seb CoeGBR1:43.64
31Earl JonesUSA1:43.83
44Billy KonchellahKEN1:44.03
52Donato SabiaITA1:44.53
68Edwin KoechKEN1:44.86
75Johnny GrayUSA1:47.89
87Steve OvettGBR1:52.28

Splits

200 m24.1Edwin Koech
400 m51.1Edwin Koech
600 m1:17.8Edwin Koech