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800 metres, Women

Date26 – 29 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants36 from 30 countries
Olympic Record 1:53.5 WR / Nadezhda Olizarenko URS / 27 July 1980

In January 1993, Ana Fidelia Quirot was cooking with a kerosene cooker at her home when it exploded, leaving her with 3rd-degree burns over 40% of her body. She endured a long hospitalization, and 21 surgeries with multiple skin grafts to cover the burned skin. Incredibly she returned to competition in November, and recovered enough to win the 1995 World Championships. Co-favorite with her in Atlanta was Mozambique’s Maria Mutola, who had first run in the Olympics in 1988 as a 15-year-old, and placed fifth in 1992 800. Mutola had lost only one race since 1993, that the 1995 Worlds to Quirot when she was disqualified for running out of her lane before the break. Nobody was considering Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova, who had not competed in 1994 or 1995. But in the final she moved into the lead at the gun, but then slowed the pace. She continued to lead into the straight when she was challenged by Quirot. But Masterkova took off with 80 metres left and dropped her easily. Mutola never really challenged for the gold but moved up in the run-in to get a bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
13700Svetlana MasterkovaRUS1:59.67 (1 h1)1:57.95 (1 h1)1:57.73 (1)Gold
23201Ana Fidelia QuirotCUB1:59.98 (1 h4)1:57.99 (2 h1)1:58.11 (2)Silver
33569Maria MutolaMOZ1:58.98 (1 h2)1:57.62 (1 h2)1:58.71 (3)Bronze
43313Kelly HolmesGBR1:58.80 (1 h5)1:58.49 (3 h1)1:58.81 (4)
53672Yelena AfanasyevaRUS1:59.18 (2 h2)1:57.77 (2 h2)1:59.57 (5)
63290Patricia Djaté-TaillardFRA1:58.98 (2 h5)1:57.93 (3 h2)1:59.61 (6)
73076Natasha DukhnovaBLR1:59.23 (1 h3)1:58.67 (4 h1)2:00.32 (7)
83615Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:59.35 (2 h3)1:58.25 (4 h2)2:00.54 (8)
5 h1 r2/33904Dawn WilliamsDMA1:59.65 (3 h3)1:59.06 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/33765Letitia VriesdeSUR1:59.71 (2 h1)1:58.29 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/33356Linda KisabakaGER1:59.56 (3 h2)1:59.23 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33205Ludmila FormanováCZE1:59.37 (3 h5)1:59.28 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/33291Viviane DorsileFRA2:00.02 (4 h2)2:00.68 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/33866Meredith RaineyUSA1:59.96 (4 h3)1:59.36 (7 h2)
8 h2 r2/33718Lyubov TsyomaRUS2:00.18 (5 h3)2:02.50 (8 h2)
AC h1 r2/33579Stella JongmansNED2:00.26 (2 h4)– (AC h1)
3 h1 r1/33103Luciana MendesBRA2:00.25 (3 h1)
3 h4 r1/33824Joetta ClarkUSA2:00.38 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/33005Noria BenidaALG2:02.44 (4 h1)
4 h4 r1/33770Malin EwerlöfSWE2:01.61 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/33838Suzy HamiltonUSA2:00.47 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/33162Zhang JianCHN2:04.17 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/33631Eduarda CoelhoPOR2:03.22 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/33115Petya StrashilovaBUL2:02.13 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/33484Inez TurnerJAM2:01.48 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/33141Léontine TsibaCGO2:08.58 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/33016Marta OrellanaARG2:04.99 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33129Charmaine CrooksCAN2:00.27 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33035Lisa LightfootAUS2:02.88 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/33259Kutre DulechaETH2:04.80 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/33071Sharette GarcíaBIZ2:13.52 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/33560Yaznee NasheedaMDV2:36.85 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/33773Restituta JosephTAN2:08.31 (7 h4)
AC h2 r1/33326Diane ModahlGBR– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/33239Ana MenéndezESP– (AC h3)
AC h5 r1/33303Adama N'JieGAM– (AC h5)
DNS3570Tina PaulinoMOZ– (DNS h1)

Round One (26 July 1996)

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

Heat One (17:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Svetlana MasterkovaRUS1:59.67Q
25Letitia VriesdeSUR1:59.71Q
34Luciana MendesBRA2:00.25
41Noria BenidaALG2:02.44
52Zhang JianCHN2:04.17
66Léontine TsibaCGO2:08.58
78Sharette GarcíaBIZ2:13.52
DNS7Tina PaulinoMOZ

Heat Two (17:07)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Maria MutolaMOZ1:58.98Q
26Yelena AfanasyevaRUS1:59.18Q
33Linda KisabakaGER1:59.56q
41Viviane DorsileFRA2:00.02q
57Eduarda CoelhoPOR2:03.22
68Marta OrellanaARG2:04.99
AC2Diane ModahlGBRDNF

Heat Three (17:14)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Natasha DukhnovaBLR1:59.23Q
22Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:59.35Q
37Dawn WilliamsDMA1:59.65q
45Meredith RaineyUSA1:59.96q
54Lyubov TsyomaRUS2:00.18q
68Charmaine CrooksCAN2:00.27
71Yaznee NasheedaMDV2:36.85
AC3Ana MenéndezESPDNF

Heat Four (17:22)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Ana Fidelia QuirotCUB1:59.98Q
24Stella JongmansNED2:00.26Q
33Joetta ClarkUSA2:00.38
47Malin EwerlöfSWE2:01.61
55Petya StrashilovaBUL2:02.13
68Lisa LightfootAUS2:02.88
76Restituta JosephTAN2:08.31

Heat Five (17:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Kelly HolmesGBR1:58.80Q
27Patricia Djaté-TaillardFRA1:58.98Q
32Ludmila FormanováCZE1:59.37q
43Suzy HamiltonUSA2:00.47
55Inez TurnerJAM2:01.48
64Kutre DulechaETH2:04.80
AC1Adama N'JieGAMDNF

Semi-Finals (27 July 1996)

Top four in each advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:25)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Svetlana MasterkovaRUS1:57.95Q
24Ana Fidelia QuirotCUB1:57.99Q
33Kelly HolmesGBR1:58.49Q
45Natasha DukhnovaBLR1:58.67Q
57Dawn WilliamsDMA1:59.06
61Linda KisabakaGER1:59.23
72Viviane DorsileFRA2:00.68
AC8Stella JongmansNEDDNF

Heat Two (20:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Maria MutolaMOZ1:57.62Q
22Yelena AfanasyevaRUS1:57.77Q
33Patricia Djaté-TaillardFRA1:57.93Q
41Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:58.25Q
55Letitia VriesdeSUR1:58.29
68Ludmila FormanováCZE1:59.28
74Meredith RaineyUSA1:59.36
87Lyubov TsyomaRUS2:02.50

Final (29 July 1996 — 19:15)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Svetlana MasterkovaRUS1:57.73
26Ana Fidelia QuirotCUB1:58.11
35Maria MutolaMOZ1:58.71
42Kelly HolmesGBR1:58.81
54Yelena AfanasyevaRUS1:59.57
68Patricia Djaté-TaillardFRA1:59.61
77Natasha DukhnovaBLR2:00.32
81Toni HodgkinsonNZL2:00.54