| Event type

800 metres, Women

Date22 – 25 September 2000
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants38 from 30 countries

Maria Mutola had won three world indoor titles, but had struggled at major outdoor internationals, despite often being favored. She was competing in her fourth Olympics, but her only medal had been a bronze in 1996. The 1999 World Champion had been Czech athlete Ludmila Formanová but she withdrew in round one with an injured ankle. The final pace was set by Czech Helena Fuchsová who led thru 400 metres in a rapid 55.04. Britain’s Kelly Holmes went into the lead at 600 metres, trailed by Mutola and Austria’s Steffi Graf. Mutola moved into the lead off the final turn and pulled away to win by four metres, with Graf getting silver and Holmes the bronze. Mutola had ended her big-meet jinx and would win the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. This was the first ever gold medal won for Mozambique.

12588Maria MutolaMOZ1:59.88 (1 h1)1:58.86 (1 h1)1:56.15 (1)Gold
21151Steffi GrafAUT1:58.39 (1 h5)1:57.56 (1 h2)1:56.64 (2)Silver
31831Kelly HolmesGBR2:01.76 (1 h4)1:58.45 (2 h2)1:56.80 (3)Bronze
43036Brigita LangerholcSLO2:01.89 (2 h2)1:59.05 (4 h2)1:58.51 (4)
51533Helena FuchsováCZE1:58.97 (3 h5)1:58.82 (3 h2)1:58.56 (5)
61488Zulia CalatayudCUB2:00.18 (3 h3)1:59.30 (3 h1)1:58.66 (6)
73335Hazel Clark-RileyUSA2:01.99 (2 h4)1:59.12 (5 h2)1:58.75 (7)
82531Hasna BenhassiMAR2:00.50 (3 h1)1:59.19 (2 h1)1:59.27 (8)
4 h1 r2/31827Tamsyn LewisAUS2:00.23 (2 h1)1:59.33 (4 h1)
5 h1 r2/33362Jearl Miles-ClarkUSA2:01.79 (1 h2)1:59.44 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/31906Claudia GesellGER1:58.56 (2 h5)1:59.69 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32682Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:59.37 (4 h5)1:59.84 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/32288Charmaine HowellJAM2:01.14 (5 h3)2:00.63 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32959Irina MistyukevichRUS1:59.73 (2 h3)2:02.95 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/31630Mayté MartínezESP1:59.60 (1 h3)2:03.27 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/33336Joetta Clark-DiggsUSA2:00.19 (4 h3)2:04.12 (8 h2)
3 h2 r1/32968Olga RaspopovaRUS2:01.95 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/32982Nataliya TsyganovaRUS2:02.26 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/31236Natasha DukhnovaBLR2:03.20 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/33082Letitia VriesdeSUR2:02.09 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/31211Sandra StalsBEL2:02.33 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/33191Grace BirungiUGA2:03.32 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/32530Mina Aït HammouMAR2:03.25 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/31099Sue AndrewsAUS2:03.31 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/31837Diane ModahlGBR2:02.41 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/33225Olena BuzhenkoUKR2:03.48 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/31357Léontine TsibaCGO2:04.08 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32992Christine MukamutesiRWA2:14.15 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/32464Irina LatveLAT2:06.05 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31773Adama N'JieGAM2:07.90 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/31002Florencia HuntAHO2:03.78 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32824Elena IagărROU2:07.56 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/31852Anhel CapeGBS2:17.05 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/31030 Delfina JoaquimANG2:15.02 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/31046Anna NasilyanARM2:14.86 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/33149Direma BanassoTOG2:13.67 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/31546Roda WaisDJI2:31.71 (8 h2)
AC h3 r1/31532Ludmila FormanováCZE– (DNF h3)
DNS2589Tina PaulinoMOZ– (DNS h5)

Round One (22 September 2000)

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

Heat One (10:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Maria MutolaMOZ1:59.88Q
23Tamsyn LewisAUS2:00.23Q
38Hasna BenhassiMAR2:00.50q
41Natasha DukhnovaBLR2:03.20
56Grace BirungiUGA2:03.32
67Olena BuzhenkoUKR2:03.48
74Florencia HuntAHO2:03.78
82Direma BanassoTOG2:13.67

Heat Two (10:07)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Jearl Miles-ClarkUSA2:01.79Q
27Brigita LangerholcSLO2:01.89Q
31Olga RaspopovaRUS2:01.95
42Letitia VriesdeSUR2:02.09
55Mina Aït HammouMAR2:03.25
66Léontine TsibaCGO2:04.08
78Elena IagărROU2:07.56
84Roda WaisDJI2:31.71

Heat Three (10:14)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Mayté MartínezESP1:59.60Q
26Irina MistyukevichRUS1:59.73Q
38Zulia CalatayudCUB2:00.18q
44Joetta Clark-DiggsUSA2:00.19q
57Charmaine HowellJAM2:01.14q
65Christine MukamutesiRWA2:14.15
71Anhel CapeGBS2:17.05
DNF2Ludmila FormanováCZE

Heat Four (10:21)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Kelly HolmesGBR2:01.76Q
25Hazel Clark-RileyUSA2:01.99Q
38Nataliya TsyganovaRUS2:02.26
44Sandra StalsBEL2:02.33
51Sue AndrewsAUS2:03.31
62Irina LatveLAT2:06.05
73 Delfina JoaquimANG2:15.02

Heat Five (10:28)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Steffi GrafAUT1:58.39Q
22Claudia GesellGER1:58.56Q
34Helena FuchsováCZE1:58.97q
47Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:59.37q
55Diane ModahlGBR2:02.41
66Adama N'JieGAM2:07.90
78Anna NasilyanARM2:14.86
DNS3Tina PaulinoMOZ

Semi-Finals (23 September 2000)

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

Heat One (19:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Maria MutolaMOZ1:58.86Q
24Hasna BenhassiMAR1:59.19Q
32Zulia CalatayudCUB1:59.30Q
47Tamsyn LewisAUS1:59.33
53Jearl Miles-ClarkUSA1:59.44
66Claudia GesellGER1:59.69
78Charmaine HowellJAM2:00.63
81Mayté MartínezESP2:03.27

Heat Two (19:17)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Steffi GrafAUT1:57.56Q
22Kelly HolmesGBR1:58.45Q
34Helena FuchsováCZE1:58.82Q
41Brigita LangerholcSLO1:59.05q
56Hazel Clark-RileyUSA1:59.12q
67Toni HodgkinsonNZL1:59.84
75Irina MistyukevichRUS2:02.95
88Joetta Clark-DiggsUSA2:04.12

Final (25 September 2000 — 21:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Maria MutolaMOZ1:56.15
25Steffi GrafAUT1:56.64
33Kelly HolmesGBR1:56.80
48Brigita LangerholcSLO1:58.51
51Helena FuchsováCZE1:58.56
67Zulia CalatayudCUB1:58.66
72Hazel Clark-RileyUSA1:58.75
84Hasna BenhassiMAR1:59.27


400 m55:04Helena Fuchsová