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1991 World Championships in Athletics Tokyo, Japan

1991 3rd IAAF World Championships - Tokyo - Men's 800m

 

 

Host City: Tokyo, Japan Format: First round (First 2 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 25)
Dates: August 23 – September 1 Format: Semi-finals (First four to final) (Aug 26)
Nations participating: 167
Athletes participating: 1517
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   tokyo olympic stadium04 
Poor health, including tuberculosis and asthma, had prevented Konchellah from consolidating his Rome win. He missed the 1988 Olympic Games and did not run at all in 1989. His best run of 1990 was only 1:46.72. At the end of that year, the US-based Kenyan moved his home from Los Angeles to the clear air of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This undoubtedly helped Konchellah to return to the highest level in 1991. Gray (400m: 51.01) set the pace. Barbosa, the 1987 bronze medallist, took over on the second lap, followed by Olympic Champion Ereng. The Brazilian looked set for victory before Konchellah’s superior speed carried him from 4th place at 600m to victory by 2m.

These are the official results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 42 participating athletes, with three qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday August 27, 1991.

In the final, against character, Mark Everett, in a dark blue USA uniform took the lead at the break squeezing out José Luíz Barbosa. Along the home stretch, Johnny Gray in a white USA uniform worked his way around Barbosa and then Everett to take the lead just before the bell completing the first lap in 51.01. Through the turn, Barbosa passed Everett, followed by Paul Ereng and eventually most of the field as Everett went backward. As Piotr Piekarski was the sixth runner to go by Everett, he began to resist. At the beginning of the final turn, Barbosa caught Gray and went around, followed closely by Ereng, Gray began straining, his long strides half speed to the others who were running around him. Billy Konchellah was the next to pass Gray through the turn and sprinting wide on the outside, Everett had come back to challenge. Barbosa had a 2-meter lead and was running along the rail for the finish, followed by Ereng. Barbosa steadily pulled away from Ereng but Konchellah sprinting along the outside made up 5 metres and caught Barbosa 6 metres before the finish line to take the win. Behind him, Everett came sprinting, arm flopping, past Ereng to take the bronze.

Records

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:41.73 Florence, Italy June 10, 1981
Championship Record  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.06 Rome, Italy September 1, 1987
 
 
  800m 27 August
  Final
1 Billy Konchellah KEN 20 Oct 62 1.43.99
2 José Luiz Barbosa BRA 27 May 61 1.44.24
3 Mark Everett USA 2 Sep 68 1.44.67
4 Paul Ereng KEN 22 Aug 67 1.44.75
5 Piotr Piekarski POL 10 Apr 64 1.45.44
6 Johnny Gray USA 19 Jun 60 1.45.67
7 Andrey Sudnik URS 11 May 67 1.46.36
8 Tomás De Teresa ESP 5 Sep 68 1.47.65
  Semifinals 26 August
  Heat 1
1 Billy Konchellah KEN 1.46.86
2 Mark Everett USA 1.46.96
3 Johnny Gray USA 1.47.04
4 Piotr Piekarski POL 1.47.14
5 Freddie Williams CAN 1.47.17
6 Robert Kibet KEN 1.47.36
7 Frederic Cornette FRA 1.48.04
8 Steve Heard GBR 1.49.91
  Heat 2
1 Jose Luiz Barbosa BRA 1.45.14
2 Paul Ereng KEN 1.45.42
3 Tomas de Teresa ESP 1.45.84
4 Andrey Sudnik URS 1.45.91
5 George Kersh USA 1.45.98
6 Mbiganyi Thee BOT 1.46.30
7 Joachim Dehmel GER 1.47.91
8 Brian Whittle GBR 1.54.14
  Heats 25 August
  Heat 1
1 Billy Konchellah KEN 1.47.35
2 Mark Everett USA 1.47.37
3 Tom McKean GBR 1.47.38
4 Desta Asgedom ETH 1.48.28
5 Fabian Franco GIB 1.54.29
6 Charles Nkazamyampi BUR 4.13.28
- Ismael Youssef QAT DQ
  Heat 2
1 Paul Ereng KEN 1.45.94
2 Tomas de Teresa ESP 1.46.41
3 Slobodan Popovic YUG 1.46.89
4 Valeriy Starodubtsev URS 1.47.55
5 Ari Suhonen FIN 1.48.15
6 Luis Martinez GUA 1.49.07
- Ibrahim Okash SOM DNS
  Heat 3
1 Robert Kibet KEN 1.50.13
2 Brian Whittle GBR 1.50.30
3 Luis Javier Gonzalez ESP 1.50.46
4 Reda Abdenouz ALG 1.50.47
5 Pablo Squella CHI 1.50.92
6 Luis Migueles ARG 1.51.42
7 Samson Vallabouy MAS 1.51.46
  Heat 4
1 George Kersh USA 1.47.00
2 Frederic Cornette FRA 1.47.02
3 Ahmed Belkessam ALG 1.47.06
4 Esko Parpala FIN 1.47.28
5 Babacar Niang SEN 1.47.75
6 Dale Jones ANT 1.48.62
- Dieudonne Kwizera BUR DNS
  Heat 5
1 Jose Luiz Barbosa BRA 1.45.68
2 Freddie Williams CAN 1.45.83
3 Mbiganyi Thee BOT 1.45.94
4 Joachim Dehmel GER 1.46.24
5 Steve Heard GBR 1.46.29
6 Tommy Asinga SUR 1.47.33
- Joao N'Tyamba ANO DQ
  Heat 6
1 Johnny Gray USA 1.46.59
2 Piotr Piekarski POL 1.46.63
3 Andrey Sudnik URS 1.46.77
4 Giuseppe D'Urso ITA 1.46.82
5 Markus Trinkler SUI 1.47.67
6 Antonio Abrantes POR 1.47.91
7 Douglas Kalembo ZAM 1.48.26

Heat 1 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Tom McKean GBR GBR 1:43.88  
2 Mark Everett USA USA    
3 Billy Konchellah KEN KEN 1:43.06  
4 Desta Asgedom ETH ETH 1:46.35  
5 Fabian Franco GIB GIB    
6 Charles Nkazamyampi BDI BDI 1:50.80i 1:50.80i
7 Mohamed Ismail Youssef QAT QAT 1:46.16  

Heat 2 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Paul Ereng KEN KEN 1:43.16 1:47.08i
2 Ari Suhonen FIN FIN 1:44.10  
3 Ibrahim Okash SOM SOM 1:46.61  
4 Slobodan Popovic YUG YUG 1:44.75  
5 Tomás de Teresa ESP ESP 1:44.99 1:47.82i
6 Luis Martínez GUA GUA    
7 Valeriy Starodubtsev URS URS 1:46.1i 1:46.1i

Heat 3 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Robert Kibet KEN KEN    
2 Pablo Squella CHI CHI 1:45.75 1:49.07i
3 Réda Abdenouz ALG ALG 1:47.35  
4 Brian Whittle GBR GBR 1:45.47  
5 Samson Vallabouy MAS MAS    
6 Luis Migueles ARG ARG 1:46.01 1:49.00i
7 Luis Javier González ESP ESP 1:51.47i 1:51.47i

Heat 4 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 George Kersh USA USA 1:50.41  
2 Babacar Niang SEN SEN 1:45.71  
3 Frédéric Cornette FRA FRA    
4 Dale Jones ANT ANT 1:54.56i  
5 Ahmed Belkessam ALG ALG 1:50.18i 1:50.18i
6 Dieudonné Kwizera BDI BDI 1:45.06  
7 Esko Parpala FIN FIN    

Heat 5 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Freddie Williams CAN CAN    
2 Mbiganyi Thee BOT BOT 1:51.89i 1:51.89i
3 José Luíz Barbosa BRA BRA 1:43.20  
4 Steve Heard GBR GBR 1:49.71i  
5 Joachim Dehmel GER GER 1:48.17i 1:48.17i
6 João N'Tyamba ANG ANG    
7 Tommy Asinga SUR SUR 1:53.36  

Heat 6 25 AUG 1991 17:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Giuseppe D'Urso ITA ITA 1:52.16  
2 Markus Trinkler SUI SUI 1:45.24 1:45.24
3 Piotr Piekarski POL POL    
4 Andrey Sudnik URS URS 1:45.9i 1:45.9i
5 Antonio Abrantes POR POR    
6 Douglas Kalembo ZAM ZAM 1:46.93 1:46.93
7 Johnny Gray USA USA 1:42.60  

 

 

 

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