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2001 World Championships in Athletics Edmonton, Canada

2001 8th IAAF World Championships - Edmonton - Women's 800m

 

 

Host City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Format: First round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 9)
Dates: August 3–12, 2001 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 10)
Nations participating: 189
Athletes participating: 1677
    Main venue: Commonwealth Stadium
Overview by IAAF   EDMONTON STADIUM 
Mutola regained her title after “probably the most difficult race I have ever run.” The final was orchestrated by 1995 silver medallist Vriesde, who passed 400m in 59.07 before running a fierce third 200m (29.55) which drew her and the two favourites – Mutola and Graf – away from the field. Surprising, Vriesde (36) did not tie up and continued running strongly down the finishing straight. Graf nipped in front with 60m remaining but Mutola seemed to be leaving her challenge too late and remained behind the gallant Vriesde. Eventually, she managed to move up and outdip Graf at the last possible moment, just as she had at the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon. Mutola therefore became the only athlete to win gold at the 2000 Olympics and both World Championships in 2001.
 These are the official results of the Women's 800 metres event at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada
 
  800m 12 August
Women's 800m final - 800 m femmes, finale
Olympic champion Maria MUTOLA of Mozambique regained the world 800m title she last won in Stuttgart in 1993 this afternoon with a last ditch lean which just edged out Austria's great gold medal hope Stephanie GRAF on the line. So close were these two great rivals in the last strides of the home straight that it took the photo-finish judges to separate them.
MUTOLA, with a winning time of 1:57.17, was just three hundredths of a second ahead of GRAF, who despite running her fastest race of the year could not reverse the positions from last year's Olympic Games. Surinam's Letitia VRIESDE, the 1995 World Championships silver medallist, took the bronze in a season's best for her of 1:57.35.
VRIESDE's medal came courtesy of some brave front running. The Surinamese led from the start, taking the field through 200m in 28.07, with GRAF and MUTOLA already in position behind her. Olympic bronze medallist Kelly HOLMES of Britain ran wide to take up fourth at the bell, which VRIESDE passed in 59.08. Canadian champion Diane CUMMINS was giving hope to the crowd in fifth place.
The positions remained unchanged to 600m when VRIESDE kicked from the front, taking GRAF and MUTOLA with her and opening a gap to HOLMES which would never be closed. As they entered the straight GRAF moved onto VRIESDE's shoulder and looked ready to strike. But MUTOLA wasn't beaten. Running wide in lane two, the Olympic champion caught GRAF only in the last 10 metres, just as GRAF moved ahead of the battling VRIESDE, and only thrust her chest in front in the last two strides to take the gold medal.
Kenya's Faith MACHARIA won the battle for the minor places, finishing fourth in 1:58.98, with CUMMINS recording a personal best of 1:59.76 in fifth. HOLMES faded badly in the home straight and crossed the line sixth.
MUTOLA, who lost the gold in Seville by just four hundredths, won the closest ever World Championships final. She now has two World Championships gold medals to go with her bronze from 1997 and silver from Seville two years ago.
  Final
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.57.17
2 Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 1.57.20
3 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 1.57.35
4 Faith Macharia KEN 9 Feb 76 1.58.98
5 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 1.59.49
6 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 1.59.76
7 Mayte Martínez ESP 17 May 76 2.00.09
8 Ivonne Teichmann GER 11 Apr 77 2.04.33
Women's 800m semi-finals
Close rivals and Olympic gold and silver medallists Maria MUTOLA of Mozambique and Stephanie GRAF of Austria showed that, once again, they will battle for the honours in the women's 800m final on Sunday night. Both won their respective semi-finals this evening with ease, looking a class apart fronm the other runners.
MUTOLA, in heat two, cloked marginally the quicker time, 1:59.47. MUTOLA made her move 250 metres from home, following an early kick from Surinam's Pan American Games champion Letitia VRIESDE. These two entrered the home straight some five metres clear of the rest and MUTOLA eased ahead over the last 50 metres. VRIESDE was second in 1:59.58, the only other athlete under two minutes.
Fast finishes from Spanish champion Mayte MARTINEZ and Kenyan champion Faith MACHARIA saw them into the final at the expense of the fading Cuban Zulia CALATAYUD.
GRAF also produced a commanding performance in heat one, sprinting away from the field with 150m to go after a slow race. GRAF gained five metres by the time she entered the straight, and stretched that to 10 as she powered towards the line, which she crossed in 2:01.24.
Behind her the Olympic bronze medallist Kelly HOLMES of Great Britain ran a sensible race, keeping out of danger and sprinting around the outside of the pack from 200m out to claim second place in 2:01.90. Canada's Diane CUMMINS delighted the crowd by sprinting home in third place, recording 2:02.07. Germany's Ivonne TEICHMANN was fourth in 2:02.16. USA's Hazel CLARK was a non-finsher in this heat, limping out of the race just after the bell.
  Semifinals 10 August
  Heat 1
1 Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 2.01.24 Q
2 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 2.01.90 Q
3 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.02.07 Q
4 Ivonne Teichmann GER 11 Apr 77 2.02.16 Q
5 Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 2.02.65
6 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS 20 May 78 2.02.85
7 Tamsyn Manou AUS 20 Jul 78 2.03.16
Hazel Clark USA 3 Oct 77 DNF
  Heat 2
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.59.47 Q
2 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 1.59.58 Q
3 Mayte Martínez ESP 17 May 76 2.00.07 Q
4 Faith Macharia KEN 9 Feb 76 2.00.24 Q
5 Zulia Calatayud CUB 9 Nov 79 2.01.04
6 Luciana Mendes BRA 26 Jul 71 2.01.94
7 Anita Brägger SUI 6 Oct 72 2.02.22
8 Svetlana Badrankova KAZ 25 Mar 77 2.02.24
Women's 800m - Round 1
All three Olympic medallists qualified comfortably for the semi-finals of the women's 800m tomorrow, including the two favourites for the gold medal here, Mozambique's Olympic champion Maria MUTOLA and Austria's Stephanie GRAF, who lost out to MUTOLA in Sydney last year.
MUTOLA won heat one in 1:59.96. Having run at the back of the field for the first 550 metres, MUTOLA slowly moved around the outside of the field to join Britain's Olympic bronze medallist Kelly HOLMES. These two came into the straight running stride for stride, and looking comfortable while the rest fought for the one other automatic qualifying place.
Canadian champion Diane CUMMINS delighted the crowd by winning that battle, just, from Slovenia's Jolanda CEPLAK. The two recorded the same time, 2:00.46, and CEPLAK claimed one of the fastest losers' places in the next round, as did USA's Hazel CLARK, who ran a season's best of 2:00.56 in fifth. In fact, all four fastest losers' places came from this heat, Anita BRAGGER of Switzerland and Tamsyn LEWIS of Australia, in a season's best 2:00.86, getting the other two. HOLMES clocked 2:00.08 in second.
GRAF looked equally at ease in her race. Unlike MUTOLA, she was well placed from the start, tucked in behind the leaders until the final bend. At that point she turned up the tempo and strode past Bulgaria's Tsvetelina KIRILOVA as they came into the straight for a comfortable run home, clocking 2:01.78. Spain's Mayte MARTINEZ finished fast for second, in 2:01.98, with KIRILOVA third in 2:02.19.
Surinam's Letitia VRIESDE, the world championships silver medallist in 1995, also looked to be in very good shape. She won heat three, running from the front for the last 600 metres. She opened up a five metre gap by the bell, passed in 56.65, and increased it over the second lap to win in 1:59.93, the fastest of the round. Cuba's Zulia CALATAYUD and Russia's Svetlana CHERKASOVA took the other automatic qualifying spots behind her.
One surprising non-qualifier was Russia's Natalya TSYGANOVA who could only finish fifth in heat two, the slowest of four. Having followed the leader, Lwiza JOHN of Tanzania, for 700 metres, TSYGANOVA, the world number four this year was outsprinted by Kenya's Faith MACHARIA, Germany's Ivonne TEICHMANN, and Brazil's Luciana de Paula MENDES. JOHN, in fourth, also failed to qualify.
  Heats 9 August
  Heat 1
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.59.96 Q
2 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 2.00.08 Q
3 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.00.46 Q
4 Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 2.00.46 q
5 Hazel Clark USA 3 Oct 77 2.00.56 q
6 Anita Brägger SUI 6 Oct 72 2.00.65 q
7 Tamsyn Manou AUS 20 Jul 78 2.00.86 q
8 Hind Roko Musa SUD 9 Sep 86 2.27.96
Kazadi Songa COD 19 Apr 79 DNS
  Heat 2
1 Faith Macharia KEN 9 Feb 76 2.03.83 Q
2 Ivonne Teichmann GER 11 Apr 77 2.04.03 Q
3 Luciana Mendes BRA 26 Jul 71 2.04.16 Q
4 Lwiza John TAN 18 May 80 2.04.31
5 Natalya Tsyganova RUS 7 Feb 71 2.04.55
6 Natallia Dukhnova BLR 16 Jul 66 2.05.47
7 Tatyana Borisova KGZ 3 Jun 76 2.05.63
8 Adama Njie GAM 7 Feb 78 2.07.80
  Heat 3
1 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 1.59.51 Q
2 Zulia Calatayud CUB 9 Nov 79 2.00.96 Q
3 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS 20 May 78 2.00.97 Q
4 Brigita Langerholc SLO 23 Jul 76 2.01.05
5 Peggy Babin FRA 24 Dec 76 2.02.48
6 Agnes Samaria NAM 11 Aug 72 2.03.11
7 Charmaine Howell JAM 13 Mar 75 2.05.06
8 Mariela Álvarez PER 23 Nov 77 2.09.43
9 Janill Williams ANT 21 Sep 85 2.15.04
  Heat 4
1 Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 2.01.78 Q
2 Mayte Martínez ESP 17 May 76 2.01.98 Q
3 Svetlana Badrankova KAZ 25 Mar 77 2.02.19 Q
4 Irina Mistyukevich RUS 17 Jun 77 2.02.50
5 Grace Birungi UGA 10 Oct 73 2.04.26
6 Tina Paulino MOZ 7 Jul 73 2.06.36
Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 DNS
Tsvetelina Kirilova BUL 14 Jul 77 DQ

Heat 1 09 AUG 2001 19:55

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 26 Tamsyn Manou AUS AUS 1:59.21 2:00.95
2 753 Anita Brägger SUI SUI 1:59.66 1:59.66
3 735 Jolanda Batagelj SLO SLO 1:58.71 1:58.71
4 303 Kelly Holmes GBR GBR 1:56.21 1:58.85
5 562 Maria de Lurdes Mutola MOZ MOZ 1:55.19 1:57.11
6 110 Diane Cummins CAN CAN 1:59.65 1:59.65
7 751 Hind Musa SUD SUD 2:15.70 2:15.90
7 157 Kazadi Songa COD COD 2:25.45  
8 811 Hazel Clark USA USA 1:58.75 1:59.95

Heat 2 09 AUG 2001 20:03

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 771 Lwiza Msyani John TAN TAN 1:59.58 2:00.29
2 351 Ivonne Teichmann GER GER 1:59.20 1:59.39
3 504 Tatiana Borisova KGZ KGZ 2:03.21 2:03.21
4 65 Natalya Dukhnova BLR BLR 1:57.24 1:59.95
5 500 Faith Macharia KEN KEN 1:58.34 1:58.34
6 712 Natalya Tsyganova RUS RUS 1:56.60 1:57.97
7 82 Luciana Mendes BRA BRA 1:58.27 1:59.29
8 286 Adama Njie GAM GAM 2:05.41 2:05.41

Heat 3 09 AUG 2001 20:11

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 447 Charmaine Howell JAM JAM 1:59.61 1:59.61
2 737 Brigita Langerholc SLO SLO 1:58.51 1:59.86
3 756 Letitia Vriesde SUR SUR 1:56.68 1:59.26
4 256 Peggy Babin FRA FRA 2:01.66 2:01.66
5 668 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS RUS 1:57.59 1:57.59
6 174 Zulia Calatayud CUB CUB 1:58.60 1:58.60
7 597 Mariela Álvarez PER PER 2:09.55 2:09.55
7 12 Janill Williams ANT ANT 2:06.80 2:06.80
8 566 Agnes Samaria NAM NAM 2:00.81 2:00.81

Heat 4 09 AUG 2001 20:19

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 788 Grace Birungi UGA UGA 2:00.97 2:01.54
2 216 Mayte Martínez ESP ESP 1:59.60 1:59.76
3 485 Svetlana Badrankova KAZ KAZ 2:00.91 2:00.91
4 563 Tina Paulino MOZ MOZ 1:56.62 1:59.15
5 786 Süreyya Ayhan TUR TUR 2:00.64  
6 35 Stephanie Graf AUT AUT 1:56.64 1:57.53i
7 689 Irina Mistyukevich RUS RUS 1:57.49 1:58.02
8 85 Tsvetelina Kirilova BUL BUL 1:59.63 1:59.63

 

 

 

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