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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Women's 800m

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 9 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 24)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 24)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Maria Mutola was in the middle of one her greatest seasons: World Indoor Champion, unbeaten, and much the world’s fastest time of 1:55.55. Two of her toughest rivals were last-minute withdrawals. European Champion Jolanda eplak injured her Achilles tendon, and Edmonton silver medallist Steffi Graf reportedly cut her foot on a broken bottle on the eve of the final. One old rival who was present was Holmes, who had been training with Mutola since the end of 2002. The defending champion went to the front in the first lap, reaching 400m in 61.20, the slowest ever in a world final. The real race started at 600m (1:32.32) when Holmes moved ahead. Mutola followed and went past in the last 50m, while Holmes held off Khrushchelova to go one better than her bronze of eight years earlier.
 These are the official results of the Women's 800 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 41 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday 26 August 2003 at 20:50h.
 
  800m 26 August
  Final

Event Report Women 800 m Final

An overwhelming favourite for the women's 800m title, Maria MUTOLA (MOZ), had things go to plan tonight in the final.
 
With the late withdrawal of Stephanie GRAF (AUT) due to a domestic accident, there seemed to be little chance of Mutola being beaten. Having spent a decade at the top of the two-lap running tree she has conquered all comers this season with the enthusiasm of a youngster.
 
Away quickly with the gun she did enough to get to the front as the runners settled in on the back straight. She was closely followed by a bunched field with Diane CUMMINS (CAN) and Natalya KHRUSHCHELYOVA (RUS) prominent.
 
The 200m mark was passed in a solid 28.16. Over the next half lap Mutola allowed the pace to slow, stacking the field further.
 
The bell was reached in a pedestrian 61.20. Around the the third bend Mutola's training partner, Kelly HOLMES (GBR), forced her way towards the front.
 
At 600m the time was 1:32.32. At this point Holmes burst to the front in what seemed to be an orchestrated plan. She held the lead until 50m to go, with Mutola powering her way to the line in 1:59.89.
 
Holmes hung on for second in 2:00.18, with Khrushchelyova closing rapidly for third (2:00.29). Moroccan, Amina AIT HAMMOU was the next best of the rest with 2:01.09.
 
For Mutola, this is her third outdoor World crown, having won also in 1993 and 2001. At present she is at the peak of her powers and can seemingly win off any pace.
 
For Holmes it is her first World Championships medal since a bronze (800m) and silver (1500m) way back in Gothenburg in 1995. For Khrushchelyova it's her first major medal.
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.59.89
2 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 2.00.18
3 Natalya Khrushchelyova RUS 20 Mar 73 2.00.29
4 Amina Aït Hammou MAR 18 Jul 78 2.01.09
5 Claudia Gesell GER 18 Dec 77 2.01.84
6 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.02.48
7 Akosua Serwaa GHA 3 Jan 81 2.03.24
Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 DNS
  Semifinals 24 August

Women 800 m Semi Finals

There were no hiccups and precious little challenge to Mozambique's Maria Mutola in the semi-finals of the women's 800m, which saw five women under two minutes.

The World and Olympic champion eased her way through to Tuesday's final with the fastest time of the round (1:58.45) closely followed by her training partner, Britain's Kelly Holmes, who took the second automatic qualifying spot in 1:58.86.
 
Mutola shadowed early race-leader Natalya Yevdokimova of Russia, until 600m, when Holmes burst to the front pulling Mutola clear into the home straight. Mutola eased ahead in the final 30 metres and Holmes was rewarded with a season's best. Diane Cummins of Canada won the race for a fastest losers spot, running 1:58.58, followed by Akosua Serwaa, who set a Ghanaian national record of 2:00.42 to qualify for the final as a fastest loser.
 
Mutola and Holmes were the only two inside 1:59, but perennial silver medallist Stephanie Graf (AUT) also broke two minutes, to win her semi in 1:59.26. Australia's Tamsyn Lewis led the race for 500m until Graf took over. The Russian Natalya Khruschelyova followed and these two pulled away from the field around the final bend. Graf led the Russian home and Britain's Jo Fenn fought her way through on the inside for third, crossing the line in a season?s best time of 2:00.56, with Surinam,s Laetitia Vriesde fourth in her best of the year, 2:00.88, neither quick enough for the final, however.
 
The final semi saw the Moroccan sisters, Amina and Seltana Ait Hammou, pitched together. They were close coming into the final straight, chasing Mozambique's Tina Paulino. Amina, the elder and quicker of the two, pulled away, with her sister giving chase. Paulino was fading, and it looked like both Moroccans would make it through.
 
As Amino headed for the line she turned her head, hoping to see her younger sister behind her, but Germany's Claudia GESELL had squeezed past Paulino on the inside to take second. Ait Hamou the elder's winning time was 2:00.57, with Gesell getting the last spot in the final, with 2:01.01.

  Heat 1
1 Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 1.59.26 Q
2 Natalya Khrushchelyova RUS 20 Mar 73 1.59.39 Q
3 Jo Mersh GBR 19 Oct 74 2.00.56
4 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 2.00.88
5 Faith Macharia KEN 9 Feb 76 2.01.30
6 Brigita Langerholc SLO 23 Jul 76 2.01.58
7 Jen Toomey USA 19 Dec 71 2.02.35
8 Tamsyn Manou AUS 20 Jul 78 2.05.11
  Heat 2
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.58.45 Q
2 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 1.58.86 Q
3 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 1.59.58 q
4 Akosua Serwaa GHA 3 Jan 81 2.00.42 q
5 Maria Cioncan ROU 19 Jun 77 2.00.72
6 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK 20 Nov 83 2.00.73
7 Natalya Yevdokimova RUS 17 Mar 78 2.01.17
8 Heidi Jensen DEN 14 Aug 66 2.01.73
  Heat 3
1 Amina Aït Hammou MAR 18 Jul 78 2.00.57 Q
2 Claudia Gesell GER 18 Dec 77 2.01.01 Q
3 Sultana Aït Hammou MAR 10 May 80 2.01.34
4 Svetlana Klyuka RUS 27 Dec 78 2.01.61
5 Tina Paulino MOZ 7 Jul 73 2.01.85
6 Judit Varga HUN 16 Apr 76 2.02.20
7 Anita Brägger SUI 6 Oct 72 2.02.34
8 Agnes Samaria NAM 11 Aug 72 2.02.66
  Heats 23 August

Women 800 metre Heats

World and Olympic Champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique cruised through the first round of the women's 800m, clocking 2:00.81, the fastest of the round. She moved smoothly to the front of heat two with 300 m to go, but then stumbled as her heels were clipped from behind.

Mutola shot an accusing glance behind her but recovered quickly to lead a tight pack of eight through the final 200 metres, Claudia Gessell (GER) and Lucia Klocova following her across the line for the other two automatic qualifying positions. Six women finished inside 2:02.00 in that heat, 16 in the round as a whole.

Austria's Stephanie Graf, Olympic and World silver medallist behind Mutola, also qualified easily. Graf turned on the power in the home straight, to come home in 2:03.99. Other fast qualifiers were Russia's Natalya Yevdokimova (2:01.05 in heat one) and Mutola's fellow Mozambican, her cousin Tina Paulino, who won heat five in a season's best 2:01.06.

The only significant name to miss out was USA's veteran 36 year-old Jearl Miles-Clark, who was run out of the qualifying positions in heat three, won by Russia's Natalya Khruschelyova in 2:03.74, with Britain's Kelly Holmes also safely through in 2:03.75.

Note too the Moroccan sisters Amina and Seltana Ait Hammo, both of whom qualified automatically.

  Heat 1
1 Natalya Yevdokimova RUS 17 Mar 78 2.01.05 Q
2 Amina Aït Hammou MAR 18 Jul 78 2.01.10 Q
3 Judit Varga HUN 16 Apr 76 2.01.47 Q
4 Jen Toomey USA 19 Dec 71 2.01.75 q
5 Heidi Jensen DEN 14 Aug 66 2.02.01 q
6 Esther Desviat ESP 27 Jan 82 2.03.42
7 Charlotte Moore GBR 4 Jan 85 2.03.80
8 Marie-Lyne Joseph DMA 3 Sep 82 2.17.73
  Heat 2
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 2.00.81 Q
2 Claudia Gesell GER 18 Dec 77 2.01.06 Q
3 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK 20 Nov 83 2.01.14 Q
4 Jo Mersh GBR 19 Oct 74 2.01.27 q
5 Faith Macharia KEN 9 Feb 76 2.01.36 q
6 Agnes Samaria NAM 11 Aug 72 2.01.51 q
7 Brigita Langerholc SLO 23 Jul 76 2.01.55 q
8 Bibiche Mankatou COD 25 Dec 80 2.07.12
9 Uyanga Khaynkhirvaa MGL 2.27.96
  Heat 3
1 Natalya Khrushchelyova RUS 20 Mar 73 2.03.74 Q
2 Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 2.03.75 Q
3 Maria Cioncan ROU 19 Jun 77 2.03.90 Q
4 Jearl Miles-Clark USA 4 Sep 66 2.04.21
5 Abir Nakhli TUN 21 Sep 81 2.04.43
6 Adriana Muñoz CUB 16 Mar 82 2.04.58
7 Sandra Stals BEL 5 Jun 75 2.06.12
8 Adama Njie GAM 7 Feb 78 2.17.04
  Heat 4
1 Stephanie Graf AUT 26 Apr 73 2.03.39 Q
2 Svetlana Klyuka RUS 27 Dec 78 2.03.68 Q
3 Sultana Aït Hammou MAR 10 May 80 2.04.01 Q
4 Tanya Blake MLT 16 Jan 71 2.04.61
5 Yuliya Krevsun UKR 8 Dec 80 2.04.93
6 Tatyana Borisova KGZ 3 Jun 76 2.05.31
7 Myint Myint Aye MYA 8 Sep 88 2.05.41
8 Tatyana Khadjimuratova KAZ 28 Sep 80 2.07.98
  Heat 5
1 Tina Paulino MOZ 7 Jul 73 2.01.06 Q
2 Anita Brägger SUI 6 Oct 72 2.01.09 Q
3 Akosua Serwaa GHA 3 Jan 81 2.01.17 Q
4 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.01.20 q
5 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 2.01.24 q
6 Tamsyn Manou AUS 20 Jul 78 2.01.43 q
7 Wesam Abubkheet PLE 1 Nov 86 2.29.86
Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 DNS

Heat 1 23 AUG 2003 17:25

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 526 Judit Varga HUN HUN 1:59.46 1:59.46
2 956 Natalya Evdokimova RUS RUS 1:58.75 1:58.75
3 1161 Jennifer Toomey USA USA 1:59.75 1:59.75
4 292 Esther Desviat ESP ESP 2:00.76 2:00.76
5 263 Heidi Jensen DEN DEN 2:01.11 2:02.36
6 269 Marie-Lyne Joseph DMA DMA 2:24.3 2:24.3
7 404 Charlotte Moore GBR GBR 1:59.75 2:01.21
8 702 Mina Aït Hammou MAR MAR 1:57.82 1:57.82

Heat 2 23 AUG 2003 17:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 654 Faith Macharia KEN KEN 1:58.34 1:59.23
2 438 Claudia Gesell GER GER 1:58.34 1:58.93
3 1025 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK SVK 2:00.60 2:00.60
4 758 Agnes Samaria NAM NAM 1:59.15 2:00.55i
5 999 Brigita Langerholc SLO SLO 1:58.51 2:00.47
6 736 Uyanga Khaynkhirvaa MGL MGL 2:15.1  
7 748 Maria de Lurdes Mutola MOZ MOZ 1:55.19 1:55.55
8 390 Joanne Fenn GBR GBR 1:59.74i 1:59.74i
8 205 Noelly Bibiche Mankatu COD COD    

Heat 3 23 AUG 2003 17:37

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1074 Abir Nakhli TUN TUN 2:00.70 2:04.29
2 243 Adriana Muñoz CUB CUB 2:01.07 2:01.07
3 874 Maria Cioncan ROU ROU 1:59.68 1:59.68
4 917 Natalya Khrushcheleva RUS RUS 1:58.05 1:58.05
5 397 Kelly Holmes GBR GBR 1:56.21 1:59.21i
6 89 Sandra Stals BEL BEL 1:58.31 2:01.07
7 386 Adama Njie GAM GAM 2:05.14 2:05.14
8 1147 Jearl Miles Clark USA USA 1:56.40 1:58.61

Heat 4 23 AUG 2003 17:43

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 920 Svetlana Klyuka RUS RUS 1:58.47 1:58.47
2 745 Tanya Blake MLT MLT 1:59.56 1:59.56
3 1092 Yuliya Krevsun UKR UKR 2:00.49 2:01.08
4 51 Stephanie Graf AUT AUT 1:55.85i 1:57.99
5 644 Tatyana Roslanova KAZ KAZ 2:00.98 2:00.98
6 664 Tatiana Borisova KGZ KGZ 2:03.21 2:03.75
7 755 Myint Myint Aye MYA MYA 2:06.07 2:07.70
8 703 Seltana Aït Hammou MAR MAR 1:59.74 1:59.74

Heat 5 23 AUG 2003 17:49

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 42 Tamsyn Manou AUS AUS 1:59.21 1:59.35
2 1017 Anita Brägger SUI SUI 1:59.66 2:00.59
3 826 Wesam Abubkheet PLE PLE 2:29.0 2:29.0
4 1021 Letitia Vriesde SUR SUR 1:56.68 2:01.81i
5 464 Akosua Serwaa GHA GHA 2:00.74 2:00.74
6 148 Diane Cummins CAN CAN 1:58.39 1:58.89
7 749 Tina Paulino MOZ MOZ 1:56.62 2:01.22
8 997 Jolanda Batagelj SLO SLO 1:55.19 1:57.44
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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