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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 23, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 26, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next five fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 70; Countries: 53; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
Saïd Aouita had the greatest range of any distance runner in history. The best m runner in 1986, Aouita was to top the world rankings in the 800m in 1988, and was the favourite for Seoul. Ereng, an outsider, was the fastest heat winner (1:46.10), and Aouita was the speediest quarterfinalist (1:45.24). Ereng showed he was a medal contender in winning the first semi-final in 1:44.55 ahead of Cruz (1:44.75), while Kiprotich led from the gun in the other semi and held off Aouita 1:44.71 to 1:44.79. In the final Kiprotich led for the first 300m in a suicidal 36.33, and then Barbosa took over, in an effort to try and take the sting out of Aouita’s finish. Barbosa led until 600m (1:16.3) when Elliott led briefly, only to be overtaken by Cruz, with Aouita in third. Ereng, seventh at the bell was now moving up, and by the beginning of the straight had weaved his way to fourth. He quickly passed the tiring Elliott and Aouita, and caught Cruz with 50m to go, elegantly flowing away from the defending champion to win by almost 4m. Ereng had been a 400m runner, running 45.6 in 1987, before moving up to win the NCAA title, and place third in the Kenyan Olympic trials.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite was Morocco's Saïd Aouita, who had been world ranked #1 over 10,000 metres in 1986, demonstrating his unparalleled range as a middle-distance and distance runner. The defending champion was Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, who was back trying to win a second gold medal. Nixon Kiprotich (KEN) led the final for the first 300 metres in a suicidal 36.4, when Brazil's José Luíz Barbosa took over and injected some sanity into the pace, pasing the bell in 49.5. At 600 metres Briton's Peter Elliott took a brief lead before being passed by Cruz. Kenya's Paul Ereng was seventh entering the final curve, but moved up to fourth at the homestretch. But he was full of run still and caught Cruz 50 metres from the line, winning pulling away, with Aouita getting the bronze medal.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:41.73 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Florence (ITA) June 10, 1981
Olympic Record 1:43.00 Brazil Joaquim Cruz Los Angeles (USA) August 6, 1984
 
Results
800 m Men Final 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.43.45 Paul Ereng Kenya KEN 22 Aug 67
2 1.43.90 Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63
3 1.44.06 Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59
4 1.44.12 Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62
5 1.44.80 Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60
6 1.46.39 José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61
7 1.48.03 Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63
8 1.49.55 Nixon Kiprotich Kenya KEN 4 Dec 62
800 m Men Semifinal 1 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.44.55 Paul Ereng Kenya KEN 22 Aug 67
2 1.44.75 Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63
3 1.44.90 Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63
4 1.44.94 Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62
5 1.45.09 Babacar Niang Senegal SEN 9 Sep 58
6 1.45.11 Slobodan Popovic Yugoslavia YUG 28 Sep 62
7 1.47.30 Simon Hoogewerf Canada CAN 11 May 63
8 1.47.43 Peter Braun West Germany FRG 1 Aug 62
800 m Men Semifinal 2 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.44.71 Nixon Kiprotich Kenya KEN 4 Dec 62
2 1.44.79 Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59
3 1.44.99 José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61
4 1.45.04 Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60
5 1.45.12 Álvaro Silva Portugal POR 21 Apr 65
6 1.45.93 Cheikh Boye Senegal SEN 10 Aug 61
7 1.45.95 Réda Abdenouz Algeria ALG 25 Sep 68
8 1.46.62 Ibrahim Okash Somalia SOM 18 Sep 64
800 m Men Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.10 Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63
2 1.46.38 Paul Ereng Kenya KEN 22 Aug 67
3 1.46.62 Cheikh Boye Senegal SEN 10 Aug 61
4 1.46.97 Réda Abdenouz Algeria ALG 25 Sep 68
5 1.47.07 Vladimir Graudyn Soviet Union URS 26 Aug 63
6 1.48.02 Paul Osland Canada CAN 1 Jan 64
7 1.50.85 Tonino Viali Italy ITA 16 Sep 60
DNF Ari Suhonen Finland FIN 19 Dec 65
800 m Men Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.96 Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60
2 1.45.99 Simon Hoogewerf Canada CAN 11 May 63
3 1.46.20 José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61
4 1.46.55 Ibrahim Okash Somalia SOM 18 Sep 64
5 1.46.91 Rob Druppers Netherlands NED 29 Apr 62
6 1.47.27 Juma N'diwa Kenya KEN 28 Nov 60
7 1.47.32 Faouzi Lahbi Morocco MAR 2 Mar 58
DQ Tom McKean Great Britain GBR 27 Oct 63
800 m Men Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.24 Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59
2 1.45.30 Slobodan Popovic Yugoslavia YUG 28 Sep 62
3 1.45.38 Babacar Niang Senegal SEN 9 Sep 58
4 1.45.68 Nixon Kiprotich Kenya KEN 4 Dec 62
5 1.46.45 Pablo Squella Chile CHI 14 Aug 63
6 1.46.47 Steve Cram Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 60
7 1.46.61 Robin van Helden Netherlands NED 6 Feb 65
8 1.48.01 Tomás De Teresa Spain ESP 5 Sep 68
800 m Men Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.58 Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63
2 1.46.61 Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62
3 1.46.65 Álvaro Silva Portugal POR 21 Apr 65
4 1.46.86 Peter Braun West Germany FRG 1 Aug 62
5 1.46.93 Ahmed Belkessam Algeria ALG 27 Mar 62
6 1.47.72 Ryszard Ostrowski Poland POL 6 Feb 61
7 1.48.12 Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58
8 1.49.62 Melford Homela Zimbabwe ZIM 3 Jun 70
800 m Men Heat 1 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.82 Faouzi Lahbi Morocco MAR 2 Mar 58
2 1.48.68 Nixon Kiprotich Kenya KEN 4 Dec 62
3 1.49.04 Ryszard Ostrowski Poland POL 6 Feb 61
4 1.49.14 Moussa Fall Senegal SEN 28 Aug 63
5 1.49.84 Spyros Spyrou Cyprus CYP 11 May 58
6 1.50.72 Porfirio Mendez Paraguay PAR 18 Apr 66
7 1.51.03 Mansoor Al-Bulushi Oman OMA 4 Apr 68
8 1.57.97 Yeski Moli Youssouf Chad CHA 65
800 m Men Heat 2 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.65 Babacar Niang Senegal SEN 9 Sep 58
2 1.47.77 Steve Cram Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 60
3 1.47.84 Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63
4 1.48.20 Ismael Mohamed Youssef Qatar QAT 10 Aug 67
5 1.48.61 Ryu Tae-Kyung South Korea KOR 27 Aug 66
6 1.51.71 Eversly Linley Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN 1 Nov 69 NJR
7 1.54.48 Lui Muavesi Fiji FIJ 25 Feb 66
DQ Hadi Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia KSA 6 Nov 64
800 m Men Heat 3 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.48.83 Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60
2 1.48.90 Ari Suhonen Finland FIN 19 Dec 65
3 1.48.97 Ibrahim Okash Somalia SOM 18 Sep 64
4 1.49.01 António Abrantes Portugal POR 15 May 68
5 1.49.03 Mauricio Hernández Mexico MEX 30 Nov 61
6 1.50.60 Kenneth Dzekedzeke Malawi MAW 1 Apr 69
7 1.52.95 Lin Kuang-Liang Chinese Taipei TPE 15 Sep 69
800 m Men Heat 4 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.48.90 Vladimir Graudyn Soviet Union URS 26 Aug 63
2 1.48.99 Pablo Squella Chile CHI 14 Aug 63
3 1.49.09 Álvaro Silva Portugal POR 21 Apr 65
4 1.49.86 Mark Everett United States USA 2 Sep 68
5 1.50.16 Michael Watson Bermuda BER 29 Mar 58
6 1.51.58 Syed Meesaq Rizvi Pakistan PAK 23 Jan 62
7 1.52.35 Manlio Molinari San Marino SMR 24 Aug 64
8 1.56.12 John Siguria Papua New Guinea PNG 28 Jul 65
800 m Men Heat 5 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.49.67 Saïd Aouita Morocco MAR 2 Nov 59
2 1.49.76 Simon Hoogewerf Canada CAN 11 May 63
3 1.49.89 Cheikh Boye Senegal SEN 10 Aug 61
4 1.50.38 Tracy Baskin United States USA 3 Nov 65
5 1.50.48 Ado Maude Nigeria NGR 15 Feb 67
6 1.52.08 Eulucane Ndagijimana Rwanda RWA 22 Mar 61
7 1.53.76 Maher Abbas Lebanon LIB 25 Sep 68
8 1.57.88 David Sawyer Sierra Leone SLE 6 May 61
800 m Men Heat 6 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.32 Peter Braun West Germany FRG 1 Aug 62
2 1.47.48 Rob Druppers Netherlands NED 29 Apr 62
3 1.47.74 Tonino Viali Italy ITA 16 Sep 60
4 1.48.08 Bobby Gaseitsiwe Botswana BOT 14 Nov 66
5 1.48.49 Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57
6 1.55.24 Fahmi Abdul Wahab Yemen YEM 15 Apr 65
7 1.55.57 Momodou Bello Gambia GAM 13 Nov 69
8 1.58.43 Mimely Twegbe Liberia LBR 9 Sep 63
800 m Men Heat 7 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.83 Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62
2 1.46.99 Robin van Helden Netherlands NED 6 Feb 65
3 1.47.11 Juma N'diwa Kenya KEN 28 Nov 60
4 1.47.32 Tomás De Teresa Spain ESP 5 Sep 68
5 1.47.96 Ahmed Belkessam Algeria ALG 27 Mar 62
6 1.52.17 Duan Xiuquan China CHN 67
DQ Kazanga Makok DR Congo COD 12 Dec 66
DQ Tommy Asinga Suriname SUR 20 Nov 68
800 m Men Heat 8 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.14 Paul Ereng Kenya KEN 22 Aug 67
2 1.46.32 José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61
3 1.46.49 Slobodan Popovic Yugoslavia YUG 28 Sep 62
4 1.46.76 Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58
5 1.47.16 Paul Osland Canada CAN 1 Jan 64
6 1.51.16 Hossain Milzer Bahamas BAN 11 Feb 67 NR
7 1.53.34 Josep Graells Andorra AND 1 Feb 64
800 m Men Heat 9 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.16 Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63
2 1.47.24 Tom McKean Great Britain GBR 27 Oct 63
3 1.47.36 Melford Homela Zimbabwe ZIM 3 Jun 70 NJR
4 1.47.67 Réda Abdenouz Algeria ALG 25 Sep 68
5 1.49.31 Dale Jones Antigua and Barbuda ANT 12 Mar 64
6 1.53.23 João N'Tyamba Angola ANG 20 Mar 68
7 1.55.95 Oslen Barr Guyana GUY 3 Apr 61
8 1.58.80 William Taramai Cook Islands COK 23 Apr 61
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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