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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 24, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 26, 1988
(Competitors: 29; Countries: 20; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
Wodars and Wachtel were the semi-final winners, in 1:57.21 and 1:58.44 respectively, and were the pre-race favourites. Wachtel went to the front in the final, with Wodars alongside her. They passed 200m in 27.01 with Yevseyeva, Čolović and Gallagher in close attendance, and Wodars took over after 300m. The World Champion (56.44 at 400m) led through to 600m where Wachtel passed her and led into the straight, with Yevseyeva dropping back and Gallagher passing Čolović to move into third. Wodars drew away from Wachtel, and Gallagher briefly looked as though she might pass Wachtel, but eventually finished 2m behind the German, improving her semi-final pb of 1:57.39 to get within 0.01 of the US record. In 1987-88 Wachtel beat Wodars 10-3, but Wodars won both the world and Olympic titles.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The East German "twins" Sigrun Wodars and Christine Wachtel were ranked #1 and #2 in the world in 1987, and their career developed almost in parallel. They had been 1-2 at the 1987 World Championships, Wodars winning. But the top runner in 1988 was Cuban Ana Fidelia Quirot, who could not compete in Seoul because Cuba was one of the few boycotting nations that year. Wodars and Wachtel won their semi-finals and were favored in the final. They took the lead together, with Wodars slightly ahead thru 600 metres. Wachtel then took over, but Wodars passed her in the stretch for the gold medal. America's Kim Gallagher, silver medalist in 1984, came on strongly for the bronze after looking like she might catch Wachtel.
 

Records

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

World Record 1:53.28 Czechoslovakia Jarmila Kratochvílová Munich (FGR) July 26, 1983
Olympic Record 1:53.43 Soviet Union Nadezhda Olizarenko Moscow (URS) July 27, 1980
 
Results
800 m Women Final 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.56.10 Sigrun Wodars East Germany GDR 7 Nov 65
2 1.56.64 Christine Wachtel East Germany GDR 6 Jan 65
3 1.56.91 Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64
4 1.57.50 Slobodanka Colovic Yugoslavia YUG 10 Jan 65
5 1.57.80 Delisa Floyd United States USA 28 Jul 61
6 1.59.37 Inna Yevseyeva Soviet Union URS 14 Aug 64
7 1.59.82 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
8 2.00.77 Diane Modahl Great Britain GBR 17 Jun 66
800 m Women Semifinal 1 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.57.21 Sigrun Wodars East Germany GDR 7 Nov 65
2 1.57.39 Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64
3 1.58.49 Slobodanka Colovic Yugoslavia YUG 10 Jan 65
4 1.58.85 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
5 2.00.86 Kirsty McDermott Great Britain GBR 6 Aug 62
6 2.01.86 Soraya Telles Brazil BRA 6 Sep 58
7 2.03.32 Joetta Clark-Diggs United States USA 1 Aug 62
8 2.05.27 Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union URS 28 Nov 53
800 m Women Semifinal 2 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.58.44 Christine Wachtel East Germany GDR 6 Jan 65
2 1.58.82 Delisa Floyd United States USA 28 Jul 61
3 1.59.10 Inna Yevseyeva Soviet Union URS 14 Aug 64
4 1.59.66 Diane Modahl Great Britain GBR 17 Jun 66
5 1.59.85 Gabi Lesch West Germany FRG 17 Aug 64
6 1.59.94 Shireen Bailey Great Britain GBR 27 Sep 59
7 2.00.15 Dalia Matuseviciene Soviet Union URS 12 Nov 62
8 2.02.34 Letitia Vriesde Suriname SUR 5 Oct 64
800 m Women Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.59 Inna Yevseyeva Soviet Union URS 14 Aug 64
2 2.01.80 Slobodanka Colovic Yugoslavia YUG 10 Jan 65
3 2.02.36 Shireen Bailey Great Britain GBR 27 Sep 59
4 2.03.49 Sharon Powell Jamaica JAM 16 Jul 65
5 2.03.73 Montserrat Pujol Spain ESP 27 Apr 61
6 2.06.65 Choi Se-Beom South Korea KOR 4 Mar 72
7 2.07.10 Assumpta Achuo Cameroon CMR 27 Apr 68
8 2.11.00 Kungu Bakombo DR Congo COD 7 Aug 62
800 m Women Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.00.62 Christine Wachtel East Germany GDR 6 Jan 65
2 2.00.83 Joetta Clark-Diggs United States USA 1 Aug 62
3 2.00.95 Gabi Lesch West Germany FRG 17 Aug 64
4 2.00.98 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
5 2.02.85 Mary Burzminski Canada CAN 12 Nov 60
6 2.03.26 Shiny Wilson India IND 8 May 65
7 2.04.36 Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72
8 2.08.93 Sheila Seebaluck Mauritius MRI 13 Dec 64
800 m Women Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.02.24 Sigrun Wodars East Germany GDR 7 Nov 65
2 2.02.37 Delisa Floyd United States USA 28 Jul 61
3 2.02.48 Soraya Telles Brazil BRA 6 Sep 58
4 2.02.57 Dalia Matuseviciene Soviet Union URS 12 Nov 62
5 2.02.75 Kirsty McDermott Great Britain GBR 6 Aug 62
6 2.08.17 Maureen Stewart Costa Rica CRC 30 Mar 65
7 2.12.18 Laverne Bryan Antigua and Barbuda ANT 17 May 65
800 m Women Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.70 Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64
2 2.01.79 Diane Modahl Great Britain GBR 17 Jun 66
3 2.01.81 Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union URS 28 Nov 53
4 2.01.83 Letitia Vriesde Suriname SUR 5 Oct 64
5 2.03.33 Hassiba Boulmerka Algeria ALG 10 Jul 68
6 2.04.74 Renée Belanger Canada CAN 12 Sep 62
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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