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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Women's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: Top three in each heat and three two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 22, 2000 Format: Top two in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 25, 2000  
(Competitors: 38; Countries: 30; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
Maria Mutola had won five world titles at 800m indoors and out, but in three previous Olympic appearances had managed one bronze medal. Though favourite she was regarded as fallible, having occupied the same position in 1996. Strong Stephanie Graf was fastest in the preliminary rounds with 1:58.39 and 1:57.56, while Mutola won her races in 1:59.88 and 1:58.86. Lyudmila Formanová, the reigning World Champion indoors and out, failed to finish her heat. Fuchsová set the early pace in the final, passing 200m in 26.4 and halfway in 55.04, the fastest ever in a global championship final. Holmes went into the lead just after 600m reached in 1:25.5 by Fuchsová, with Mutola and Graf close behind. Mutola took the lead at the beginning of the home straight, and steadily drew clear to win by 4m from Graf, who edged by Holmes in the last 10m.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Maria Mutola had won three world indoor titles, but had struggled at major outdoor internationals, despite often being favored. She was competing in her fourth Olympics, but her only medal had been a bronze in 1996. The 1999 World Champion had been Czech athlete Ludmila Formanová but she withdrew in round one with an injured ankle. The final pace was set by Czech Helena Fuchsová who led thru 400 metres in a rapid 55.04. Britain's Kelly Holmes went into the lead at 600 metres, trailed by Mutola and Austria's Steffi Graf. Mutola moved into the lead off the final turn and pulled away to win by four metres, with Graf getting silver and Holmes the bronze. Mutola had ended her big-meet jinx and would win the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. This was the first ever gold medal won for Mozambique.
 

Records

World Record 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czechoslovakia Munich, West Germany 26 July 1983
Olympic Record 1:53.48 Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 27 February 1980
 
        Results        

The Women's 800 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia on Friday 22 September, Saturday 23 September, and Monday 25 September 2000.

The top two runners in each of the initial five heats automatically qualified for the semi-final. The next six fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the semi-final.

The top three runners in each semi-final automatically qualified for the final. The next two fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the final.

There were a total number of 39 participating athletes.

In the final, Helena Fuchsova took her lane 1 position out to the lead, with Brigita Langerholc sweeping across the track from lane 8 to shut the door on Hazel Clark and the rest of the pack. Fuchsova held the lead through a 55.04 first lap and on to 600 metres in 1:25.5. Behind her the pack scrambled for position with Kelly Holmes on Fuchsova's shoulder. Holmes, then Maria Mutola, then Stephanie Graf all passed on the final turn. On the final straightaway, Mutola rans strong on the outside, advancing past Holmes, with Graf sprinting past for silver. Four years later, it would be reversed, with Holmes running past Mutoloa on the final straight.

800 m Women     Final 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.56.15     Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72  
2 1.56.64     Stephanie Graf Austria AUT 26 Apr 73 NR
3 1.56.80     Kelly Holmes Great Britain GBR 19 Apr 70  
4 1.58.51     Brigita Langerholc Slovenia SLO 23 Jul 76  
5 1.58.56     Helena Fuchsová Czech Republic CZE 3 Jun 65  
6 1.58.66     Zulia Calatayud Cuba CUB 9 Nov 79  
7 1.58.75     Hazel Clark United States USA 3 Oct 77  
8 1.59.27     Hasna Benhassi Morocco MAR 1 Jun 78  
800 m Women     Semifinal 1 23 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.58.86   Q Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72  
2 1.59.19   Q Hasna Benhassi Morocco MAR 1 Jun 78  
3 1.59.30   Q Zulia Calatayud Cuba CUB 9 Nov 79  
4 1.59.33     Tamsyn Manou Australia AUS 20 Jul 78  
5 1.59.44     Jearl Miles-Clark United States USA 4 Sep 66  
6 1.59.69     Claudia Gesell Germany GER 18 Dec 77  
7 2.00.63     Charmaine Howell Jamaica JAM 13 Mar 75  
8 2.03.27     Mayte Martínez Spain ESP 17 May 76  
800 m Women     Semifinal 2 23 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.57.56   Q Stephanie Graf Austria AUT 26 Apr 73  
2 1.58.45   Q Kelly Holmes Great Britain GBR 19 Apr 70  
3 1.58.82   Q Helena Fuchsová Czech Republic CZE 3 Jun 65  
4 1.59.05   Q Brigita Langerholc Slovenia SLO 23 Jul 76  
5 1.59.12   Q Hazel Clark United States USA 3 Oct 77  
6 1.59.84     Toni Hodgkinson New Zealand NZL 12 Dec 71  
7 2.02.95     Irina Mistyukevich Russia RUS 17 Jun 77  
8 2.04.12     Joetta Clark-Diggs United States USA 1 Aug 62  
800 m Women     Heat 1 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.59.88   Q Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72  
2 2.00.23   Q Tamsyn Manou Australia AUS 20 Jul 78  
3 2.00.50   Q Hasna Benhassi Morocco MAR 1 Jun 78  
4 2.03.20     Natallia Dukhnova Belarus BLR 16 Jul 66  
5 2.03.32     Grace Birungi Uganda UGA 10 Oct 73  
6 2.03.48     Olena Buzhenko Ukraine UKR 16 Nov 72  
7 2.03.78     Florencia Hunt Netherlands Antilles AHO 14 May 78  
8 2.13.67     Direma Banasso Togo TOG 29 Nov 85 NJR
800 m Women     Heat 2 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.79   Q Jearl Miles-Clark United States USA 4 Sep 66  
2 2.01.89   Q Brigita Langerholc Slovenia SLO 23 Jul 76  
3 2.01.95     Olga Raspopova Russia RUS 27 Dec 78  
4 2.02.09     Letitia Vriesde Suriname SUR 5 Oct 64  
5 2.03.25     Amina Aït Hammou Morocco MAR 18 Jul 78  
6 2.04.08     Leontine Tsiba Congo CGO 20 Nov 73 NR
7 2.07.56     Elena Antoci Romania ROU 16 Jan 75  
8 2.31.71     Roda Ali Wais Djibouti DJI 14 Aug 84  
800 m Women     Heat 3 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.59.60   Q Mayte Martínez Spain ESP 17 May 76  
2 1.59.73   Q Irina Mistyukevich Russia RUS 17 Jun 77  
3 2.00.18   Q Zulia Calatayud Cuba CUB 9 Nov 79  
4 2.00.19   Q Joetta Clark-Diggs United States USA 1 Aug 62  
5 2.01.14   Q Charmaine Howell Jamaica JAM 13 Mar 75  
6 2.14.15     Christine Mukamutesi Rwanda RWA 24 Dec 83  
7 2.17.05     Anhel Cape Guinea-Bissau GBS 14 May 78 NR
  DNF     Ludmila Formanová Czech Republic CZE 2 Jan 74  
800 m Women     Heat 4 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.76   Q Kelly Holmes Great Britain GBR 19 Apr 70  
2 2.01.99   Q Hazel Clark United States USA 3 Oct 77  
3 2.02.26     Natalya Tsyganova Russia RUS 7 Feb 71  
4 2.02.33     Sandra Stals Belgium BEL 5 Jun 75  
5 2.03.31     Susan Andrews Australia AUS 26 Jan 71  
6 2.06.05     Irina Latve Latvia LAT 26 Aug 81  
7 2.15.02     Delfina Joaquim Angola ANG 6 Jan 80  
800 m Women     Heat 5 22 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.58.39   Q Stephanie Graf Austria AUT 26 Apr 73  
2 1.58.56   Q Claudia Gesell Germany GER 18 Dec 77  
3 1.58.97   Q Helena Fuchsová Czech Republic CZE 3 Jun 65  
4 1.59.37   Q Toni Hodgkinson New Zealand NZL 12 Dec 71  
5 2.02.41     Diane Modahl Great Britain GBR 17 Jun 66  
6 2.07.90     Adama Njie Gambia GAM 7 Feb 78  
7 2.14.86     Anna Nasilyan Armenia ARM 6 Sep 80  
  DNS     Tina Paulino Mozambique MOZ 7 Jul 73  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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