Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

The men's 800 metres event at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia on Saturday 23 September, Monday 25 September, and Wednesday 27 September 2000.[1] Sixty-one athletes from 46 nations competed.[2] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Nils Schumann of Germany, the first men's 800 metres championship for a German runner and the first medal in the event for the nation since 1952. Denmark (Wilson Kipketer's silver) and Algeria (Djabir Saïd-Guerni's bronze) each won their first medal in the men's 800 metres.

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueStadium Australia
Date23 September 2000 (heats)
25 September 2000 (semi-finals)
27 September 2000 (final)
Competitors61 from 42 nations
Winning time1:45.08
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Nils Schumann
 Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Wilson Kipketer
 Denmark
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Djabir Saïd-Guerni
 Algeria
← 1996
2004 →

SummaryEdit

Germany's Nils Schumann upset Denmark's world record holder and world champion Wilson Kipketer. The race was one of the closest in Olympic 800 meter history as the first three were separated by a mere 0.08 second and the first five by 0.32 second. It was suggested Kipketer made a tactical error by not forcing the pace.

The final was slow, with André Bucher leading the first lap in 53.43. Down the back stretch Andrea Longo moved shoulder to shoulder with Bucher and at the 600 meter mark, just under 1:20 Longo dropped his shoulder forcing Bucher into the infield. Longo charged into the lead around the final turn with world record holder in next to last place chasing the notable young kicker Yuriy Borzakovskiy. Kipketer had to go out to lane 4 to try to get around the wall of runners ahead of him with Djabir Saïd-Guerni in lane 5 trying to get around Kipketer. Longo faded with 30 meters to go, with Nils Schumann in perfect position to pick up the pieces, holding off the late rush on the outside to take the gold. For the interference, Longo was disqualified.[3]

BackgroundEdit

This was the 24th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Only two finalists from 1996 returned, but they were the top two: gold medalist Vebjørn Rodal of Norway and silver medalist Hezekiél Sepeng of South Africa. Wilson Kipketer, who had been prevented from competing in the 1996 Games due to his change of nationality from Kenya to Denmark, was the favorite after having won the past three world championships and broken the world record twice. Challengers included Sepeng, 1998 European champion Nils Schumann of Germany, Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia, and André Bucher of Switzerland (a semifinalist in Atlanta).[2]

Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Macedonia, Moldova, and Uganda appeared in the event for the first time. Great Britain made its 23rd appearance, most among all nations, having had no competitors in the event only in the 1904 Games in St. Louis.

QualificationEdit

Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run 1:46.30 or faster during the qualification period. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run 1:47.20 or faster could be entered.[4]

Competition formatEdit

The men's 800 metres again used a three-round format, the most common format since 1912 though there had been variations. The "fastest loser" system introduced in 1964 was used for the first two rounds. There were eight first-round heats, each with 7 or 8 athletes; the top two runners in each heat as well as the next eight fastest overall advanced to the semifinals. There were three semifinals with 8 athletes each (except that one had an extra runner due to an advancement by obstruction rule in the first round); the top two runners in each semifinal and the next two fastest overall advanced to the eight-man final.[2][5]

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Olympic record   Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

No world or Olympic records were set during the competition. The following national records were established during the competition:

Nation Athlete Round Time
  Botswana Glody Dube Semifinal 1 1:44.70

ScheduleEdit

All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 September 2000 10:45 Round 1
Monday, 25 September 2000 22:55 Semifinals
Wednesday, 27 September 2000 20:20 Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The first round was held on Saturday, 23 September 2000.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 2 Andrea Longo   Italy 1:46.32 Q
2 3 Vebjørn Rodal   Norway 1:46.76 Q
3 8 James Mcilroy   Great Britain 1:47.44 q
4 1 Roman Oravec   Czech Republic 1:47.66
5 5 Vanco Stojanov   Macedonia 1:47.71
6 7 Rich Kenah   United States 1:47.85
7 8 Kim Soon-Hyung   South Korea 1:48.49
6 Mohamed Al-Kafraini   Jordan DSQ R163.3

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 6 Nils Schumann   Germany 1:47.76 Q
2 7 Djabir Saïd-Guerni   Algeria 1:47.95 Q
3 3 Arthémon Hatungimana   Burundi 1:48.14
4 2 Zach Whitmarsh   Canada 1:48.42
5 4 David Matthews   Ireland 1:48.77
6 8 Andrew Hart   Great Britain 1:48.78
7 5 Isireli Naikelekelevesi   Fiji 1:49.61

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 6 Hezekiél Sepeng   South Africa 1:47.46 Q
2 1 Adem Hecini   Algeria 1:47.62 Q
3 4 Joseph Mutua   Kenya 1:47.86
4 7 Dmitry Bogdanov   Russia 1:48.14
5 5 Roberto Parra   Spain 1:48.19
6 8 Bobby True   Liberia 1:48.79
7 3 Mohamed Habib Bel Hadj   Tunisia 1:49.14
8 2 Jorge Duvane   Mozambique 1:52.97

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 3 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:45.57 Q
2 2 Glody Dube   Botswana 1:46.17 Q, PB
3 7 Johan Botha   South Africa 1:46.91 q
4 1 Crispen Mutakanyi   Zimbabwe 1:47.66
5 8 Jose Manuel Cerezo   Spain 1:48.11
6 4 Artyom Mastrov   Russia 1:49.89
7 5 Ian Roberts   Guyana 1:52.32
8 6 Marvin Watts   Jamaica 1:59.97 qR

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 4 Pavel Pelepyagin   Belarus 1:46.47 Q
2 3 Jean-Patrick Nduwimana   Burundi 1:46.78 Q
3 5 El Mahjoub Haida   Morocco 1:47.14 q
4 8 William Yiampoy   Kenya 1:47.35 q
5 6 João Pires   Portugal 1:47.61
6 1 Abdou Ibrahim Youssef   Qatar 1:53.23
7 7 Naseer Ismail   Maldives 1:56.67
8 2 Faiq Bağırov   Azerbaijan 1:57.39

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 2 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 1:45.39 Q
2 7 Japheth Kimutai   Kenya 1:45.60 Q
3 3 Grant Cremer   Australia 1:45.86 q, SB
4 1 Balázs Korányi   Hungary 1:46.21 q, SB
5 6 Bryan Woodward   United States 1:47.64
6 8 Mehdi Jelodarzadeh   Iran 1:47.91
7 4 Mohamed Saleh Hadj Haidara   Bahrain 1:56.64
8 5 Mohammed Yagoub   Sudan DNS

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 2 Khalid Tighazouine   Morocco 1:46.33 Q
2 8 André Bucher   Switzerland 1:46.51 Q
3 4 Viktors Lacis   Latvia 1:46.94 q, SB
4 3 Osmar dos Santos   Brazil 1:47.05 q
5 7 Milton Browne   Barbados 1:47.63 SB
6 6 Nathan Kahan   Belgium 1:47.69
7 5 Panayiótis Stroubákos   Greece 1:47.96

Heat 8Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 7 Werner Botha   South Africa 1:47.85 Q
2 6 Mouhssin Chehibi   Morocco 1:48.51 Q
3 1 Bram Som   Netherlands 1:48.58
4 2 Kris McCarthy   Australia 1:48.92
5 5 Mark Everett   United States 1:49.77
6 4 Paskar Owor   Uganda 1:49.99
7 8 Vitalie Cerches   Moldova 1:52.15
8 3 Puntsag-Ochiryn Pürevsüren   Mongolia 1:56.29

Overall results for round 1Edit

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 6 2 1 1:45.39 Q
2 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 4 3 1 1:45.57 Q
3 Japheth Kimutai   Kenya 6 7 2 1:45.60 Q
4 Grant Cremer   Australia 6 3 3 1:45.86 q SB
5 Glody Dube   Botswana 4 2 2 1:46.17 Q PB
6 Balázs Korányi   Hungary 6 1 4 1:46.21 q SB
7 Andrea Longo   Italy 1 2 1 1:46.32 Q
8 Khalid Tighazouine   Morocco 7 2 1 1:46.33 Q
9 Andre Bucher   Switzerland 7 8 2 1:46.51 Q
10 Pavel Pelepyagin   Belarus 5 4 1 1:46.67 Q
11 Vebjoern Rodal   Norway 1 3 2 1:46.76 Q
12 Jean Patrick Nduwimana   Burundi 5 3 2 1:46.78 Q
13 Johan Botha   South Africa 4 7 3 1:46.91 q
14 Viktors Lacis   Latvia 7 4 3 1:46.94 q SB
15 Osmar dos Santos   Brazil 7 3 4 1:47.05 q
16 El Mahjoub Haida   Morocco 5 5 3 1:47.14 q
17 William Yiampoy   Kenya 5 8 4 1:47.35 q
18 James McIlroy   Great Britain 1 8 3 1:47.44 q
19 Hezekiél Sepeng   South Africa 3 6 1 1:47.46 Q
20 Joao Pires   Portugal 5 6 5 1:47.61
21 Adem Hecini   Algeria 3 1 2 1:47.62 Q
22 Milton O Browne   Barbados 7 7 5 1:47.63 SB
23 Bryan Woodward   United States 6 6 5 1:47.64
24 Crispen Mutakanyi   Zimbabwe 4 1 4 1:47.66
Roman Oravec   Czech Republic 1 1 4 1:47.66
26 Nathan Kahan   Belgium 7 6 6 1:47.69
27 Vanco Stojanov   Macedonia 1 5 5 1:47.71
28 Nils Schumann   Germany 2 6 1 1:47.76 Q
29 Werner Botha   South Africa 8 7 1 1:47.83 Q
30 Rich Kenah   United States 1 7 6 1:47.85
31 Joseph Mutua   Kenya 3 4 3 1:47.86
32 Mehdi Jelodarzadeh   Iran 6 8 6 1:47.91
33 Djabir Saïd-Guerni   Algeria 2 7 2 1:47.95 Q
34 Panayiótis Stroubákos   Greece 7 5 7 1:47.96
35 Jose Manuel Cerezo   Spain 4 8 5 1:48.11
36 Dmitriy Bogdanov   Russia 3 7 4 1:48.14
Arthemon Hatungimana   Burundi 2 3 3 1:48.14
38 Roberto Parra   Spain 3 5 5 1:48.19
39 Zach Whitmarsh   Canada 2 2 4 1:48.42
40 Kim Soon-Hyung   South Korea 1 4 7 1:48.49 SB
41 Mouhssin Chehibi   Morocco 8 6 2 1:48.51 Q
42 Bram Som   Netherlands 8 1 3 1:48.58
43 David Matthews   Ireland 2 4 5 1:48.77
44 Andrew Hart   Great Britain 2 8 6 1:48.78
45 Bobby True   Liberia 3 8 6 1:48.79
46 Kris McCarthy   Australia 8 2 4 1:48.92
47 Habib Mohamed Belhadj   Tunisia 3 3 7 1:49.14
48 Isireli Naikelekelevesi   Fiji 2 5 7 1:49.61
49 Mark Everett   United States 8 5 5 1:49.77
50 Artem Mastrov   Russia 4 4 6 1:49.89
51 Paskar Owor   Uganda 8 4 6 1:49.99
52 Vitalie Cerches   Moldova 8 8 7 1:52.15
53 Ian Roberts   Guyana 4 5 7 1:52.32
54 Jorge Duvane   Mozambique 3 2 8 1:52.97
55 Abdu I Yousuf   Qatar 5 1 6 1:53.23
56 Puntsag-Osor Purevsuren   Mongolia 8 3 8 1:56.29
57 Mohamed S. Naji Haidara   Bahrain 6 4 7 1:56.64
58 Naseer Ismail   Maldives 5 7 7 1:56.67
59 Faig Baghirov   Azerbaijan 5 2 8 1:57.39
60 Marvin Watts   Jamaica 4 6 8 1:59.97 q
Mohammad Alkafraini   Jordan 1 6 DSQ
Mahamed Yagoub   Sudan 6 5 DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 1 Nils Schumann   Germany 1:44.22 Q, PB
2 5 André Bucher   Switzerland 1:44.38 Q
3 2 Glody Dube   Botswana 1:44.70 q, NR
4 6 Hezekiél Sepeng   South Africa 1:44.85 q
5 4 William Yiampoy   Kenya 1:45.88
6 7 James McIlroy   Great Britain 1:46.39
7 3 Vebjørn Rodal   Norway 1:48.73
8 6 Mouhssin Chehibi   Morocco 1:49.88

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 5 Djabir Saïd-Guerni   Algeria 1:44.19 Q
2 3 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 1:44.33 Q, PB
3 1 Khalid Tighazouine   Morocco 1:45.38 PB
4 2 Johan Botha   South Africa 1:45.49
5 6 Japheth Kimutai   Kenya 1:45.64
6 4 Jean-Patrick Nduwimana   Burundi 1:46.98
7 8 Pavel Pelepyagin   Belarus 1:50.37
8 7 Grant Cremer   Australia 1:52.57

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 3 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:44.22 Q
2 4 Andrea Longo   Italy 1:44.49 Q
3 6 Adem Hecini   Algeria 1:45.08
4 7 Mahjoub Haïda   Morocco 1:46:35
5 5 Werner Botha   South Africa 1:46.53
6 2 Viktors Lacis   Latvia 1:47.24
7 8 Balázs Korányi   Hungary 1:47.35
8 9 Marvin Watts   Jamaica 1:47.68
1 Osmar dos Santos   Brazil 1:47.68

Overall results for semifinalsEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Djabir Saïd-Guerni   Algeria 2 5 1 1:44.19 Q
2 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 3 3 1 1:44.22 Q
Nils Schumann   Germany 1 1 1 1:44.22 Q PB
4 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 2 3 2 1:44.33 Q PB
5 Andre Bucher   Switzerland 1 5 2 1:46.17 Q
6 Andrea Longo   Italy 3 4 2 1:44.49 Q
7 Glody Dube   Botswana 1 2 3 1:44.70 q NR
8 Hezekiél Sepeng   South Africa 1 6 4 1:44.85 q
9 Adem Hecini   Algeria 3 6 3 1:45.08
10 Khalid Tighazouine   Morocco 2 1 3 1:45.38 PB
11 Johan Botha   South Africa 2 2 4 1:45.49
12 Japheth Kimutai   Kenya 2 6 5 1:45.64
13 William Yiampoy   Kenya 1 4 5 1:45.88
14 El Mahjoub Haida   Morocco 3 7 4 1:46.35
15 James McIlroy   Great Britain 1 7 6 1:46.39
16 Werner Botha   South Africa 3 3 5 1:46.53
17 Jean Patrick Nduwimana   Burundi 2 4 6 1:46.98
18 Viktors Lacis   Latvia 3 2 6 1:47.24
19 Balázs Korányi   Hungary 3 8 7 1:47.35
20 Marvin Watts   Jamaica 3 9 8 1:47.68
Osmar dos Santos   Brazil 3 1 8 1:47.68
22 Vebjoern Rodal   Norway 1 3 7 1:48.73
23 Mouhssin Chehibi   Morocco 1 8 8 1:49.88
24 Pavel Pelepyagin   Belarus 2 8 7 1:50.37
25 Grant Cremer   Australia 2 7 8 1:52.57

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time
  2 Nils Schumann   Germany 1:45.08
  3 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:45.14
  5 Djabir Saïd-Guerni   Algeria 1:45.16
4 7 Hezekiél Sepeng   South Africa 1:45.29
5 4 André Bucher   Switzerland 1:45.40
6 8 Yuriy Borzakovskiy   Russia 1:45.83
7 1 Glody Dube   Botswana 1:46.24
8 6 Andrea Longo   Italy DSQ

Source: Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "800 metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Longo to fight drugs ban". BBC Online. 1 December 2001. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/images/stories/tfn_pdfs/ogqualifying_standards.pdf[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Official Report, Results Book for Athletics.
  6. ^ "Results" (PDF). Official Report of the XXVIIth Olympiad, Volume 3. pp. 185–193. Retrieved 11 October 2014.

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