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1983 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

1983 1st IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 800m


 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 2 & 8 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 7)
Dates: 7–14 August 1983 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 8)
Nations participating: 153
Athletes participating: 1,355
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium
There was disappointment before the event began when world record holder Sebastian Coe was forced to withdraw with illness. Olympic Champion Steve Ovett would have been a willing substitute for Great Britain, but it was too late to make such a change to the entry. Another shock followed in the opening round when 1976 Olympic Champion Juantorena broke a bone in his right ankle at the end of his heat. All this news was forgotten after a terrific final which brought one of the surprise results of the championships. The two youngest finalists, Cruz and Elliott, set a fast pace from the start. The Brazilian raced through 200m in 24.4 before Elliott took over by the bell (50.58). The rest of the field, headed by Ferner and Wülbeck, were in touch but running in single file. Elliott refused to be overtaken despite pressure from Cruz. The Briton held the kerb all the way round the final bend before the Brazilian finally regained the lead. Wülbeck then made his move, catching Elliott and passing Cruz 70m from the finish. Druppers also finished strongly, coming from 5th place to pip Cruz for the silver medal. The 28 year-old German became the fifth-fastest man ever

These are the official results of the men's 800 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total of 60 participating athletes, with eight qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on 9 August 1983.

From the gun, World Junior Record holder and NCAA Champion Joaquim Cruz went out fast to get the lead, with Peter Elliott in lane 1 accelerating when he saw Cruz ahead of him, passing the break point swinging wide to go around Cruz but Cruz would not let him by. Coming off the turn, Elliott accelerated and ran past Cruz to take the lead at the bell in 50.58. Hans-Peter Ferner was next behind them, followed by Willi Wülbeck and Rob Druppers. Coming off the third turn, Cruz again accelerated to try to take back the lead. Down the backstretch, Cruz and Elliott ran shoulder to shoulder. Gritting his teeth, Elliott would not concede the position, Cruz running the final turn outside of Elliott still shoulder to shoulder with now Wülbeck watching the battle from two steps behind. Off the final turn, Cruz accelerated again to pull away from Elliott but Wülbeck went around the outside to sprint past both of them, unleaded to victory. Druppers came off the final turn several metres back, passed a fading Ferner and began sprinting, picking off Elliott and then Cruz just before the finish line.

Records

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:41.73 Florence, Italy June 10, 1981
Championship Record New event
 
  800m 9 August
  Final
1 Willi Wülbeck FRG 18 Dec 54 1.43.65
2 Rob Druppers NED 29 Apr 62 1.44.20
3 Joaquim Cruz BRA 12 Mar 63 1.44.27
4 Peter Elliott GBR 9 Oct 62 1.44.87
5 James Robinson USA 27 Aug 54 1.45.12
6 Agberto Guimarães BRA 18 Aug 57 1.45.46
7 Hans-Peter Ferner FRG 6 Jun 56 1.45.74
8 Dave Patrick USA 12 Jun 60 1.46.56
  Semifinals 8 August
  Heat 1
1 Joaquim Cruz BRA 12 Mar 63 1.45.62
2 James Robinson USA 27 Aug 54 1.46.16
3 Philippe Dupont FRA 31 May 58 1.46.36
4 Viktor Kalinkin URS 23 Feb 60 1.46.83
5 Mike Solomon TTO 29 Sep 54 1.47.10
6 Matthias Assmann FRG 2 Feb 57 1.48.73
7 Mike Hillardt AUS 22 Jan 61 1.49.64
Alberto Juantorena CUB 3 Dec 50 DNS
  Heat 2
2 Willi Wülbeck FRG 18 Dec 54 1.46.37
3 José Marajo FRA 10 Aug 54 1.46.39
4 David Mack USA 30 May 61 1.46.39
5 Colomán Trabado ESP 2 Jan 58 1.46.85
6 Garry Cook GBR 10 Jan 58 1.47.48
7 Sammy Koskei KEN 14 May 61 1.48.92
8 Binko Kolev BUL 28 Jul 58 1.50.23
  Heat 3
1 Hans-Peter Ferner FRG 6 Jun 56 1.45.24
2 Dave Patrick USA 12 Jun 60 1.45.30
3 Peter Elliott GBR 9 Oct 62 1.45.38
4 Rob Druppers NED 29 Apr 62 1.45.55
5 Detlef Wagenknecht GDR 3 Jan 59 1.45.70
6 Peter Pearless NZL 4 Jun 57 1.47.82
7 José Luiz Barbosa BRA 27 May 61 1.48.05
8 Jorma Härkönen FIN 17 May 56 1.49.39
  Heats 7 August
  Heat 1
1 James Robinson USA 27 Aug 54 1.46.32
2 Garry Cook GBR 10 Jan 58 1.46.44
3 Viktor Kalinkin URS 23 Feb 60 1.46.57
4 Christoph Ulmer SUI 29 Jun 61 1.47.98
5 Jama Mohamed Aden SOM 62 1.48.69
6 Paul Gilbert AUS 29 Dec 60 1.51.39
7 Khaled Khalifa KUW 3 Dec 57 1.52.84
8 Sekou Camara GUI 1.59.90
  Heat 2
1 Matthias Assmann FRG 2 Feb 57 1.47.45
2 José Luiz Barbosa BRA 27 May 61 1.47.47
3 Binko Kolev BUL 28 Jul 58 1.47.49
4 Peter Bourke AUS 23 Apr 58 1.48.15
5 Petru Drágoescu ROU 22 Jul 62 1.48.33
6 Bo Breigan NOR 17 Dec 58 1.49.53
7 Mohammed Darwish IRQ 1.50.68
  Heat 3
1 Willi Wülbeck FRG 18 Dec 54 1.46.55
2 Philippe Dupont FRA 31 May 58 1.46.62
3 Dave Patrick USA 12 Jun 60 1.46.76
4 Babacar Niang SEN 9 Sep 58 1.47.54
5 Donato Sabia ITA 11 Sep 63 1.47.62
6 Sotirios Moutsanas GRE 2 Jan 58 1.48.23
7 Vincent Confait SEY 28 Oct 59 1.55.04
8 Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa RWA 13 Jul 53 1.55.12
  Heat 4
1 Detlef Wagenknecht GDR 3 Jan 59 1.49.20
2 Sammy Koskei KEN 14 May 61 1.49.35
3 Omar Khalifa SUD 18 Dec 56 1.49.67
4 Ronny Olsson SWE 1 Oct 61 1.49.72
5 Simon Hoogewerf CAN 11 May 63 1.49.92
- Charlie Oliver SOL DNS
- Ryszard Ostrowski POL DNS
  Heat 5
1 Agberto Guimarães BRA 18 Aug 57 1.48.30
2 Alberto Juantorena CUB 3 Dec 50 1.48.40
3 Juma N'diwa KEN 28 Nov 60 1.48.40
4 Mohamed Zahafi MAR 1 Jan 59 1.49.43
5 Gordan Hinds BAR 1.50.92
6 Didier Le Guillou FRA 1 Apr 60 1.52.49
7 Ruthsel Martina AHO 1.55.67
  Heat 6
1 David Mack USA 30 May 61 1.45.84
2 Jorma Härkönen FIN 17 May 56 1.46.39
3 Peter Elliott GBR 9 Oct 62 1.46.53
4 José Marajo FRA 10 Aug 54 1.46.78
5 Colomán Trabado ESP 2 Jan 58 1.47.10
6 Kim Bok-Ju KOR 17 Oct 60 1.48.40
7 Tisbite Rakotoarisoa MAD 1.50.70
8 Antonio Cadio Paraiso STP 1.58.47
  Heat 7
1 Rob Druppers NED 29 Apr 62 1.46.12
2 Joaquim Cruz BRA 12 Mar 63 1.46.12
3 Peter Pearless NZL 4 Jun 57 1.47.22
4 Mike Solomon TTO 29 Sep 54 1.47.30
5 Faouzi Lahbi MAR 2 Mar 58 1.47.76
6 Gawain Guy USA 28 Jan 62 1.49.19
7 John Chappory GIB 29 Jul 62 1.52.30
  Heat 8
1 Hans-Peter Ferner FRG 6 Jun 56 1.48.34
2 Mike Hillardt AUS 22 Jan 61 1.48.44
3 James Maina Boi KEN 4 Apr 54 1.48.69
4 Mark Handelsman ISR 9 Jun 61 1.49.02
5 Mohamed Alouini TUN 19 Oct 57 1.49.09
6 William Wuycke VEN 21 May 58 1.50.71
7 Luis Ramirez NCA 1.55.77
8 Clive Williams BIZ 2.03.64
 

Heat 1 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Jama Aden SOM SOM    
  Sekou Camara GUI GUI    
  Garry Cook GBR GBR    
  Paul Gilbert AUS AUS    
  Viktor Kalinkin URS URS    
  Khaled Khalifa KUW KUW    
  James Robinson USA USA 1:46.43  
  Christoph Ulmer SUI SUI 1:46.82 1:46.82

Heat 2 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Matthias Assmann FRG FRG    
  José Luíz Barbosa BRA BRA    
  Peter Bourke AUS AUS 1:44.78  
  Bo Breigan NOR NOR    
  Mohammed Darwish IRQ IRQ    
  Petre Dragoescu ROU ROU    
  Binko Kolev BUL BUL 1:46.3  

Heat 3 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Vincent Confait SEY SEY    
  Philippe Dupont FRA FRA    
  Sotirios Moutsanas GRE GRE    
  Babacar Niang SEN SEN    
  David Patrick USA USA    
  Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa RWA RWA    
  Donato Sabia ITA ITA    
  Willi Wülbeck FRG FRG 1:45.26  

Heat 4 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Simon Hoogewerf CAN CAN    
  Omer Khalifa SUD SUD    
  Sammy Koskei KEN KEN    
  Charlie Oliver SOL SOL 1:52.64  
  Ronny Olsson SWE SWE    
  Ryszard Ostrowski POL POL    
  Detlef Wagenknecht GDR GDR 1:46.91  

Heat 5 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Agberto Guimarães BRA BRA 1:46.20  
  Gordan Hinds BAR BAR    
  Alberto Juantorena CUB CUB 1:43.44  
  Didier Le Guillou FRA FRA    
  Ruthsel Martina AHO AHO    
  Juma Ndiwa KEN KEN 1:44.20 1:44.20
  Mohamed Zahafi MAR MAR    

Heat 6 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Antonio Cadio Paraiso STP STP 1:52.8  
  Peter Elliott GBR GBR    
  Jorma Härkönen FIN FIN    
  Bock-Ju Kim KOR KOR    
  David Mack USA USA    
  José Marajo FRA FRA 1:43.9  
  Tisbite Rakotoarisoa MAD MAD    
  Coloman Trabado ESP ESP 1:46.91i 1:46.91i

Heat 7 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  John Chappory GIB GIB 1:54.5  
  Joaquim Cruz BRA BRA 1:44.3  
  Rob Druppers NED NED    
  Gawain Guy JAM JAM    
  Faouzi Lahbi MAR MAR    
  Peter Pearless NZL NZL    
  Mike Solomon TTO TTO 1:46.17  

Heat 8 07 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Mohamed Alouini TUN TUN    
  James Maina Boi KEN KEN 1:44.24  
  Hans-Peter Ferner FRG FRG    
  Mark Handelsman ISR ISR    
  Michael Hillardt AUS AUS 1:45.74 1:45.74
  Luis Ramirez NCA NCA    
  Clive Williams BIZ BIZ    
  William Wuyke VEN VEN 1:47.1

 

 

 

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