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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Men's 800m

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to second round) (Aug 4)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997 Format: Second round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 5)
Nations participating: 198 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 6)
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF    oaka7
That most aesthetic of movers, Kipketer issued a simple challenge to the rest of the world’s élite ... catch me if you can. He had the justified selfconfidence to lead every step of the way, as he had earlier in the year when setting a stunning world indoor record at the World Indoor Championships. He tested the opposition with splits of 23.47 and 49.68, eased up on the third 200 (76.99) and then accelerated hard to destroy the hopes of the others. Barely out of breath at the finish he retained his title in 1:43.38, just the 16th quickest of his career at that time. After this consummate display it came as no surprise to anyone when he broke Seb Coe’s long standing world record a few days later. Alberto Juantorena, a former world record holder, paid him this tribute: “I admire him, not only because he is running so smoothly but also because he is not only using his legs but his brain too.” Juantorena’s compatriot Téllez, a 400 semi-finalist at the previous World Championships, finished second, while a spectacular kick brought Kenah past Konchellah for the bronze with Olympic Champion Rodal only fifth.
 These are the results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens, Greece on 4–8 August.
 
  800m 8 August

Event report men 800 metres final

The joint world record holder, Wilson Kipketer of Denmark, ran from gun to tape to retain his world 800m title in 1:43.38 in a race that included the seven fastest men in the world this year. The eighth man in the final, Rich Kenah of the USA, stole the bronze medal in his best ever time, 1:44.25, behind Norberto Tellez of Cuba, who clocked 1:44.00, his best time of the year. Kipketer burst straight into the lead from the gun followed by USA’s Mark Everett and Tellez. He hit the 200m mark in 23.47, world record pace, and already had a string of runners trailing in his wake. The great Dane had a lead of some three or four metres as he passed 400m in 49.68. As they entered the back straight Tellez began to move past Everett, trying to get close to Kipketer. But at 600m (1:16.99) there was still a three metre lead and Kipketer came into the home straight comfortably ahead. Behind him a battle was building for the minor medals - as Everett started to fade, Olympic champion Vebjoern Rodal came from the back with Kenya’s Patrick Konchellah, Dutchman Marko Koers and Kenah - but the Cuban held on for silver. Kenah, coming through on the inside, dipped at the line to edge out Konchellah by one hundredth of a second.
  Final
1 Wilson Kipketer DEN 12 Dec 70 1.43.38
2 Norberto Téllez CUB 22 Jan 72 1.44.00
3 Rich Kenah USA 4 Aug 70 1.44.25
4 Patrick Konchellah KEN 20 Apr 65 1.44.26
5 Vebjørn Rodal NOR 16 Sep 72 1.44.53
6 Marko Koers NED 3 Nov 72 1.44.85
7 Patrick Ndururi KEN 12 Jan 69 1.45.24
8 Mark Everett USA 2 Sep 68 1.49.02

Event Report Men 800m Semi Final

The men’s 800m semifinals were an exhibition of different tactics, since all the favourites for Friday’s finals ran conservative races. Greece’s Panagiotis Stroubakos set a fast pace in heat 1, and passed the 400m in 50.68. At the bell, Kenyan Patrick Konchellah lost his right shoe but managed to stay with the leading group. The 1996 Olympic champion, Norway’s Vebjoern Rodal made a move at the back straight and Stroubakos started to feel the fast pace. With 200 metres to go Rodal was still in command, and Konchellah and Cuban Norberto Tellez, 4th at the Atlanta Games, took position to start their attack. The final positions were decided in the last 100 metres. Konchellah and Tellez came around the outside with American Mark Everett behind them and Rodal on the inside. Konchellah won in 1:45.07, the fastest time of the day. Tellez was 2nd (1:45.37), Rodal 3rd (1:45.41) and Everett 4th (1:45.94). All of them advanced to the final. The 2nd heat saw a slower pace (53.98 at 400m). At that point the defending champion and co-world record holder, Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer made his early move, and after that he never lost the lead. Kipketer ran 1:46.14. American Rich Kenah was 2nd in 1:46.37 after a hard battle with Kenyan Patrick Ndururi, 3rd with 1:46.50 and Netherland’s Marko Koers, 4th with 1:46.62. The 1996 Olympic silver medallist, South Africa’s Hezekiel Sepeng was 7th in this heat with a 1:47.00 and didn’t advance to the final.
  Semifinals 6 August
  Heat 1
1 Patrick Konchellah KEN 20 Apr 65 1.45.07
2 Norberto Téllez CUB 22 Jan 72 1.45.37
3 Vebjørn Rodal NOR 16 Sep 72 1.45.41
4 Mark Everett USA 1.45.94
5 Adem Hecini ALG 1.46.02
6 Mohammed Yagoub Babiker SUD 1.46.09
7 Benyounes Lahlou MAR 1.46.42
8 Panagiotis Stroubakos GRE 1.46.81
  Heat 2
1 Wilson Kipketer DEN 1.46.14
2 Rich Kenah USA 1.46.37
3 Patrick Ndururi KEN 1.46.50
4 Marko Koers NED 1.46.62
5 Kennedy Osei GHA 1.46.78
6 Andre Bucher SUI 1.46.88
7 Hezekiel Sepeng RSA 1.47.00
8 Tor Oivind Odegard NOR 1.47.83

Event report men 800m heats round 2

The toughest heat of the second round of the men’s 800m produced the fastest times and demonstrated the impressive form of Cuba’s Norberto Tellez, who clocked 1:44.82. The second heat also produced all four time qualifiers. Heat 1: Jamaica’s Mario Vernon-Watson took the race through 200m in 25.10 with Ivan Komar of Belarus on his shoulder. The same two led at the bell (53.01) but Morocco’s Benjounes Lahlou moved ominously from the middle of the pack to the front down the back straight, followed by Kenya’s Patrick Ndururi and Marko Koers of the Netherlands. These three battled out the sprint for the line and Koers looked strong in holding off his rivals for a winning time of 1:46.52. Heat 2: Adem Hecini of Algeria went off fast from the gun, taking the field through 200m in 24.73. Switzerland’s Andre Bucher kept the pace hot, and led through 400m in 51.23. With 200m to go Tellez and South Africa’s Hezekiel Sepeng made their move, passing Bucher as they entered the home straight. Everett came all the way from the back and these three led the sprint for home. The race produced season’s bests for Sepeng and Hecini in fourth, and personal bests for places 5, 6 and 7, who all qualified for the semi-finals. Heat 3: Patrick Konchellah of Kenya shot out from the start, hitting 200m in 24.64, but then the pace slowed and Jose Luiz Barbosa of Brazil led through 400m in 53.63. The Olympic champion Verbjoern Rodal was in sixth place but came hard round the final bend and he and Konchellah took on Barbosa in the home straight. In a very tight finish Rodal edged out Konchellah with USA’s Rich Kenah coming strong from the back to take the third qualifying spot. Heat 4: Much to the crowd’s delight, Panayotis Stroubakos of Greece led at 200m (25.15) and at 400m (52.29). Defending champion, Wilson Kipketer of Denmark, came from the back to the front as the runners passed along the back straight and round the final bend. Stroubakos hung on down the final straight and held off Kennedy Osei of Ghana for second place in 1:45.94. Kipketer looked easy in front - he crossed the line in 1:45.54 - but the crowd’s roars were for the Greek. He greeted them as if he won the gold medal itself.
  Quarterfinals 5 August
  Heat 1
1 Marko Koers NED 1.46.52
2 Patrick Ndururi KEN 1.46.56
3 Benyounes Lahlou MAR 1.46.63
4 Savieri Ngidhi ZIM 1.46.92
5 Lukas Vydra CZE 1.47.56
6 Nathan Kahan BEL 1.48.66
7 Mario Vernon-Watson JAM 1.49.52
8 Ivan Komar BLR 1.50.17
  Heat 2
1 Norberto Téllez CUB 22 Jan 72 1.44.82
2 Hezekiél Sepeng RSA 30 Jun 74 1.44.91
3 Mark Everett USA 2 Sep 68 1.44.95
4 Adem Hecini ALG 13 Dec 75 1.45.19
5 André Bucher SUI 19 Oct 76 1.45.33
6 Tor-Øyvind Ødegård NOR 28 Feb 69 1.45.42
7 Mohamed Yagoub SUD 2 Sep 77 1.45.73
8 David Matthews IRL 1.46.66
  Heat 3
1 Vebjorn Rodal NOR 1.46.43
2 Patrick Konchellah KEN 1.46.43
3 Rich Kenah USA 1.46.48
4 Arthemon Hatungimana BUR 1.46.64
5 Einars Tupuritis LAT 1.46.97
6 Marius Van Heerden RSA 1.47.20
7 Jose Luiz Barbosa BRA 1.47.30
8 Andrew Hart GBR 1.48.03
  Heat 4
1 Wilson Kipketer DEN 1.45.54
2 Panagiotis Stroubakos GRE 1.45.94
3 Kennedy Osei GHA 1.46.00
4 Hendrik Mokganyetsi RSA 1.46.45
5 Andrea Longo ITA 1.46.60
6 Brandon Rock USA 1.47.13
7 Jose Manuel Cerezo ESP 1.48.90
- Benson Koech KEN DNS

Event report men 800m heats

The defending champion, Wilson Kipketer of Denmark, was the fastest qualifier in the first round of the men’s 800m. Running in the first heat, the joint world record holder easily coped with a relatively tough field, winning in 1:46.34 after taking the lead, and control of the race, at 400m. The Olympic silver medallist, Hezekiel Sepeng of South Africa, followed him home and recorded the second fastest time of the round, 1:46.42. In a round of relatively slow times - only eight athletes were under 1:47.00 - most of the contenders for final places qualified safely: Norberto Tellez of Cuba, who was fourth at last year’s Olympic Games, won heat 2 in 1:46.44; Marko Koers of the Netherlands, fifth fastest in the world this year, ran 1:47.17 in winning heat 3; Patrick Konchellah of Kenya, third fastest in the world this year, ran 1:47.15 in winning heat 4; Olympic champion, Vebjoern Rodal of Norway, ran 1:47.58 in winning heat 5; Patrick Ndururi of Kenya, fourth fastest in the world in 1997, won a very slow heat 6 in 1:49.51; and Mark Everett of USA, second fastest this year and 1991 World Championships bronze medallist, ran 1:47.13 in winning heat 7. Two non-starters and an injury to Britain’s Paul Walker after 250m allowed the four automatic qualifiers in heat 6 to record some of the slowest times of this, or any round, of a major championships 800m - Brandon Rock of the USA was fourth across the line in 1:58.05. One notable name who did not qualify was Giuseppe D’Urso of Italy, the 1993 World Championships silver medallist, who quit heat 3 while in last place at 400m.
  Heats 4 August
  Heat 1
1 Wilson Kipketer DEN 1.46.34
2 Hezekiel Sepeng RSA 1.46.42
3 Einars Tupuritis LAT 1.46.96
4 Tor Oivind Odegard NOR 1.47.33
5 Jean-Marc Destine HAI 1.47.76
6 Joseph Rakotoarimanana MAD 1.47.86
7 Mark Sesay GBR 1.49.00
8 Cherif Baba Aidara MTN 1.56.85
  Heat 2
1 Norberto Tellez CUB 1.46.44
2 Panagiotis Stroubakos GRE 1.46.49
3 Andrea Longo ITA 1.46.79
4 Mario Vernon-Watson JAM 1.46.96
5 Savieri Ngidhi ZIM 1.46.97
6 Ivan Komar BLR 1.47.53
7 Ali Khazaal LIB 1.50.66
8 Vanco Stojanov MKD 1.52.65
  Heat 3
1 Marko Koers NED 1.47.17
2 Rich Kenah USA 1.47.25
3 Andre Bucher SUI 1.47.44
4 Jose Luiz Barbosa BRA 1.47.53
5 Michael Wildner AUT 1.47.77
6 Sergey Kozhevnikov RUS 1.48.11
7 Mohamed Haidara BHR 1.53.56
- Giuseppe D'Urso ITA DNF
  Heat 4
1 Patrick Konchellah KEN 1.47.15
2 David Matthews IRL 1.47.33
3 Marius Van Heerden RSA 1.47.56
4 Nathan Kahan BEL 1.47.62
5 Viktors Lacis LAT 1.48.65
6 Liam Byrne GIB 2.00.18
- Mahjoub Haida MAR DNF
- Julius Achon UGA DNS
  Heat 5
1 Vebjorn Rodal NOR 1.47.58
2 Arthemon Hatungimana BUR 1.47.73
3 Andrew Hart GBR 1.47.98
4 Hendrik Mokganyetsi RSA 1.48.10
5 Pavel Soukup CZE 1.48.16
6 Mark Tonks NZL 1.48.85
7 Adoum Terap CHA 1.54.01
8 Manlio Molinari SMR 1.55.89
  Heat 6
1 Patrick Ndururi KEN 1.49.51
2 Lukas Vydra CZE 1.50.08
3 Adem Hecini ALG 1.55.25
4 Brandon Rock USA 1.58.05
5 Cuthbert Modeste STL 2.01.24
- Paul Walker GBR DNF
- Mahdi Moullai IRN DNS
- Graham Hood CAN DNS
  Heat 7
1 Mark Everett USA 1.47.10
2 Benson Koech KEN 1.47.15
3 Benyounes Lahlou MAR 1.47.33
4 Babiker Mohammed Yagoub SUD 1.47.34
5 Kennedy Osei GHA 1.47.45
6 Jose Manuel Cerezo ESP 1.47.68
7 Tim Rogge BEL 1.48.38
8 Alex Morgan JAM 1.50.83

Heat 1 04 AUG 1997 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Wilson Kipketer DEN DEN 1:41.73 1:41.73
2 Mark Sesay GBR GBR 1:49.57 1:49.57
3 Tor Øivind Ødegard NOR NOR 1:45.55  
4 Hezekiél Sepeng RSA RSA 1:42.74 1:45.08
5 Jean-Marc Destine HAI HAI 1:45.79 1:47.80i
6 Cherif Baba Aidara MTN MTN 1:56.20  
7 Joseph Rakotoarimanana MAD MAD 1:47.33 1:53.28i
8 Einars Tupuritis LAT LAT 1:43.90 1:45.07

Heat 2 04 AUG 1997 10:10

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Panayiótis Stroubákos GRE GRE    
2 Savieri Ngidhi ZIM ZIM 1:45.03 1:47.33
3 Ivan Komar BLR BLR 1:45.76 1:46.55
4 Vanco Stojanov MKD MKD 1:50.98  
5 Ali Khazaal LBN LBN 1:57.02  
6 Norberto Téllez CUB CUB 1:42.85 1:44.35
7 Mario Vernon-Watson JAM JAM 1:45.58 1:46.67
8 Andrea Longo ITA ITA 1:44.40 1:44.40

Heat 3 04 AUG 1997 10:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 André Bucher SUI SUI 1:45.71  
2 Marko Koers NED NED 1:44.49 1:44.50
3 Rich Kenah USA USA 1:44.66 1:45.00
4 Sergey Kozhevnikov RUS RUS    
5 Giuseppe D'Urso ITA ITA 1:43.95 1:45.35
6 Michael Wildner AUT AUT 1:46.21 1:46.47
7 José Luíz Barbosa BRA BRA 1:43.08  
8 Mohamed S. Naji Haidara BRN BRN    

Heat 4 04 AUG 1997 10:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Patrick Konchellah KEN KEN 1:43.39 1:43.39
2 David Matthews IRL IRL 1:44.82 1:46.31
3 Liam Byrne GIB GIB    
4 Nathan Kahan BEL BEL 1:45.75 1:46.76
5 Viktors Lacis LAT LAT 1:50.11  
6 Marius van Heerden RSA RSA 1:46.06 1:46.06
7 Mahjoub Haïda MAR MAR 1:43.57 1:45.76i
8 Julius Achon UGA UGA 1:44.55  

Heat 5 04 AUG 1997 10:40

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Manlio Molinari SMR SMR 1:51.8 1:51.8
2 Hendrick Mokganyetsi RSA RSA 1:44.62 1:44.62
3 Andrew Hart GBR GBR 1:46.61 1:46.61
4 Pavel Soukup CZE CZE 1:46.38i 1:46.51
5 Arthémon Hatungimana BDI BDI 1:43.46  
6 Vebjørn Rodal NOR NOR 1:42.58 1:44.24
7 Mark Tonks NZL NZL 1:46.52 1:46.52
8 Yaya Terap Adoum CHA CHA 1:52.68  

Heat 6 04 AUG 1997 10:50

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Brandon Rock USA USA 1:44.97 1:45.19
2 Mahdi Moullai IRI IRI    
3 Adem Hecini ALG ALG 1:45.35 1:45.35
4 Patrick Ndururi KEN KEN 1:44.23 1:44.23
5 Graham Hood CAN CAN 1:45.70 1:46.15
6 Cuthbert Modeste LCA LCA    
7 Lukáš Vydra CZE CZE 1:46.77 1:46.77
8 Paul Walker GBR GBR 1:46.4 1:46.4

Heat 7 04 AUG 1997 11:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Kennedy Osei GHA GHA 1:45.13 1:45.82
2 José Manuel Cerezo ESP ESP 1:45.82  
3 Benyounés Lahlou MAR MAR 1:43.76 1:45.02
4 Mohamed Yagoub Babiker SUD SUD 1:47.44  
5 Benson Koech KEN KEN 1:43.17 1:45.22
6 Mark Everett USA USA 1:43.20 1:43.20
7 Alex Morgan JAM JAM 1:46.70i  
8 Tim Rogge BEL BEL 1:46.07 1:46.07
 

 

 

 

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