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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

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

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 2 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 6)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 7)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
Two years earlier Quirot capitalised on the disqualification of the previously all-conquering Mutola to bring off an emotionally charged victory. This time Mutola made it safely to the final, although she did squander precious energy in her semi by front running an extravagant 1:57.49. Mutola loved to lead at a fast pace, almost always running the finish out of her opponents, but in the final her splits of 58.32 at 400m and 88.28 at 600m proved insufficient. Quirot stuck resolutely to her and pulled clear 50m from the finish to become the first repeat winner of a global title in the women’s 800, while to add insult to injury Mutola was pipped for second on the line by Afanasyeva.
 These are the results of the Women's 800 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens, Greece. The event took place on 6, 7 and 9 August.
 
  800m 9 August

Event Report Women 800 metres Final

The defending world champion, 1996 Olympic silver medallist and 1997 world leader, Cuban Ana Fidelia Quirot won today’s final in 1:57.14. Russian Yelena Afanasyeva took the silver in the final metres of the race from Mozambique’s Maria Mutola. Mutola, who prior to world championships had only competed in one official race, set the pace at 200m with 27.13. Afanasyeva, Quirot and Surinam’s Letitia Vriesde were also in the leading group. Around the second turn Afanasyeva challenged Mutola but could not pass her. The pace got a little slower (58.32 at 400m) and with one lap to go, the eight competitors ran together, Mutola leading on the inside of the track. At 500m Quirot and Mutola were the leaders, with Afanasyeva on the outside and Vriesde behind them. The leaders hit 600m in 1:28.28. With 100 metres to go, Quirot made her move, and Mutola went after her, but the Cuban proved to be stronger and crossed the finish line celebrating her victory. Afanasyeva took the silver with 1:57.56, and Mutola’s 1:57.59. Vriesde was 4th with 1:58.12 and Czech Republic’s Ludmila Formanova 5th with 1:59.52. Only five athletes bettered two minutes. Both 800 metres champions, Quirot and Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer successfully defended the titles that they won two years ago in Gothenburg.
  Final
1 Ana Fidelia Quirot CUB 23 Mar 63 1.57.14
2 Yelena Afanasyeva RUS 1 Mar 67 1.57.56
3 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.57.59
4 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 1.58.12
5 Ludmila Formanová CZE 2 Jan 74 1.59.52
6 Toni Hodgkinson NZL 12 Dec 71 2.00.40
7 Joetta Clark-Diggs USA 1 Aug 62 2.02.05
8 Stella Jongmans NED 17 May 71 2.05.50

Event report women 800m semi finals

Former world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique fired a warning to her rivals in the 800m that she is in good shape to regain her title on Saturday when she ran from the front and clocked her fastest time of the year, 1:57.49. The defending champion, Ana Quirot of Cuba, ran well within herself to win the second semi and looks likely to be Mutola’s biggest challenger. Semi-final 1: Mutola went to the lead straight from the gun with Russia’s Yelena Afanasyeva giving chase in second. Mutola hit 200m in 26.74 and maintained the swift pace to the bell. She passed the half way mark in 56.38 with the field spread out behind her. Afanasyeva was still in second down the back straight with Luciana Mendes of Brazil in third and a gap to USA’s Joetta Clark in fourth. At 600m Mutola kicked again and had a 10 metre lead by the time she entered the home straight. She crossed the line looking easy while Afanasyeva fought back against Clark to take second in 1:59.05. Clark and a fast finishing Stella Jongmans of the Netherlands edged out Mendes at the line for the third and fourth qualifying positions. Semi-final 2: Russia’s Liubov Tsyoma and Quirot took the early lead, with Letitia Vriesde of Surinam in third, but the pace was slower (27.51 at 200m) and all the runners were still bunched at the bell, passed in 58.33. Tsyoma still led at 600m but Quirot and Vriesde began to move past her on the outside and came into the home straight together. As others too began to threaten the Russian she appeared to lose balance and, in trying to avoid stepping on the kerb, stepped off the track and quit the race. Quirot crossed the line in first place, easing ahead of Vriesde who ran 1:59.62 in second. Ludmila Formonova of the Czech Republic and Toni Hodgkinson of New Zealand took second and third respectively.
  Semifinals 7 August
  Heat 1
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.57.49
2 Yelena Afanasyeva RUS 1 Mar 67 1.59.05
3 Stella Jongmans NED 17 May 71 1.59.32
4 Joetta Clark-Diggs USA 1 Aug 62 1.59.34
5 Luciana Mendes BRA 26 Jul 71 1.59.45
6 Yelena Martson-Buzhenko UKR 2.02.62
7 Hasna Benhassi MAR 2.03.70
8 Malgorzata Rydz POL 2.05.00
  Heat 2
1 Ana Fidelia Quirot CUB 23 Mar 63 1.59.37
2 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 1.59.62
3 Ludmila Formanová CZE 2 Jan 74 1.59.71
4 Stella Jongmans NED 17 May 71 2.00.25
5 Natallia Dukhnova BLR 16 Jul 66 2.00.91
6 Nouria Merah-Benida ALG 2.01.08
7 Petya Strashilova BUL 2.01.44
- Lyubov Kiryukhina-Tsyoma RUS DQ

Event report women 800m heats

For the most part, the big names survived the first round of the 800m with no casualties. The fastest time, 2:00.12, was recorded by Russia’s Yelena Afanasyeva. That came in the last of five heats, as the races got steadily faster in the competition for the six time qualifying spots (the top two from each heat made the semis automatically). Ludmila Formanova of the Czech Republic showed an impressive finishing sprint to take the first heat in 2:01.46.In the second heat, Ana Quirot, the defending champion, showed complete control. Letitia Vreisde of Surinam took the third heat in 2:00.92, while U.S. champion Kathy Rounds (5th in 2:03.33) failed to advance. In heat four, Maria Mutola (2:00.88) and Joetta Clark (2:01.15) showed their experience and easily dominated. The final heat saw Afanasyeva set the fastest pace of all (57.18, 1:28.10); she finished 5th in last year’s Olympics.
  Heats 6 August
  Heat 1
1 Ludmila Formanova CZE 2.01.46
2 Natalya Dukhnova BLR 2.02.39
3 Linda Kisabaka GER 2.03.22
4 Julia Sakara ZIM 2.03.55
5 Oznur Dursun TUR 2.04.62
6 Leontine Tsiba CGO 2.07.34
7 Abok Shol SUD 2.16.74
- Malin Ewerlof SWE DNS
  Heat 2
1 Ana Fidelia Quirot CUB 2.01.56
2 Yelena Martson-Buzhenko UKR 2.02.00
3 Toni Hodgkinson NZL 2.02.21
4 Jill Stamison-Mcmullen USA 2.06.16
5 Theoni Kostopoulou GRE 2.07.32
6 Jolanda Steblovnik-Ceplak SLO 2.10.97
7 Adama Njie GAM 2.13.50
  Heat 3
1 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 2.00.92
2 Stella Jongmans NED 2.01.06
3 Lyubov Kiryukhina-Tsyoma RUS 2.01.87
4 Rosa Kutty IND 2.02.22
5 Kathy Harris-Rounds USA 2.03.33
6 Dawn Williams-Sewer DMN 2.03.35
7 Natalia Al Farran LIB 2.18.11
8 Donata Mutegwamaso RWA 2.25.07
  Heat 4
1 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 2.00.88
2 Joetta Clark USA 2.01.15
3 Petya Strashilova BUL 2.01.49
4 Nouria Merah-Benida ALG 2.01.54
5 Stephanie Graf AUT 2.02.52
6 Charmaine Crooks CAN 2.02.84
7 Yaznee Nasheeda MLD 2.36.18
- Alberta Cape GBS DNS
  Heat 5
1 Yelena Afanasyeva RUS 1 Mar 67 2.00.12
2 Luciana Mendes BRA 26 Jul 71 2.00.89
3 Hasna Benhassi MAR 1 Jun 78 2.01.56
4 Malgorzata Rydz POL 2.01.68
5 Irina Nedelenko-Lishchinska UKR 2.03.56
6 Monika Ronnholm-Kinnunen FIN 2.04.11
7 Monica Randi SMR 2.16.00

Heat 1 06 AUG 1997 09:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Ludmila Formanová CZE CZE 1:59.28 1:59.59
2 Julia Sakara ZIM ZIM 2:01.18  
3 Abok Shol SUD SUD    
4 Malin Ewerlöf SWE SWE 2:00.42 2:00.42
5 Öznur Dursun TUR TUR 2:01.42 2:01.42
6 Natalya Dukhnova BLR BLR 1:57.24 1:59.31i
7 Leontine Tsiba CGO CGO 2:08.58  
8 Linda Kisabaka GER GER 1:58.24 1:58.38

Heat 2 06 AUG 1997 09:37

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Olena Buzhenko-Sergeyeva UKR UKR 1:59.93 1:59.93
2 Jolanda Batagelj SLO SLO 2:00.94 2:00.94
3 Adama Njie GAM GAM 2:10.1 2:12.7
4 Toni Hodgkinson NZL NZL 1:58.25 1:59.42
5 Ana Fidelia Quirot CUB CUB 1:54.44 1:55.78
6 Theoni Kostopoulou GRE GRE 2:07.34i 2:07.34i
7 Jill Stamison-McMullen USA USA 2:03.29 2:04.17

Heat 3 06 AUG 1997 09:44

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Lyubov Kiryukhina-Tsyoma RUS RUS 1:57.18  
2 Donata Mutegwamaso RWA RWA    
3 Natalia Al Farran LBN LBN    
4 Letitia Vriesde SUR SUR 1:56.68 1:57.98
5 Rosa Kutty IND IND    
6 Stella Jongmans NED NED 1:58.95 2:03.44
7 Kathy Harris-Rounds USA USA 2:00.89 2:00.89
8 Dawn Williams-Sewer DMA DMA 1:59.06 2:01.31

Heat 4 06 AUG 1997 09:51

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Charmaine Crooks CAN CAN 1:58.52 2:02.25
2 Yaznee Nasheeda MDV MDV 2:34.18  
3 Joetta Clark-Diggs USA USA 1:58.06 1:58.95
4 Stephanie Graf AUT AUT 2:00.27 2:00.27
5 Maria de Lurdes Mutola MOZ MOZ 1:55.19 1:57.57
6 Petya Strashilova BUL BUL 2:01.04  
7 Nouria Mérah-Benida ALG ALG 2:02.44  
8 Alberta Cape GBS GBS 2:19.84  

Heat 5 06 AUG 1997 09:58

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Yelena Afanasyeva RUS RUS 1:57.38 1:57.38
2 Hasna Benhassi MAR MAR 2:00.48 2:00.48
3 Monika Kinnunen FIN FIN 2:03.64 2:03.64
4 Malgorzata Rydz POL POL 2:01.10  
5 Luciana Mendes BRA BRA 1:58.27 1:59.18
6 Monica Randi SMR SMR 2:14.92i 2:14.92i
7 Iryna Lishchynska UKR UKR 2:02.92 2:02.92
 

 

 

 

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