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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 800m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 3 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 11
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 12)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The pre-race favourites were Borzakovskiy, Bungei and Mulaudzi. Noone had beaten 1:44 in 2005, though the South African had run 1:44.08 in Helsinki two weeks before the championships. The fastest time in the heats fell to 1500m winner Ramzi with 1:46.17. In the semis, Ramzi then ran a pb 1:44.30 just behind Olympic Champion Borzakovskiy. Mulaudzi fell well short of qualifying in the second heat with 1:45.73, beaten by Ali (1:45.35) and Baala (1:45.40). Gary Reed was the surprising winner of the third semi-final in 1:44.30 ahead of co-favourite Bungei. Ali led the final, passing 200 in 24.96, before slowing to 52.48 at the bell. Borzakovskiy, always thought to be at his most dangerous in a slow race, was seventh in 52.7. At 600m, Bungei had moved into the lead (1:18.24), with Ramzi fourth (1:18.4), and Borzakovskiy still in seventh (1:18.9), hemmed in behind Baala. Ramzi moved into the lead early in the home straight, and the tactically naïve Borzakovskiy eventually edged the surprising Yiampoy for silver, with Bungei a further 3m behind. Ramzi subsequently won the Olympic 1500m title in 2008, but was stripped of that title because of a doping violation.

The men's 800 metres at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 11, 12 and 14 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

Belal Mansoor Ali took the field through the first 400 in 52.48. Kicker Yuriy Borzakovskiy went to the back of the pack, but uncharacteristically moved to the front near the end of the first lap. But the entire field was jostling for position, with Wilfred Bungei elbowing his way to the lead and the entire field scrambling for position, and suddenly Borzakovskiy found himself in seventh place again after expending the effort to get a better position. Djabir Saïd-Guerni led the chase through the final turn, with William Yiampoy on his heels. Through the turn, Rashid Ramzi went around the outside, passing Saïd-Guerni as they hit the home stretch. Saïd-Guerni faded allowing Yiampoy to pass him on the inside. Further back Borzakovskiy was dealing with traffic of Mehdi Baala and Ali still in sixth place coming off the final turn. Ramzi easily sprinted past Bungei and on to victory. Bungei was struggling to hold on to second with Yiampoy sneaking through, again on the inside. Borzakovskiy's late rush caught everybody else, passing Yiampoy just before the line but was too late to catch Ramzi. Three years later Ramzi was disqualified from the Olympics on a doping violation, but to date has been allowed to keep his previous medals.

 
  800m 14 August
  Final

Event Report - Men 800m Final

Ramzi doubles up to win the replay of famous final

Twenty-five years on from one of the most memorable of Olympic 800 metres finals, Helsinki staged something of a repeat, with a 1500-metre man taking on the two-lap specialist, and winning.

With the two protagonists from Moscow in 1980, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe, watching from the stands of the Olympic Stadium, Rashid Ramzi, of Bahrain, won his second gold medal of the week, as he out-thought and out-fought Yuri Borzakovski, Russia's Olympic gold medallist.

Ramzi, the 25-year-old former Moroccan, became the first man to win the 800-1500 metres double at the World Championships, as he clocked a lifetime best 1min 44.24 sec, with Borzakovski chasing him down the straight, in vain, to record 1:44.51, just ahead of William Yiampoy (1:44.55), who won the battle of the Kenyans from Wilfred Bungei (1:44.98).

A quarter of a century ago, of course, Coe, now a peer of the realm in Britain, had gone to his first Olympics as the 800m world record-holder, where he was to be pitted against the steely racer, Ovett. In their first clash then, Coe had switched off halfway round the final lap, and Ovett slipped away, never to be caught.

The 2005 replay seemed to replicate so much of the events, this time with the Moscow-based Borzakovski, the gold medallist in Athens, somehow losing contact with the leaders down the back straight and giving himself too much to do once Ramzi had set off for home.

Bungei and Mansoor Ali, the 16-year-old Bahrainian, had been the quickest to the break at 130 metres, and flew through the 200-metre marker in 24.96, and reached the bell in 52.48, with Borzakovski cruising up on the outside, with Mehdi Baala going with him, and Djabir Said-Guerni, the defending champion, moving through the middle of the group to hold third place.

But the Russian drifted back down the backstraight, just at the point when Ramzi was positioning himself to strike.

"I learned from my mistakes in Athens," Ramzi said.

The 600-metre point was reached by Bungei in 1:18.24, with Ramzi at his shoulder and Borzakovski at least eight metres off the pace in seventh.

Once Ramzi hit the home straight, he accelerated to leave the Kenyans in their own private battle in lane one. Outside him, Borzakovski was making a desperate bid to repeat his successful sit-and-wait tactics from the Olympics 12 months ago. But it was all too late.

"I lost the race at the 600-metre mark. I was closed in behind Baala and lost my rhythm," Borzakovski said, ruing what might have been.

1 Rashid Ramzi BRN 17 Jul 80 1.44.24
2 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 12 Apr 81 1.44.51
3 William Yiampoy KEN 15 May 74 1.44.55
4 Wilfred Bungei KEN 24 Jul 80 1.44.98
5 Djabir Saïd-Guerni ALG 29 Mar 77 1.45.31
6 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 1.45.32
7 Bilal Mansour Ali BRN 17 Oct 88 1.45.55
8 Gary Reed CAN 25 Oct 81 1.46.20
  Semifinals 12 August

Event Report - Men 800m Semi Finals

-final of the men's 800 metres: the Olympic champion, the defending World champion, the World 1,500m champion and the African champion.

No, it was not a seeding error, but the inevitable consequence of having three semi-finals, with just the first two plus two fastest losers to go through to Sunday's highly anticipated final.

And yet all four title-holders, namely Yuri Borzakovski, Djabir Said-Guerni, Rashid Ramzi and William Yiampoy, managed to advance, Said-Guerni, the title-winner in Paris in 2003, doing so courtesy of a 1min 44.80sec fourth-place time. Spare a thought for Amine Laalou, of Morocco, "only" fifth in the semi-final here in 1:45.05.

The semi was won by the Russian, Borzakovski. Uncharacteristically, the "head waiter" had moved right up to join the early leader, Khadevis Robinson, before the bell (51.18sec). Yiampoy made his bid for the race with 200 to run, almost catching out Ramzi, who had gone through 400m in seventh place.

Into the straight, and Borzakovski outlasted Ramzi in the final strides, to finish in 1:44.26 to 1:44.30. They will both be glad of a rest on Saturday.

The second semi saw Mehdi Baala, of France, duel with Spain's Antonio Reina down the back straight of the final lap, only for the early leader, teenager Belal Mansoor Ali, to fight back down the home straight for the win, in 1:45.35, ahead of the Frenchman, the Spaniard fading badly. South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, fastest in the world this year, was the principle casualty here, having run 1:45.73 for third.

The third semi-final saw three sunglass-wearing runners stream around the final bend, all knowing that only two of them would survive for the final. Canada's Gary Reed made sure he was one of them, winning in 1:44.33 for a national record, just nipping William Bungei (1:44.41) on the line. Youssef Saad Kamel, of Bahrain, ran inside 1:45, yet did not qualify for what what is n prospect a mouth-watering final.

As a footnote, Britain's James McIlroy was eliminated after the third semi-final after a creditable season's best 1:45.91.

It is worth recording that McIlroy was one of just two British men involved in flat track events between 800 to 10,000m. Twenty-five years on from the "Coe-Ovett Olympics" in Moscow, and 20 years after Steve Cram set his Mile world record, there have been no British men in any distance finals here.

  Heat 1
1 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 12 Apr 81 1.44.26 Q
2 Rashid Ramzi BRN 17 Jul 80 1.44.30 Q
3 William Yiampoy KEN 15 May 74 1.44.51 q
4 Djabir Saïd-Guerni ALG 29 Mar 77 1.44.80 q
5 Amine Laâlou MAR 13 May 82 1.45.05
6 Mohamed Mutlak Al-Azimi KUW 16 Jun 82 1.48.02
7 Eugenio Barrios ESP 3 Nov 76 1.48.76
8 Khadevis Robinson USA 19 Jul 76 1.49.13
  Heat 2
1 Bilal Mansour Ali BRN 17 Oct 88 1.45.35 Q
2 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 1.45.40 Q
3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi RSA 8 Sep 80 1.45.73
4 Paweł Czapiewski POL 30 Mar 78 1.46.33
5 Dmitriy Bogdanov RUS 11 Apr 79 1.46.83
6 Antonio Manuel Reina ESP 13 Jun 81 1.46.89
7 Berhanu Alemu ETH 16 Jul 82 1.47.66
8 Mohammed Al-Salhi KSA 11 May 86 1.47.97
  Heat 3
1 Gary Reed CAN 25 Oct 81 1.44.33 Q
2 Wilfred Bungei KEN 24 Jul 80 1.44.41 Q
3 Youssef Saad Kamel BRN 29 Mar 81 1.44.90
4 René Herms GER 17 Jul 82 1.45.21
5 Mohcine Chehibi MAR 28 Jan 78 1.45.82
6 Sadjad Moradi IRI 30 Mar 83 1.45.88
7 James McIlroy GBR 30 Dec 76 1.45.91
8 David Krummenacker USA 24 May 75 1.46.76
  Heats 11 August

Event Report - Men 800m Heats

Ramzi looking good at the double
 
No man has ever before managed to win medals at 800 and 1500 metres at the same World Championships. Yet Rashid Ramzi, winner of the 1500m on Wednesday night, declared his interest in the two-lap title tonight, with an emphatic 800m heat win.

The winner over the distance in Lausanne earlier this season had had less than 24 hours to recover from his gold medal-winning performance, yet his commanding presence dominated the first of XX 800m heats. Ramzi cruised through to the lead over the final few metres, overtaking Britain's James McIlroy, to clock 1min 46.17sec.

Wilfred Bungei, of Kenya, one of the pre-championship favourites, tried to run a similar race in his heat, tracking the American, Khadevis Robinson, until late in the home straight. But there, Bungei got jumped by the Frenchman, Mehdi Baala, the heat winner in 1:46.57. After a disappointing 1,500m performance, Baala has much to prove.

With three from each heat to proceed, together with the fastest six losers, qualification never looked too tough for the big names at this stage, until heat five, that is.

There, Spain's Antonio Reina controlled the race very effectively from the front, and Gary Reed, Canada's young hope, chased him home, 1:47.14 to 1:47.23, ahead of Amine Laalou, leaving Andre Boucher, the 2001 champion from Switzerland, wallowing in their wake, and left to wait to see if his 1:47.97 would be quick enough to go forward; it was not.

Others that did go through included the gun to tape winner of heat six, Belal Mansoor Ali, the 16-year-old from Bahrain who won the World Youth title at 1500m last month (clocking 1:47.16 here), Olympic gold medallist Yuri Borzakovski (1:50.14, to win heat three, in which defending champion Djabir Said-Guerni (ALG) also qualified in third place), and an easy-looking Youssef Saad Kamel (BRN; 1:47.65 to take heat four).

  Heat 1
1 Rashid Ramzi BRN 17 Jul 80 1.46.17 Q
2 James McIlroy GBR 30 Dec 76 1.46.44 Q
3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi RSA 8 Sep 80 1.46.85 Q
4 René Herms GER 17 Jul 82 1.47.07 q
5 Berhanu Alemu ETH 16 Jul 82 1.47.37 q
6 Osmar dos Santos BRA 20 Oct 68 1.47.74
7 Lee Jae-Hoon KOR 28 Nov 76 1.47.90
8 Tom Omey BEL 24 Apr 75 1.49.62
  Heat 2
1 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 1.46.57 Q
2 Wilfred Bungei KEN 24 Jul 80 1.46.71 Q
3 Khadevis Robinson USA 19 Jul 76 1.46.74 Q
4 Dmitriy Bogdanov RUS 11 Apr 79 1.46.88 q
5 Paweł Czapiewski POL 30 Mar 78 1.46.93 q
6 Mohamed Mutlak Al-Azimi KUW 16 Jun 82 1.47.05 q
7 Moise Joseph HAI 27 Dec 81 1.48.29
8 Yeimer López CUB 20 Aug 82 1.52.24
Geramias da Silva GBS 18 Jan 86 DQ
  Heat 3
1 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS 12 Apr 81 1.50.14 Q
2 William Yiampoy KEN 15 May 74 1.50.14 Q
3 Djabir Saïd-Guerni ALG 29 Mar 77 1.50.16 Q
4 Jason Stewart NZL 21 Nov 81 1.50.35
5 Dmitrijs Miļkevičs LAT 6 Dec 81 1.50.44
6 Fabiano Peçanha BRA 5 Jun 82 1.50.89
7 Paskar Owor UGA 22 Dec 80 1.51.72
8 Rodrigo Trinidad PAR 27 Sep 86 1.55.43
Samuel Mwera Chegere TAN 3 Jun 85 DQ
  Heat 4
1 Youssef Saad Kamel BRN 29 Mar 81 1.47.65 Q
2 David Krummenacker USA 24 May 75 1.47.82 Q
3 Mohcine Chehibi MAR 28 Jan 78 1.48.17 Q
4 Alfred Kirwa Yego KEN 28 Nov 86 1.48.72
5 Arnoud Okken NED 20 Apr 82 1.48.95
6 Fadrique Iglesias BOL 12 Oct 80 1.49.57
7 Onalenna Baloyi BOT 6 May 84 1.50.18
Manuel Olmedo ESP 17 May 83 DNF
  Heat 5
1 Antonio Manuel Reina ESP 13 Jun 81 1.47.14 Q
2 Gary Reed CAN 25 Oct 81 1.47.23 Q
3 Amine Laâlou MAR 13 May 82 1.47.62 Q
4 André Bucher SUI 19 Oct 76 1.47.97
5 Maurizio Bobbato ITA 17 Feb 79 1.48.36
6 Juha Kukkamo FIN 1 Apr 76 1.48.69
7 Sherridan Kirk TTO 11 Feb 81 1.48.77
8 Prince Mumba ZAM 28 Aug 84 1.49.10
  Heat 6
1 Bilal Mansour Ali BRN 17 Oct 88 1.47.16 Q
2 Sadjad Moradi IRI 30 Mar 83 1.47.18 Q
3 Mohammed Al-Salhi KSA 11 May 86 1.47.27 Q
4 Eugenio Barrios ESP 3 Nov 76 1.47.53 q
5 Achraf Tadili CAN 8 Jul 80 1.48.42
6 Rizak Dirshe SWE 5 Jan 72 1.48.43
7 Kevin Hicks USA 7 Nov 84 1.50.00
Majid Saeed Sultan QAT 3 Nov 86 DQ

Heat 1 11 AUG 2005 20:20

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 113 Rashid Ramzi BRN BRN 1:44.73 1:44.73
2 863 Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD SUD 1:45.17 1:45.32
3 103 Osmar dos Santos BRA BRA 1:44.87 1:45.36
4 394 René Herms GER GER 1:44.14 1:44.71
5 790 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi RSA RSA 1:42.89 1:44.08
6 261 Berhanu Alemu ETH ETH 1:45.28 1:53.44i
7 362 James McIlroy GBR GBR 1:45.30 1:46.27
8 581 Jae-hoon Lee KOR KOR 1:46.24 1:47.38
8 61 Tom Omey BEL BEL 1:45.75 1:46.60

Heat 2 11 AUG 2005 20:28

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 178 Yeimer López CUB CUB 1:46.61 1:46.61
2 801 Dmitriy Bogdanov RUS RUS 1:45.12 1:45.30
3 719 Pawel Czapiewski POL POL 1:43.22 1:45.39
4 308 Mehdi Baala FRA FRA 1:43.15 1:44.74
5 553 Wilfred Bungei KEN KEN 1:42.34 1:44.11
6 1022 Khadevis Robinson USA USA 1:44.41 1:44.70
7 593 Mohammad Al-Azemi KUW KUW 1:45.25 1:47.36
8 368 Geramias Da Silva GBS GBS 1:56.21 1:56.21
8 429 Moise Joseph HAI HAI 1:45.74 1:46.25

Heat 3 11 AUG 2005 20:36

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 703 Jason Stewart NZL NZL 1:46.19 1:46.19
2 573 William Yiampoy KEN KEN 1:42.91 1:44.67
3 600 Dmitrijs Milkevics LAT LAT 1:44.74 1:44.74
4 803 Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS RUS 1:42.47 1:44.18
5 108 Fabiano Peçanha BRA BRA 1:45.40 1:45.40
6 14 Djabir Saïd-Guerni ALG ALG 1:43.09 1:46.64
7 904 Samwel Mwera TAN TAN 1:45.28 1:45.28
8 935 Paskar Owor UGA UGA 1:46.37 1:50.54i
8 710 Rodrigo Trinidad PAR PAR 1:53.19 1:53.19

Heat 4 11 AUG 2005 20:44

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 90 Onalenna Baloyi BOT BOT 1:46.06 1:46.06
2 1001 David Krummenacker USA USA 1:43.92 1:45.19
3 242 Manuel Olmedo ESP ESP 1:45.30 1:45.48
4 112 Yusuf Saad Kamel BRN BRN 1:43.11 1:44.26
5 82 Fadrique Iglesias BOL BOL 1:48.76 1:48.76
6 624 Mouhssin Chehibi MAR MAR 1:44.62 1:44.92
7 572 Alfred Kirwa Yego KEN KEN 1:44.45 1:44.45
8 670 Arnoud Okken NED NED 1:45.64 1:46.27i

Heat 5 11 AUG 2005 20:52

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 137 Gary Reed CAN CAN 1:44.54 1:44.54
2 1053 Prince Mumba ZAM ZAM 1:47.01 1:47.01
3 291 Juha Kukkamo FIN FIN 1:46.68 1:46.68
4 632 Amine Laalou MAR MAR 1:43.68 1:44.22
5 245 Antonio Manuel Reina ESP ESP 1:43.83 1:44.80
6 919 Sherridan Kirk TTO TTO 1:45.43 1:45.43
7 867 André Bucher SUI SUI 1:42.55 1:45.20
8 457 Maurizio Bobbato ITA ITA 1:46.15 1:46.15

Heat 6 11 AUG 2005 21:00

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 993 Kevin Hicks USA USA 1:44.94 1:44.94
2 219 Eugenio Barrios ESP ESP 1:45.19 1:45.19
3 583 Mohammed Obaid Al-Salhi KSA KSA 1:44.39 1:44.39
4 441 Sajad Moradi IRI IRI 1:46.07 1:47.07
5 111 Belal Ali Mansoor BRN BRN 1:44.34 1:44.34
6 882 Rizak Dirshe SWE SWE 1:45.45 1:47.34
7 140 Achraf Tadili CAN CAN 1:45.05 1:45.65
8 771 Majed Saeed Sultan QAT QAT 1:45.25 1:45.58

 

 

 

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