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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

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

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 6)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 7)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Benhassi was a marginal favourite, having won six of her eight races prior to Helsinki and never finishing worse than second. The first semifinal saw Clark lead through 400m in 58.82, and come out on top in 1:59.00 ahead of Chzao, with Mutola and Martínez having to wait to find out if they would qualify as fastest losers. Forty year-old Vriesde led the second race at a sensible pace (59.11 at 400m), before Sinclair eased into the lead. Calatayúd went to the front with 150m to go, easily holding off Cherkasova in 1:57.92, with Sinclair fourth in 1:59.45. The third semi was won in an inexplicably slow 2:01.35 by Andrianova from Benhassi. Mutola led the final through 200m in 28.42, before Calatayúd moved alongside at the bell, reached in a slow 60.72.
 Andrianova came up on the inside and Mutola caught an elbow as the Russian and Cuban went past at the 600m mark (1:30.75). Calatayúd cut loose with 90m to go and won as she pleased by five metres, with Benhassi moving from sixth at 650m to second place. Andrianova held off Mutola for third. The remarkable Mozambique woman finished fourth or better for the seventh time! In October 2015, the All-Russia Athletic Federation declared that a re-analysis of Andrianova’s sample from Helsinki was found to contain traces of a prohibited substance, it banned her and disqualified her results for two years starting with and including her world 800m bronze. Andrianova appealed against this punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who in 2016 ruled in her favour. Their grounds were that the rules in force in 2005 required that any anti-doping rule violation charge needed to be made no later than eight years from the date of the sample collection. The 10 years which had passed were therefore beyond the statute of limitations then in force.
 
 
  800m 9 August
  Final

Event Report - Women 800 m Final

Calatyud wins in Cuban style

Zulia Calatyud evoked memories of the great Cuban champion Ana Quirot as she effortlessly destroyed a world class field to win the women’s 800m final on a rain-soaked track this evening.

The 25 year-old produced a perfectly controlled, beautifully judged display of middle distance running to inflict defeat on reigning double world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique and a trio of much-fancied Russians who have blown away almost everyone else on the circuit this year.

Quirot, the world champion in 1995 and 1997, could not have run better than this. Calatyud’s winning time, 1:58.82, was slower than either of her compatriot’s victories but the manner of her performance was every bit as impressive Quirot’s 10 years ago when she returned from a serious domestic accident to win her first world title.

Calatyud has twice been an Olympic finalist, but she’s never looked this good. Left in her wake were Morocco’s Olympic silver medallist Hasna Benhassi and Russia’s Tatyana Andrianova who has been the world’s leading two-lap runner all year.

Benhassi now has another piece of silver to add to her collection as she came second in 1:59.42. Andrianova took the bronze in 1:59.60, fading in the straight but holding off Mutola who finished fourth, just as she did in Athens last summer.

By her own admission Mutola hasn’t been at her best this year as her form’s been hampered by injuries. But it was she who took on the early pace, leading the field through 200m in 28.42 with Calatyud on her shoulder and Andrianova plus USA’s Hazel Clark sitting just behind.

The same two led through the bell in 60.72 as all eight athletes were closely bunched. No one made a move until half way down the back straight where, as Mutola drifted out to counter the challenge of Calatyud, Andrianova squeezed through on the inside.

Benhassi, who’d sat at the back for most of the race, began to move up as the Cuban started her attack. Winding up the pace slowly, she led through 600m as Mutola was swallowed by the Moroccan and the Russian. It looked like she was finished, but Mutola hasn’t won three world titles without knowing how to fight.

Calatyud stretched again around the bend and began to pull away as they entered the straight. Briefly, it seemed Andrianova was closing the gap but Calatyud had much in reserve.

Looking totally relaxed, she opened her legs again 80 metres from the line and pulled away. While the rest were fighting and struggling behind her, she seemed to float over the wet surface and crossed the line with more than half a second to spare.

Mutola, having looked out of it at 600m, fought her way through for fourth, missing her sixth world championship medal by 0.11 seconds.

All that remained for Calatyud was to enjoy her lap of honour and receive the congratulations of Cuba’s 1976 Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena – a fitting tribute for such a fine performance.

1 Zulia Calatayud CUB 9 Nov 79 1.58.82
2 Hasna Benhassi MAR 1 Jun 78 1.59.42
3 Tatyana Andrianova RUS 10 Dec 79 1.59.60
4 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.59.71
5 Mayte Martínez ESP 17 May 76 1.59.99
6 Larisa Chzhao RUS 4 Feb 71 2.00.25
7 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS 20 May 78 2.00.71
8 Hazel Clark USA 3 Oct 77 2.01.52
  Semifinals 7 August

Event Report - Women 800 m Semi Final

Clark, Calatayud and Andrianova Win Semis. Mutola in Final

With only two certain to qualify there was no room for error and in semi-final one Hazel Clark USA and Larisa Chzao RUS made sure with defending champion Maria Mutola MOZ in third, going through as one of the fastest qualifiers.

At the bell the American led in a swift 58.82sec and held on for a hard fought victory. With 80m to go it looked as though Mutola might creep past up the inside, but Clark reacted in time to hold her off in 1:59.00, Chzao just seven hundredths down with Mutola (1:59.29) and Spain’s Mayte Martinez (1:59.40) both going through as the two fastest losers.

Zulia Calatayud CUB confirmed her season’s form with an untroubled victory in semi-final two as she sped away from fancied Russian Svetlana Cherkassova. Calatayud clocked the fastest time going into the final of 1:57.92 with Charkassova’s 1:58.58 second fastest.

Season’s leader Tatyana Andrianova RUS powered though to take semi-final three in the slowest of the three heats, 2:01.35, with Hasna Benhassi MAR doing the minimum to ensure her place in the final (2:01.59).

  Heat 1
1 Hazel Clark USA 3 Oct 77 1.59.00 Q
2 Larisa Chzhao RUS 4 Feb 71 1.59.07 Q
3 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 1.59.29 q
4 Mayte Martínez ESP 17 May 76 1.59.40 q
5 Amina Aït Hammou MAR 18 Jul 78 2.00.22
6 Mihaela Neacşu ROU 3 May 79 2.00.63
7 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK 20 Nov 83 2.00.64
8 Susan Scott GBR 26 Sep 77 2.01.17
  Heat 2
1 Zulia Calatayud CUB 9 Nov 79 1.57.92 Q
2 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS 20 May 78 1.58.58 Q
3 Kenia Sinclair JAM 14 Jul 80 1.59.45
4 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.00.10
5 Agnes Samaria NAM 11 Aug 72 2.00.13
6 Alice Schmidt USA 3 Oct 81 2.01.43
7 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 2.02.07
8 Monika Merl GER 21 Sep 79 2.02.09
  Heat 3
1 Tatyana Andrianova RUS 10 Dec 79 2.01.35
2 Hasna Benhassi MAR 1 Jun 78 2.01.59 Q
3 Laetitia Valdonado FRA 4 Aug 77 2.01.90
4 Ewelina Sętowska-Dryk POL 5 Mar 80 2.02.02
5 Sviatlana Usovich BLR 14 Oct 80 2.02.34
6 Tetyana Petlyuk UKR 22 Feb 82 2.02.46
7 Michelle Ballentine JAM 31 Aug 75 2.03.98
Kameisha Bennett-Martin USA 13 Jan 81 DNF
  Heats 6 August

Event Report -Women 800m Heats

All three Russians qualified in first place in heats three, four and five for an impressive show of strength led by the round’s fastest, Svetlana Cherkassova, on 2:00.62. World leader Tatiana Andrianova was in involved in the slowest heat, winning in 2:06.38. Defending champion, Maria Mutola of Mozambique, got through safely as did the American champion Hazel Clark.

In heat one, with four to qualify and the four fastest to go through, American champion Hazel Clark made no mistakes. Leading from the front she went through the bell in 62.11 to win in 2:01.91. Jamaica’s Kenia Sinclair followed her through while Morocco’s Mina Ait Hammou produced her trademark burst to qualify in third with Namibia’s Agnes Samaria on her shoulder.

Cuban hope Zulia Calatayud took the second heat in 2:00.77 from Morocco’s Olympic silver medallist Hasna Benhassi. Game Briton Susan Scott led at the bell in 61.34 and held on to claim the last qualifying position behind the USA trials runner-up Kameisha Bennett.

The third, and slowest, heat was won by the season’s world leader, Tatiana Andrianova of Russia, in 2:06.38. Taken through the bell by the USA’s Alice Schmidt in 64.82, Andrianova bided her time until the final straight when she pulled away to win by ten metres from Schmidt with Spain’s Mayte Martinez and Poland’s Ewelina Setowska claiming the remaining qualifying spots.

Paris grand prix winner, Russia’s Svetlana Cherkasova, won the fourth heat in 2:00.62, the fastest of the morning, after an opening lap by France’s Letitia Valdonado of 60.29.

Russia continued her winning streak with Larisa Chzhao taking the third heat in 2:00.64. Defending champion, Maria Mutola, opted to stay out of trouble at the back of the pack until the final straight when she fought through for second. Jamaican Michelle Ballantine and Romania’s Mihaela Stancescu-Neacsu were third and fourth.

  Heat 1
1 Hazel Clark USA 3 Oct 77 2.01.91 Q
2 Kenia Sinclair JAM 14 Jul 80 2.02.18 Q
3 Amina Aït Hammou MAR 18 Jul 78 2.02.36 Q
4 Agnes Samaria NAM 11 Aug 72 2.02.46 Q
5 Neisha Bernard-Thomas GRN 21 Jan 81 2.02.50
6 Brigita Langerholc SLO 23 Jul 76 2.03.06
7 Binnaz Uslu TUR 12 Mar 85 2.03.73
8 Marlyse Nsourou GAB 27 Feb 87 2.14.47
  Heat 2
1 Zulia Calatayud CUB 9 Nov 79 2.00.77 Q
2 Hasna Benhassi MAR 1 Jun 78 2.00.77 Q
3 Kameisha Bennett-Martin USA 13 Jan 81 2.01.78 Q
4 Susan Scott GBR 26 Sep 77 2.02.00 Q
5 Teodora Kolarova BUL 29 May 81 2.02.45
6 Miho Sato JPN 14 Apr 78 2.02.82
7 Marcela Britos URU 26 Feb 85 2.10.21
8 Markabo Djama Liban DJI 84 2.50.95
  Heat 3
1 Tatyana Andrianova RUS 10 Dec 79 2.06.38
2 Alice Schmidt USA 3 Oct 81 2.07.10 Q
3 Alice Schmidt USA 3 Oct 81 2.07.34 Q
4 Ewelina Sętowska-Dryk POL 5 Mar 80 2.07.37 Q
5 Myint Myint Aye MYA 8 Sep 88 2.08.50
6 Marian Burnett GUY 22 Feb 76 2.09.88
  Heat 4
1 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS 20 May 78 2.00.62 Q
2 Laetitia Valdonado FRA 4 Aug 77 2.00.87 Q
3 Sviatlana Usovich BLR 14 Oct 80 2.01.09 Q
4 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK 20 Nov 83 2.01.63 Q
5 Tetyana Petlyuk UKR 22 Feb 82 2.01.78 q
6 Sultana Aït Hammou MAR 10 May 80 2.02.16
7 Elisa Cusma Piccione ITA 24 Jul 81 2.05.95
8 Gulnaz Ara PAK 1 Apr 81 2.13.87
  Heat 5
1 Larisa Chzhao RUS 4 Feb 71 2.00.64 Q
2 Maria Mutola MOZ 27 Oct 72 2.00.71 Q
3 Michelle Ballentine JAM 31 Aug 75 2.01.05 Q
4 Mihaela Neacşu ROU 3 May 79 2.01.35 Q
5 Monika Merl GER 21 Sep 79 2.01.56 q
6 Letitia Vriesde SUR 5 Oct 64 2.01.65 q
7 Diane Cummins CAN 19 Jan 74 2.01.71 q

Heat 1 06 AUG 2005 12:55

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 482 Mina Aït Hammou MAR MAR 1:57.82 2:00.09
2 782 Hazel Clark USA USA 1:57.99 1:57.99
3 338 Neisha Bernard-Thomas GRN GRN 2:01.07 2:01.07
4 689 Brigita Langerholc SLO SLO 1:58.51 2:01.41
5 736 Binnaz Uslu TUR TUR 2:00.94 2:02.68
6 416 Kenia Sinclair JAM JAM 1:58.88 1:58.88
7 260 Marlyse Nsourou GAB GAB 2:12.35  
8 507 Agnes Samaria NAM NAM 1:59.15 1:59.91

Heat 2 06 AUG 2005 13:04

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 85 Teodora Kolarova BUL BUL 2:01.14 2:01.14
2 777 Kameisha Bennett USA USA 1:59.99 1:59.99
3 147 Zulia Calatayud CUB CUB 1:56.09 1:58.07
4 442 Miho Sato JPN JPN 2:00.45 2:00.45
5 484 Hasna Benhassi MAR MAR 1:56.43 1:58.41
6 284 Susan Scott GBR GBR 1:59.30 2:01.23
7 772 Marcela Britos URU URU 2:09.07 2:09.07
8 171 Markabo Djama Liban DJI DJI 2:44.5 2:44.5

Heat 3 06 AUG 2005 13:13

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 4 Nahida Touhami ALG ALG 1:59.65 2:01.96
3 189 Mayte Martínez ESP ESP 1:58.29 1:59.44
4 506 Myint Myint Aye MYA MYA 2:01.8 2:01.8
5 614 Tatyana Andrianova RUS RUS 1:56.07 1:56.07
6 824 Alice Schmidt USA USA 1:59.29 1:59.29
7 566 Ewelina Setowska-Dryk POL POL 2:00.71 2:00.71
8 343 Marian Burnett GUY GUY 1:59.47 2:00.59

Heat 4 06 AUG 2005 13:22

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 47 Sviatlana Usovich BLR BLR 1:58.17 1:58.17
2 754 Tetiana Petlyuk UKR UKR 1:59.48 2:01.86i
3 702 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová SVK SVK 2:00.60 2:01.65
4 258 Laetitia Valdonado FRA FRA 1:59.35 1:59.54
5 483 Seltana Aït Hammou MAR MAR 1:59.74 2:00.54
6 541 Gulnaz Ara PAK PAK 2:09.49  
7 620 Svetlana Cherkasova RUS RUS 1:56.93 1:56.93
8 376 Elisa Cusma Piccione ITA ITA 2:00.96 2:00.96

Heat 5 06 AUG 2005 13:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 93 Diane Cummins CAN CAN 1:58.39 2:00.52
2 317 Akosua Serwaa GHA GHA 1:59.60 2:07.20i
3 395 Michelle Ballentine JAM JAM 1:59.92 2:01.47
4 624 Larisa Chzhao RUS RUS 1:57.33 1:57.33
5 700 Letitia Vriesde SUR SUR 1:56.68 2:02.18
6 597 Mihaela Neacsu ROU ROU 1:59.78 1:59.78
7 504 Maria de Lurdes Mutola MOZ MOZ 1:55.19 1:58.49i
8 299 Monika Gradzki Merl GER GER 2:00.96 2:01.00

 

 

 

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