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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Women's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 24, 1980 Format: Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 27, 1980  
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 17; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF   1980_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Olizarenko broke the world record in June with 1:54.85, and also had pre-Olympic runs of 50.96 for 400m and 3:56.8 for 1500m, making her a very strong favourite. Her teammates were faster in the early going, with Providokhina clocking 1:58.44 in the heats as compared with Olizarenko’s 1:59.23, and Mineyeva running 1:57.50 to win the first semi-final while the favourite ran 1:57.69 to take the other heat. In the final Olizarenko went straight to the front, zipping through 200m in 27.2 (1:48.8 pace) with last place no more than 0.5 seconds behind. The relatively short Olizarenko (1.65) was trailed by the tall (1.78) cadaverous Mineyeva until the final curve, when Olizarenko’s potent mix of speed and stamina, carried her clear of her teammate. She won by a full 10m, breaking her own world record by 1.42 seconds. All of the top six set personal bests, with Mineyeva becoming the second fastest of all-time.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The American-led boycott had little effect on this race as all the top runners were from the USSR or East Germany. In fact the top five finishers in this event would come from those two nations, with the Soviet Union sweeping the medals. Nadezhda Olizarenko was favored, having placed second at the 1978 Europeans (as Mushta), and equalling the world record with 1:54.9 at a meet in Moskva in June 1980. The 1978 European Champion was also a Soviet, Tatyana Providokhina. At the Olympics, Olizarenko wasted no time, moving into the lead with a fast first lap of 27.2 and 56.2. The field was still close at that time, but she then added 28.5 for the third 200 and dropped everybody but Olga Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva. Finishing strongly (last 200 in 28.8) gave her the gold medal and a world record of 1:53.43, with Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva getting silver, and Providokhina the bronze.
 
 
        Results        
 
800 m Women     Final 27 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.53.43     Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union URS 28 Nov 53 NR WR
2 1.54.81     Olga Mineyeva Soviet Union URS 1 Sep 52 NR
3 1.55.46     Tatyana Providokhina Soviet Union URS 26 Mar 53  
4 1.56.21     Martina Kämpfert East Germany GDR 11 Nov 59  
5 1.57.20     Hildegard Ullrich East Germany GDR 20 Dec 59  
6 1.58.25     Jolanta Januchta Poland POL 16 Jan 55  
7 1.58.71     Nikolina Shtereva Bulgaria BUL 21 Jan 55  
8 1.59.12     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
800 m Women     Semifinal 1 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.57.50     Olga Mineyeva Soviet Union URS 1 Sep 52  
2 1.58.03     Martina Kämpfert East Germany GDR 11 Nov 59  
3 1.58.23     Tatyana Providokhina Soviet Union URS 26 Mar 53  
4 1.58.87     Nikolina Shtereva Bulgaria BUL 21 Jan 55  
5 1.58.94     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
6 2.00.72     Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56  
7 2.01.08     Elzbieta Katolik Poland POL 9 Jan 49  
8 2.01.99     Anne-Marie Van Nuffel Belgium BEL 22 May 56  
800 m Women     Semifinal 2 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.57.69     Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union URS 28 Nov 53  
2 1.58.61     Hildegard Ullrich East Germany GDR 20 Dec 59  
3 1.58.84     Jolanta Januchta Poland POL 16 Jan 55  
4 1.59.11     Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51  
5 1.59.84     Vesela Yatsinska Bulgaria BUL 16 Jan 51  
6 1.59.97     Totka Petrova Bulgaria BUL 17 Dec 56  
7 2.00.23     Anna Bukis Poland POL 8 Sep 53  
8 2.00.89     Christina Cahill Great Britain GBR 25 Mar 57  
800 m Women     Heat 1 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.37     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
2 2.01.45     Olga Mineyeva Soviet Union URS 1 Sep 52  
3 2.01.84     Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56  
4 2.02.06     Christina Cahill Great Britain GBR 25 Mar 57  
5 2.05.15     Mwinga Mwanjala Tanzania TAN 13 Jan 60  
6 2.06.53     Geeta Zutshi India IND 2 Dec 56  
7 2.08.62     Fantaye Sirak Ethiopia ETH 17 Dec 63  
800 m Women     Heat 2 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.59.23     Nadezhda Olizarenko Soviet Union URS 28 Nov 53  
2 1.59.64     Jolanta Januchta Poland POL 16 Jan 55  
3 1.59.83     Vesela Yatsinska Bulgaria BUL 16 Jan 51  
4 2.00.02     Anne-Marie Van Nuffel Belgium BEL 22 May 56  
5 2.10.70     Daniela Porcelli Italy ITA 15 Oct 61  
6 2.11.67     Albertine Raheliarisoa Madagascar MAD 15 Jun 61  
7 2.16.94     Margaret Morel Seychelles SEY 19 Feb 58  
800 m Women     Heat 3 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.58.44     Tatyana Providokhina Soviet Union URS 26 Mar 53  
2 1.58.73     Martina Kämpfert East Germany GDR 11 Nov 59  
3 1.58.83     Nikolina Shtereva Bulgaria BUL 21 Jan 55  
4 1.58.90     Anna Bukis Poland POL 8 Sep 53  
5 2.04.01     Agnese Possamai Italy ITA 17 Jan 53  
6 2.19.80     Fatalmoudou Toure Mali MLI 63  
800 m Women     Heat 4 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.00.10     Hildegard Ullrich East Germany GDR 20 Dec 59  
2 2.00.13     Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51  
3 2.00.53     Totka Petrova Bulgaria BUL 17 Dec 56  
4 2.01.13     Elzbieta Katolik Poland POL 9 Jan 49  
5 2.11.05     Lilian Nyiti Tanzania TAN 59  
6 2.17.59     Hala el Moughrabi Syria SYR 6 Jun 59  
7 2.19.70     Acacia Mate Mozambique MOZ    
8 2.33.40     Eugenia Osho-Williams Sierra Leone SLE 19 Jan 61  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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