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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1984 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 6, 1984 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest five advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 69; Countries: 55; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF   1984_olympic_stadium.jpg 
For only the second time, four rounds were required to crown a new champion. Coe was the fastest in round 1 with 1:45.71, while Koech was the quickest in the quarter-finals with a personal best of 1:44.74. Koech led through 400m in semi-final 1 in 49.56 from the 1.88 tall Cruz. The long striding Brazilian won in 1:43.82 from Koech’s 1:44.12, with new US talent Jones third ahead of Steve Ovett. The defending champion clocked 1:44.81 just ahead of Sudan’s Omer Khalifa (1:44.87) after an excessive effort which presaged his later collapse with respiratory problems. Coe won the other semi, a more tactical affair, in 1:45.51. Koech led from the gun in the final, passing 200m in 24.1 before the usual slowing in the second furlong. Koech still led at 600m in 1:17.8, with Cruz always in attendance no more than 0.1 behind, followed by Coe and Jones. Cruz attacked with just under 100m to go, and his strike was decisive. Coe could do nothing about Cruz’s widening lead, but held off Jones by 2m for the silver medal, and crossed the line shrugging his shoulders as if to say (as he later did) “I have no complaints ... [Cruz] is a supreme champion.” Running 1:43.00 in his fourth race in just over three days was a superlative effort, the third fastest performance all-time.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorites were Brazil's Joaquim Cruz and the 1980 silver medalist, Briton Sebastian Coe. Coe was the world record holder, having run 1:41.73 in Firenze in 1981. He was almost unmatched running against the clock but his tactical record in major races was his downfall. Defending champion Steve Ovett was also back and made the final, but was suffering from a respiratory ailment in Los Angeles and never factored in the race. Kenya's Edwin Koech took the early lead and held it thru 600 metres, passing the bell in 51.1. Cruz and Coe were on his shoulder in the final curve and Cruz attacked first, taking the lead at the head of the stretch and Coe could never recover, Cruz widening his lead to five metres at the line. Cruz almost broke Coe's world record in August 1985 in Köln, Germany, running 1:41.77. Coe would end his career winning only one major international race at 800 metres, the 1986 European Championship.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:41.73 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Florence (ITA) June 10, 1981
Olympic Record 1:43.50 Cuba Alberto Juantorena Montreal (CAN) July 25, 1976

In the final Joaquim Cruz set a new Olympic record with 1:43.00 minutes.

 
        Results        
With four notable front runners in the race the battle to the break was important. Edwin Koech on the far outside and Joaquim Cruz went out hard around the first turn, with Earl Jones and Johnny Gray to to the inside. Cruz, Jones and Gray converged at the same spot, Gray getting the short end of the stick and suddenly losing ground to the back of the field, then Koech converged from the outside, closing the door on Cruz and Jones, with Cruz edging ahead of Jones as contact was made causing Cruz to jump 200 metres into the race. The lead group was marked by British rivals, defending champion Steve Ovett and world record holder Sebastian Coe. They held that order through the next 200 metres, only upset by Gray long striding along the outside up to Coe's shoulder. Gray's added speed seemed to force the leaders to run faster to stay ahead of him, while Ovett withered out the back of the field. With 200 to go Gray seemed to tighten up, frustrated that his hard effort only netted him fifth place. Through the turn, Cruz inched closer to Koech, still marked by Coe and Jones. When Cruz pounced coming off the turn, Koech wilted, outside of him Coe and Jones were in a shoulder to shoulder sprint battle. Cruz had won the war, sprinting away to a clear 5 metre victory. Coe was able to make a slight gain on Jones to take silver. Jones still held off a late charge by Billy Konchellah for bronze.
800 m Men     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.43.00     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
2 1.43.64     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
3 1.43.83     Earl Jones United States USA 17 Jul 64  
4 1.44.03     Billy Konchellah Kenya KEN 20 Oct 62  
5 1.44.53     Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63  
6 1.44.86     Edwin Koech Kenya KEN 23 Jul 61  
7 1.47.89     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
8 1.52.28     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
800 m Men     Semifinal 1 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.43.82     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
2 1.44.12     Edwin Koech Kenya KEN 23 Jul 61  
3 1.44.51     Earl Jones United States USA 17 Jul 64  
4 1.44.81     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
5 1.44.87     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
6 1.45.03     Moussa Fall Senegal SEN 28 Aug 63  
7 1.47.32     William Wuycke Venezuela VEN 21 May 58  
  DNS     Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62  
800 m Men     Semifinal 2 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.51     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
2 1.45.67     Billy Konchellah Kenya KEN 20 Oct 62  
3 1.45.82     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
4 1.45.96     Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63  
5 1.46.16     Hans-Peter Ferner West Germany FRG 6 Jun 56  
6 1.46.60     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
7 1.48.06     Juma N'diwa Kenya KEN 28 Nov 60  
8 1.48.70     José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61  
800 m Men     Heat 1 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.44.74     Edwin Koech Kenya KEN 23 Jul 61  
2 1.44.90     Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63  
3 1.45.18     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
4 1.45.49     Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62  
5 1.45.67     Faouzi Lahbi Morocco MAR 2 Mar 58  
6 1.45.71     Babacar Niang Senegal SEN 9 Sep 58  
7 1.46.34     Sotirios Moutsanas Greece GRE 2 Jan 58  
  DNS     Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58  
800 m Men     Heat 2 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.15     Billy Konchellah Kenya KEN 20 Oct 62  
2 1.46.33     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
3 1.46.75     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
4 1.46.87     José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61  
5 1.47.18     John Marshall United States USA 5 Nov 63  
6 1.47.90     Riccardo Materazzi Italy ITA 15 Jun 63  
7 1.48.11     Ahmed Belkessam Algeria ALG 27 Mar 62  
8 1.48.30     Marco Mayr Switzerland SUI 19 Jul 60  
800 m Men     Heat 3 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.44.84     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
2 1.45.72     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
3 1.45.82     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
4 1.46.17     William Wuycke Venezuela VEN 21 May 58  
5 1.46.49     Abdi Bile Somalia SOM 28 Dec 62  
6 1.46.74     Owen Hamilton Jamaica JAM 21 Apr 58  
7 1.47.40     Pat Scammell Australia AUS 15 Apr 61  
8 1.49.72     Bruce Roberts Canada CAN 3 Nov 57  
800 m Men     Heat 4 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.44     Earl Jones United States USA 17 Jul 64  
2 1.45.52     Hans-Peter Ferner West Germany FRG 6 Jun 56  
3 1.45.59     Juma N'diwa Kenya KEN 28 Nov 60  
4 1.45.71     Moussa Fall Senegal SEN 28 Aug 63  
5 1.45.78     Mohamed Alouini Tunisia TUN 19 Oct 57 NR
6 1.46.21     Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61  
7 1.46.97     Oslen Barr Guyana GUY 3 Apr 61  
8 1.48.95     Philippe Dupont France FRA 31 May 58  
800 m Men     Heat 1 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.90     Babacar Niang Senegal SEN 9 Sep 58  
2 1.46.92     Abdi Bile Somalia SOM 28 Dec 62  
3 1.47.04     Donato Sabia Italy ITA 11 Sep 63  
4 1.47.32     Sotirios Moutsanas Greece GRE 2 Jan 58  
5 1.48.17     Joseph Ramutshabi Botswana BOT 6 Jan 60  
6 1.51.73     Andre Titos Mozambique MOZ 19 Feb 58  
7 1.53.08     Samuel Sawny Grenada GRN    
8 1.56.72     Jodha Gurung Nepal NEP 14 Jul 54  
800 m Men     Heat 2 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.71     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
2 1.45.81     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
3 1.46.00     Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58  
4 1.46.03     Riccardo Materazzi Italy ITA 15 Jun 63  
5 1.46.85     Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61  
6 1.48.84     Archfel Musango Zambia ZAM 9 Mar 59  
7 1.54.06     Leopoldo Acosta Ecuador ECU 27 Jun 62  
8 1.57.09     Manlio Molinari San Marino SMR 24 Aug 64  
800 m Men     Heat 3 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.95     Owen Hamilton Jamaica JAM 21 Apr 58  
2 1.47.91     Moussa Fall Senegal SEN 28 Aug 63  
3 1.47.99     John Marshall United States USA 5 Nov 63  
4 1.48.64     Jama Mohamed Aden Somalia SOM 62  
5 1.49.95     Peter Pearless New Zealand NZL 4 Jun 57  
6 1.54.19     Alberto Lopez Guatemala GUA 18 Feb 63  
  DQ     Thomas Dlamini Swaziland SWZ 23 Jul 58  
800 m Men     Heat 4 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.75     Earl Jones United States USA 17 Jul 64  
2 1.47.81     Faouzi Lahbi Morocco MAR 2 Mar 58  
3 1.48.09     Philippe Dupont France FRA 31 May 58  
4 1.48.92     Axel Harries West Germany FRG 19 Sep 64  
5 1.53.89     Mouteb Al-Faouri Jordan JOR 1 Mar 60  
6 1.54.86     Ibrahim Aziz United Arab Emirates UAE 59  
  DQ     Kim Bok-Yoo South Korea KOR 17 Oct 60  
800 m Men     Heat 5 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.66     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
2 1.46.66     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
3 1.47.65     Oslen Barr Guyana GUY 3 Apr 61  
4 1.48.01     Benjamín González Spain ESP 12 Apr 58  
5 1.48.19     Batumalai Rajakumar Malaysia MAS 10 Dec 64  
6 1.51.25     Isaac Ganunga Malawi MAW 10 Dec 59  
7 1.52.22     Francisco Figueredo Paraguay PAR 12 Aug 60  
8 1.53.31     Siegfried Cruden Suriname SUR 28 Nov 59  
800 m Men     Heat 6 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.19     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
2 1.47.24     Pat Scammell Australia AUS 15 Apr 61  
3 1.47.36     Marco Mayr Switzerland SUI 19 Jul 60  
4 1.47.51     Ahmed Belkessam Algeria ALG 27 Mar 62  
5 1.51.29     Syed Meesaq Rizvi Pakistan PAK 23 Jan 62  
6 1.54.80     Wilson Amakye Ghana GHA 25 Sep 59  
7 2.04.89     Philip Sinon Seychelles SEY 21 Sep 63  
800 m Men     Heat 7 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.11     Edwin Koech Kenya KEN 23 Jul 61  
2 1.47.55     Hans-Peter Ferner West Germany FRG 6 Jun 56  
3 1.47.72     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
4 1.47.90     Mark Handelsman Israel ISR 9 Jun 61  
5 1.53.23     Jeremy Molyneaux British Virgin Islands IVB 13 Apr 58  
6 1.53.23     Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa Rwanda RWA 13 Jul 53  
7 2.17.29     Bartelome Esono Equatorial Guinea GEQ 25 May 63  
  DQ     Moussa Daweye Niger NIG 58  
800 m Men     Heat 8 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.73     Juma N'diwa Kenya KEN 28 Nov 60  
2 1.46.88     William Wuycke Venezuela VEN 21 May 58  
3 1.47.20     Mohamed Alouini Tunisia TUN 19 Oct 57  
4 1.47.74     Simon Hoogewerf Canada CAN 11 May 63  
5 1.49.59     Tapfumanei Jonga Zimbabwe ZIM 13 Nov 59  
6 1.53.22     Charlie Oliver Solomon Islands SOL 9 Jul 55  
7 2.00.38     Barakat Al-Sharji Oman OMA 5 Aug 67  
8 2.05.90     Abdul Al-Ghadi Yemen YEM 26 Sep 62  
800 m Men     Heat 9 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.27     Billy Konchellah Kenya KEN 20 Oct 62  
2 1.46.98     Peter Elliott Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 62  
3 1.47.12     José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61  
4 1.47.56     Bruce Roberts Canada CAN 3 Nov 57  
5 1.51.52     Charles Borromeo India IND 1 Dec 58  
6 1.51.52     Dale Jones Antigua and Barbuda ANT 12 Mar 64  
7 1.55.35     Peter Ceesay Gambia GAM 18 Feb 59  
8 1.56.02     Ousmane Miangoto Chad CHA 15 Oct 54  
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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