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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Women's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1984 Format: Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 6, 1984  
(Competitors: 25; Countries: 20; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Gallagher was fastest in the heats (2:00.37) and Lovin (1:59.29) and Dorio (1:59.53) the quickest in the second round. Dorio, a runner capable of winning from the front, took out the pace in the final, passing 200m in 27.7 and leading at halfway with 6m covering the field. Melinte took the lead at 550m, with Lovin and Gallagher quickest to react. The pre-race favourite – Klinger – was suffering with sciatica, and was never a factor. Melinte led by 3m into the straight, and went away to win by 7m, with Gallagher outkicking Lovin for the silver medal. The Romanian held off Dorio by 2m, with the Italian finishing well.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Soviet boycott crippled the level of competition in this event as all the best 800 metre runners in the world were from Eastern Europe. But Romania did compete in Los Angeles, and their runners became the favorites in the absence of the USSR, GDR, and Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was of note because at the 1st Athletics World Championships in 1983, Jarmila Kratochvílová had won the 400/800 double, shortly after setting a world record of 1:53.28, which stood thru the end of the century. The final pace was set by Italy's Gabriella Dorio who led until 550 metres, when Doina Beşliu-Melinte (ROM) took over. She was chased to the line by American Kim Gallagher but never was caught. Dorio faded and the bronze medal went to Melinte's teammate, Fiţa Lovin.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:53.28 Czechoslovakia Jarmila Kratochvílová Munich (FGR) July 26, 1983
Olympic Record 1:53.43 Soviet Union Nadezhda Olizarenko Moscow (URS) July 27, 1980
 
        Results        
In the final, Kim Gallagher was the first to the break line but from there she was content to mark Doina Melinte. Impatient, Gabriella Dorio ran around the pair and out to a 2-meter lead. The gap was slowly eaten up over the next 300 metres, with Fiţa Lovin always present a step behind her Roumanian teammate. On the backstretch, Dorio began to falter and the two leaders edged past her. As she fell back through the pack, Lovin lost her step trying to avoid the slowing traffic. It was the same three leaders in the same order, chased by Margrit Klinger who strung out through the turn, separating from the rest, Dorio falling back to 6th place. Gallagher was perfectly positioned with clear sailing on the outside to sprint past Melinte, instead, Melinte just built on her lead, the gap widening to 4 metres by the finish. Loving couldn't make any progress on Gallagher and finished a couple of metres behind her. Coming off the final turn, Dorio squeezed inside of Lorraine Baker, crossed in front of her to get to the outside for a sprint to the finish, catching elbows with Klinger along the way. But Dorio was unable to catch Lovin for bronze.
800 m Women     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.57.60     Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56  
2 1.58.63     Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64  
3 1.58.83     Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51  
4 1.59.05     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
5 2.00.03     Lorraine Baker Great Britain GBR 9 Apr 64  
6 2.00.34     Ruth Wysocki United States USA 8 Mar 57  
7 2.00.65     Margrit Klinger West Germany FRG 22 Jun 60  
8 2.00.77     Caroline O'Shea Ireland IRL 30 Dec 60  
800 m Women     Semifinal 1 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.00.48     Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64  
2 2.01.42     Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56  
3 2.02.31     Ruth Wysocki United States USA 8 Mar 57  
4 2.02.70     Caroline O'Shea Ireland IRL 30 Dec 60  
5 2.03.25     Elly van Hulst Netherlands NED 9 Jun 59  
6 2.03.27     Angelita Lind Puerto Rico PUR 13 Jan 59  
7 2.04.95     Christine Wynn Canada CAN 10 Aug 61  
8 2.05.42     Ranza Clark Canada CAN 13 Dec 61  
800 m Women     Semifinal 2 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.59.29     Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51  
2 1.59.53     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
3 2.00.00     Margrit Klinger West Germany FRG 22 Jun 60  
4 2.00.66     Lorraine Baker Great Britain GBR 9 Apr 64  
5 2.01.21     Robin Campbell United States USA 25 Jan 59  
6 2.02.20     Jill McCabe Sweden SWE 5 Sep 62  
7 2.03.23     Grace Verbeek Canada CAN 10 Aug 58  
8 2.05.42     Shiny Wilson India IND 8 May 65  
800 m Women     Heat 1 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.03.66     Margrit Klinger West Germany FRG 22 Jun 60  
2 2.04.05     Ruth Wysocki United States USA 8 Mar 57  
3 2.04.16     Jill McCabe Sweden SWE 5 Sep 62  
4 2.04.67     Ranza Clark Canada CAN 13 Dec 61  
5 2.06.06     Celestine N'Drin Cote d'Ivoire CIV 20 Jul 63  
6 2.18.79     Kungu Bakombo DR Congo COD 7 Aug 62  
800 m Women     Heat 2 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.01.51     Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51  
2 2.01.72     Robin Campbell United States USA 25 Jan 59  
3 2.01.73     Lorraine Baker Great Britain GBR 9 Apr 64  
4 2.01.84     Angelita Lind Puerto Rico PUR 13 Jan 59  
5 2.07.17     Salina Chirchir Kenya KEN 28 Aug 68  
6 2.14.50     Grace Bakari Ghana GHA 27 Apr 54  
800 m Women     Heat 3 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.02.77     Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56  
2 2.03.60     Caroline O'Shea Ireland IRL 30 Dec 60  
3 2.04.17     Christine Wynn Canada CAN 10 Aug 61  
4 2.04.69     Shiny Wilson India IND 8 May 65  
5 2.05.77     Alejandra Ramos Chile CHI 8 Dec 58  
6 2.07.39     Evelyn Adiru Uganda UGA 25 May 62  
7 2.14.17     Patricia Meigham Guatemala GUA 11 Jun 54  
800 m Women     Heat 4 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.00.37     Kim Gallagher United States USA 11 Jun 64  
2 2.01.41     Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57  
3 2.03.38     Elly van Hulst Netherlands NED 9 Jun 59  
4 2.04.16     Grace Verbeek Canada CAN 10 Aug 58  
5 2.05.74     Albertina Machado Portugal POR 25 Dec 61  
6 2.11.44     Laverne Bryan Antigua and Barbuda ANT 17 May 65  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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