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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 28, 1996 Format: Top two in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the semi-final.
Date Finished: July 31, 1996  
(Competitors: 56; Countries: 40; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF   1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Wilson Kipketer, the Kenyan-born World Champion, would have been a hot favourite, but did not compete as the Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to allow him to represent his adopted country of Denmark. The first (of three) semi finals was won by Sepeng (1:45.16), with Philip Kibitok, winner of the Kenyan trials, left waiting to see if his third place 1:45.58 would be quick enough. Gray sensibly set a fast pace (50.7) in the second race and was edged by 1/100th by Lahlou’s 1:43.99, with Onyancha 8m clear of fourth place with 1:44.02. Téllez, a statuesque former 400m runner, reminiscent of Juantorena, led the third heat at 400m (51.3) and won the fastest ever preliminary in 1:43.79, with Kiptoo (1:43.90) just beating Rodal, whose 1:43.96 was the fastest of the time qualifiers. As expected, Gray, in his fourth straight final, took the lead from the gun, passing 200m in 24.3 and reaching the bell in 49.55, with the field closely bunched. Gray still led at 600m (1:15.9), with all but Lahlou and Sepeng close. With 120m to go Rodal kicked hard, as Gray began to fade. He quickly had a 3m lead with Onyancha and Téllez the first to react. Sepeng had now closed but was still seventh with 100m to go. Finishing quickest, the young South African eventually passed Onyancha with 5m to go, but was never in with a chance of catching the flying Norwegian.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The 1995 World Champion was Wilson Kipketer, a Kenyan who had changed allegiance and now competed for Denmark. But the Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to give permission for him to compete at the Olympics in 1996, thus eliminating the favorite. As Kenyans had won almost every major title since 1987, one looked to their runners, but both finalists, Fred Onyancha and David Kiptoo, were unknowns. Their Olympic Trial had been won by Philip Kibitok but he did not survive the semis. Johnny Gray (USA) was running in his fourth consecutive Olympic final and he led, as was his custom, running 24.3 and 49.6. He still led at 600 but the field was bunched. Norway’s Vebjørn Rodal kicked from 120 out and Gray faded, eventually finishing seventh. He would hold on to win the gold over the fast-closing South African, Hezekiel Sepeng.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:41.73 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Florence (ITA) June 10, 1981
Olympic Record 1:43.00 Brazil Joaquim Cruz Los Angeles (USA) August 6, 1984

In the final Vebjørn Rodal set a new Olympic record with 1:42.58 minutes.

 
        Results        
 
800 m Men     Final 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.42.58     Vebjørn Rodal Norway NOR 16 Sep 72 NR
2 1.42.74     Hezekiél Sepeng South Africa RSA 30 Jun 74  
3 1.42.79     Fred Onyancha Kenya KEN 25 Dec 69  
4 1.42.85     Norberto Téllez Cuba CUB 22 Jan 72 NR
5 1.43.91     Nico Motchebon Germany GER 13 Nov 69  
6 1.44.19     David Kiptoo Kenya KEN 26 Jun 65  
7 1.44.21     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
8 1.45.52     Benyounès Lahlou Morocco MAR 3 Nov 64  
800 m Men     Semifinal 1 29 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.16     Hezekiél Sepeng South Africa RSA 30 Jun 74  
2 1.45.40     Nico Motchebon Germany GER 13 Nov 69  
3 1.45.58     Philip Kibitok Kenya KEN 23 Mar 71  
4 1.46.41     André Bucher Switzerland SUI 19 Oct 76  
5 1.46.97     Giuseppe D'Urso Italy ITA 15 Sep 69  
6 1.47.58     Paul Byrne Australia AUS 29 Jan 76  
7 1.48.02     Bruno Konczylo France FRA 26 Aug 68  
8 1.48.57     Craig Winrow Great Britain GBR 22 Dec 71  
800 m Men     Semifinal 2 29 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.43.99     Benyounès Lahlou Morocco MAR 3 Nov 64  
2 1.44.00     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
3 1.44.02     Fred Onyancha Kenya KEN 25 Dec 69  
4 1.44.92     Arthémon Hatungimana Burundi BDI 21 Jan 74  
5 1.46.78     Savieri Ngidhi Zimbabwe ZIM 2 Mar 68  
6 1.47.48     Curtis Robb Great Britain GBR 7 Jun 72  
7 1.48.06     Johan Botha South Africa RSA 10 Jan 74  
8 1.50.33     José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61  
800 m Men     Semifinal 3 29 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.43.79     Norberto Téllez Cuba CUB 22 Jan 72  
2 1.43.90     David Kiptoo Kenya KEN 26 Jun 65  
3 1.43.96     Vebjørn Rodal Norway NOR 16 Sep 72  
4 1.46.41     Einars Tupuritis Latvia LAT 9 Dec 73  
5 1.47.83     David Matthews Ireland IRL 9 Apr 74  
6 1.48.50     Jimmy Jean-Joseph France FRA 15 Oct 72  
7 1.50.30     Balázs Korányi Hungary HUN 30 May 74  
  DNF     Andrea Benvenuti Italy ITA 13 Dec 69  
800 m Men     Heat 1 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.30     Vebjørn Rodal Norway NOR 16 Sep 72  
2 1.45.85     Curtis Robb Great Britain GBR 7 Jun 72  
3 1.46.58     José Luiz Barbosa Brazil BRA 27 May 61  
4 1.46.76     David Matthews Ireland IRL 9 Apr 74  
5 1.47.12     Joachim Dehmel Germany GER 27 Jun 69  
6 1.47.33     Joseph Rakotoarimanana Madagascar MAD 6 Oct 72 NR
7 1.48.29     Tommy Asinga Suriname SUR 20 Nov 68  
800 m Men     Heat 2 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.34     Philip Kibitok Kenya KEN 23 Mar 71  
2 1.45.82     Nico Motchebon Germany GER 13 Nov 69  
3 1.46.04     Bruno Konczylo France FRA 26 Aug 68  
4 1.47.23     Adem Hecini Algeria ALG 13 Dec 75  
5 1.48.52     Abdul Hassan Abdulrahman Qatar QAT 3 Jul 77  
6 1.48.91     Flávio Godoy Brazil BRA 13 Dec 69  
7 1.56.20     Sherif Baba Aïdara Mauritania MTN 22 Nov 67 NR
800 m Men     Heat 3 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.24     Norberto Téllez Cuba CUB 22 Jan 72  
2 1.47.41     Craig Winrow Great Britain GBR 22 Dec 71  
3 1.47.67     Pavel Soukup Czech Republic CZE 2 Jan 71  
4 1.47.86     Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain ESP 12 Jul 69  
5 1.48.60     Atle Douglas Norway NOR 9 Jun 68  
6 1.51.46     Cedric Harris Dominica DMA 28 Feb 67  
7 2.00.07     Fernando Arlete Guinea-Bissau GBS 11 Oct 68  
800 m Men     Heat 4 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.11     David Kiptoo Kenya KEN 26 Jun 65  
2 1.45.27     Giuseppe D'Urso Italy ITA 15 Sep 69  
3 1.45.63     Johan Botha South Africa RSA 10 Jan 74  
4 1.45.64     Jimmy Jean-Joseph France FRA 15 Oct 72  
5 1.47.31     Ibrahim Aden Somalia SOM 11 Nov 72  
6 1.47.95     Charles Nkazamyampi Burundi BDI 1 Nov 64  
7 1.55.07     Kayless Tavakalo Vanuatu VAN 14 Jul 73  
8 1.58.70     Naseer Ismail Maldives MDV 10 Jul 75  
800 m Men     Heat 5 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.87     Johnny Gray United States USA 19 Jun 60  
2 1.45.88     Einars Tupuritis Latvia LAT 9 Dec 73  
3 1.46.46     Savieri Ngidhi Zimbabwe ZIM 2 Mar 68  
4 1.46.63     Balázs Korányi Hungary HUN 30 May 74  
5 1.47.73     António Abrantes Portugal POR 15 May 68  
6 1.48.29     Clive Terrelonge Jamaica JAM 30 Jun 69  
7 1.59.02     Themba Makhanya Swaziland SWZ 25 Aug 70  
800 m Men     Heat 6 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.10     Arthémon Hatungimana Burundi BDI 21 Jan 74  
2 1.47.45     Andrea Benvenuti Italy ITA 13 Dec 69  
3 1.47.46     Marius van Heerden South Africa RSA 8 Sep 74  
4 1.47.96     David Strang Great Britain GBR 13 Dec 68  
5 1.48.88     Boris Kaveshnikov Kyrgyzstan KGZ 30 Sep 74  
6 1.49.99     Tony Parrilla United States USA 31 Mar 72  
7 1.52.68     Adoum Terap Chad CHA 12 Oct 74  
800 m Men     Heat 7 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.85     Benyounès Lahlou Morocco MAR 3 Nov 64  
2 1.46.07     Fred Onyancha Kenya KEN 25 Dec 69  
3 1.47.05     Paul Byrne Australia AUS 29 Jan 76  
4 1.47.40     Alex Morgan Jamaica JAM 27 Dec 72  
5 1.48.50     Mohamed Yagoub Sudan SUD 2 Sep 77  
6 1.56.08     Manlio Molinari San Marino SMR 24 Aug 64  
800 m Men     Heat 8 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.46     Hezekiél Sepeng South Africa RSA 30 Jun 74  
2 1.46.85     André Bucher Switzerland SUI 19 Oct 76  
3 1.47.26     Andrea Giocondi Italy ITA 17 Jan 69  
4 1.48.47     Brandon Rock United States USA 8 Jul 72  
5 1.48.92     Jean Destine Haiti HAI 17 Jan 73  
6 1.49.35     Saeed Basweidan Yemen YEM 26 Jun 77  
7 1.50.03     Greg Rhymer British Virgin Islands IVB 22 Feb 72  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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