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Vebjørn Rodal

Full name: Vebjørn Rodal
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: September 16, 1972 in Berkåk, Rennebu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Oppdal IL, Oppdal (NOR) / Oppdal Friidrettsklubb, Oppdal (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Vebjørn Rodal made his international senior début at the 1992 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals in the 800, and won his first international medal when he placed second at the 1994 European Championships. By finishing third in the final of the 1995 World Championships, he established himself as one of the top 800 metre runners in the world and was among the medal contenders for the 1996 Olympics. The best 800 m runner in the 1990s, Wilson Kipketer, who had emigrated from Kenya to Denmark, was not present at the Olympics because he was not allowed to run for his new country by the Kenyans, so the 800 was considered wide open. The final was run in a blistering pace and Rodal overtook most of the field in his second lap and took the lead at the last bend, crossing the line first in an Olympic record 1:42.58. The Olympic title would be Rodal's only international victory. He failed to make the final of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and more or less retired afterwards, although he competed a bit in Norway. Domestically, Rodal won six Norwegian 800 titles (1992, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2002) and two Norwegian 1,500 titles (1995, 1997).

Personal Best: 800 – 1:42.58 (1996).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 5 h3 r2/3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold OR
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 7 h1 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat Three 5 1:49.53 5
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Norway Round One Heat Three 5 QC 1:48.00 6
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Final 1 OR 1:42.58 1
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat Three 3 QC 1:43.96 6
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:45.30 5
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat One 7 1:48.73 3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Norway Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:46.76 3