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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: ROU Doina Beşliu-Melinte
Silver: USA Kim Gallagher
Bronze: ROU Fiţa Lovin

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Doina Beşliu-Melinte 27 Romania ROU Gold
2 Kim Gallagher 20 United States USA Silver
3 Fiţa Lovin 33 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Gabriella Dorio 27 Italy ITA
5 Lorraine Baker 20 Great Britain GBR
6 Ruth Wysocki 27 United States USA
7 Margrit Klinger 24 West Germany FRG
8 Caroline O'Shea 23 Ireland IRL
5 h1 r2/3 Elly van Hulst 25 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r2/3 Robin Campbell 25 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Angelita Lind 25 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h2 r2/3 Jill McCabe 21 Sweden SWE
7 h1 r2/3 Chris Slythe-Wynn 22 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Grace Verbeek 25 Canada CAN
8 h1 r2/3 Ranza Clark 22 Canada CAN
8 h2 r2/3 Shiny Abraham-Wilson 19 India IND
5 h1 r1/3 Céléstine N'Drin 21 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2 r1/3 Selina Chirchir 15 Kenya KEN
5 h3 r1/3 Alejandra Ramos 25 Chile CHI
5 h4 r1/3 Albertina Machado 22 Portugal POR
6 h1 r1/3 Christine Bakombo 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
6 h2 r1/3 Grace Bakari 30 Ghana GHA
6 h3 r1/3 Evelyn Adiru 22 Uganda UGA
6 h4 r1/3 Laverne Bryan 19 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h3 r1/3 Zonia Meigham 30 Guatemala GUA