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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000

Gold: GER Nils Schumann
Silver: DEN Wilson Kipketer
Bronze: ALG Djabir Saïd-Guerni

Summary

Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer had won the 1995, 1997, and 1999 World Championships. He would have been favored in 1996 but the Kenyan émigré was not allowed to compete by the Kenyan Olympic Committee. In 1997 he had tied Sebastian Coe‘s world record on 7 July, and then broken it 13 August and again on 24 August – leaving it at 1:41.11. He was expected to be pushed by 1998 European Champion Nils Schumann (GER), 1996 Olympic silver medalist Hezekiel Sepeng (RSA), rising Russian Yury Borzakovsky, and Swiss André Bucher, who had the fastest time of the year with 1:43.12. Italy’s Andrea Longo led the field thru a slowish first lap (53.43). He continued to lead thru 650 metres, when he pushed Bucher off the track briefly, leading to his own disqualification. Sepeng took the lead as the field neared the end of the curve, but Schumann took over 50 metres from the line, winning gold. Kipketer closed the fastest of the medalists, but was poorly placed coming off the curve, and could only get the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nils Schumann 22 Germany GER Gold
2 Wilson Kipketer 27 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Djabir Saïd-Guerni 23 Algeria ALG Bronze
4 Hezekiel Sepeng 26 South Africa RSA
5 André Bucher 23 Switzerland SUI
6 Yury Borzakovsky 19 Russia RUS
7 Glody Dube 22 Botswana BOT
AC Andrea Longo 25 Italy ITA
3 h2 r2/3 Khalid Tighazouine 23 Morocco MAR
3 h3 r2/3 Adem Hecini 24 Algeria ALG
4 h2 r2/3 Johan Botha 26 South Africa RSA
4 h3 r2/3 El-Mahjoub Haïda 30 Morocco MAR
5 h1 r2/3 William Yiampoy 26 Kenya KEN
5 h2 r2/3 Japheth Kimutai 21 Kenya KEN
5 h3 r2/3 Werner Botha 22 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r2/3 James McIlroy 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Jean-Patrick Nduwimana 22 Burundi BDI
6 h3 r2/3 Viktors Lācis 22 Latvia LAT
7 h1 r2/3 Vebjørn Rodal 27 Norway NOR
7 h2 r2/3 Pavel Pelepyagin 22 Belarus BLR
7 h3 r2/3 Balázs Korányi 26 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Mouhssin Chehibi 22 Morocco MAR
8 h2 r2/3 Grant Cremer 22 Australia AUS
8T h3 r2/3 Osmar dos Santos 31 Brazil BRA
8T h3 r2/3 Marvin Watts 25 Jamaica JAM
3 h2 r1/3 Arthémon Hatungimana 26 Burundi BDI
3 h3 r1/3 Joseph Mutua 21 Kenya KEN
3 h8 r1/3 Bram Som 20 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/3 Roman Oravec 22 Czech Republic CZE
4 h2 r1/3 Zach Whitmarsh 23 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/3 Dmitry Bogdanov 21 Russia RUS
4 h4 r1/3 Crispen Mutakanyi 30 Zimbabwe ZIM
4 h8 r1/3 Kris McCarthy 21 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Vane Stojanov 22 Macedonia MKD
5 h2 r1/3 David Matthews 26 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r1/3 Roberto Parra 24 Spain ESP
5 h4 r1/3 José Manuel Cerezo 27 Spain ESP
5 h5 r1/3 João Manuel Pires 21 Portugal POR
5 h6 r1/3 Bryan Woodward 26 United States USA
5 h7 r1/3 Milton Browne 24 Barbados BAR
5 h8 r1/3 Mark Everett 32 United States USA
6 h1 r1/3 Rich Kenah 30 United States USA
6 h2 r1/3 Andy Hart 31 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/3 Bobby True 22 Liberia LBR
6 h4 r1/3 Artyom Mastrov 23 Russia RUS
6 h5 r1/3 Abdou Ibrahim Youssef 18 Qatar QAT
6 h6 r1/3 Mehdi Jelodarzadeh 23 Iran IRI
6 h7 r1/3 Nathan Kahan 29 Belgium BEL
6 h8 r1/3 Paskar Owor 19 Uganda UGA
7 h1 r1/3 Kim Sun-Hyeong 27 South Korea KOR
7 h2 r1/3 Isireli Naikelekelevesi 23 Fiji FIJ
7 h3 r1/3 Mohamed Habib Bel Hadj 27 Tunisia TUN
7 h4 r1/3 Ian Roberts 26 Guyana GUY
7 h5 r1/3 Naseer Ismail 26 Maldives MDV
7 h6 r1/3 Mohamed Saleh Hadj Haidara 25 Bahrain BRN
7 h7 r1/3 Panagiotis Stroubakos 28 Greece GRE
7 h8 r1/3 Vitalie Cerches 27 Moldova MDA
8 h3 r1/3 Jorge Duvane 18 Mozambique MOZ
8 h5 r1/3 Faiq Bağırov 24 Azerbaijan AZE
8 h8 r1/3 Puntsag-Ochiryn Pürevsüren 25 Mongolia MGL
AC h1 r1/3 Mohamed Al-Kafraini 25 Jordan JOR