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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: MOZ Maria Mutola
Silver: AUT Steffi Graf
Bronze: GBR Kelly Holmes

Summary

Maria Mutola had won three world indoor titles, but had struggled at major outdoor internationals, despite often being favored. She was competing in her fourth Olympics, but her only medal had been a bronze in 1996. The 1999 World Champion had been Czech athlete Ludmila Formanová but she withdrew in round one with an injured ankle. The final pace was set by Czech Helena Fuchsová who led thru 400 metres in a rapid 55.04. Britain's Kelly Holmes went into the lead at 600 metres, trailed by Mutola and Austria's Steffi Graf. Mutola moved into the lead off the final turn and pulled away to win by four metres, with Graf getting silver and Holmes the bronze. Mutola had ended her big-meet jinx and would win the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. This was the first ever gold medal won for Mozambique.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maria Mutola 27 Mozambique MOZ Gold
2 Steffi Graf 27 Austria AUT Silver
3 Kelly Holmes 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Brigita Langerholc 24 Slovenia SLO
5 Helena Fuchsová 35 Czech Republic CZE
6 Zulia Calatayud 20 Cuba CUB
7 Hazel Clark-Riley 22 United States USA
8 Hasna Benhassi 22 Morocco MAR
4 h1 r2/3 Tamsyn Lewis 22 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Jearl Miles-Clark 34 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Claudia Gesell 22 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Toni Hodgkinson 28 New Zealand NZL
7 h1 r2/3 Charmaine Howell 25 Jamaica JAM
7 h2 r2/3 Irina Mistyukevich 23 Russia RUS
8 h1 r2/3 Mayte Martínez 24 Spain ESP
8 h2 r2/3 Joetta Clark-Diggs 38 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Olga Raspopova 21 Russia RUS
3 h4 r1/3 Nataliya Tsyganova 29 Russia RUS
4 h1 r1/3 Natasha Dukhnova 34 Belarus BLR
4 h2 r1/3 Letitia Vriesde 35 Suriname SUR
4 h4 r1/3 Sandra Stals 25 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/3 Grace Birungi 26 Uganda UGA
5 h2 r1/3 Mina Aït Hammou 22 Morocco MAR
5 h4 r1/3 Sue Andrews 29 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/3 Diane Edwards-Modahl 34 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Olena Buzhenko 27 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r1/3 Léontine Tsiba 26 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h3 r1/3 Christine Mukamutesi 16 Rwanda RWA
6 h4 r1/3 Irina Latve 19 Latvia LAT
6 h5 r1/3 Adama N'Jie 22 Gambia GAM
7 h1 r1/3 Florencia Hunt 22 Netherlands Antilles AHO
7 h2 r1/3 Elena Iagăr 25 Romania ROU
7 h3 r1/3 Anhel Cape 22 Guinea Bissau GBS
7 h4 r1/3 \N Delfina Joaquim 20 Angola ANG
7 h5 r1/3 Anna Nasilyan 20 Armenia ARM
8 h1 r1/3 Direma Banasso 14 Togo TOG
8 h2 r1/3 Roda Ali Wais 16 Djibouti DJI
AC h3 r1/3 Ludmila Formanová 26 Czech Republic CZE