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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004

Gold: GBR Kelly Holmes
Silver: MAR Hasna Benhassi
Bronze: SLO Jolanda Čeplak


The defending champion, [Maria Mutola], was the favorite, having won the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. The final pace was led by American [Jearl Miles-Clark] who led thru 600 metres. At the start of the homestretch Mutola and Britain's [Kelly Holmes] passed into the lead. It was expected to be a great battle but Mutola faded, and Holmes ran away from her. But the finish was very close as Morocco's [Hasna Benhassi] and Slovenia's [Jolanda Čeplak] closed quickly. Holmes held on to win, with almost nothing to choose between Benhassi and Ceplak, both clocked in 1:56.43, Benhassi getting the silver. Mutola dropped back to fourth, and Miles-Clark trailed in sixth place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kelly Holmes 34 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Hasna Benhassi 26 Morocco MAR Silver
3 Jolanda Čeplak 27 Slovenia SLO Bronze
4 Maria Mutola 31 Mozambique MOZ
5 Tatyana Andrianova 24 Russia RUS
6 Jearl Miles-Clark 37 United States USA
7 Maria Cioncan 27 Romania ROU
8 Zulia Calatayud 24 Cuba CUB
3 h2 r2/3 Tetiana Petliuk 22 Ukraine UKR
3 h3 r2/3 Svetlana Cherkasova 26 Russia RUS
4 h2 r2/3 Nicole Teter 30 United States USA
4 h3 r2/3 Diane Cummins 30 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Agnes Samaria 32 Namibia NAM
5 h2 r2/3 Nataliya Khrushchelyeva 31 Russia RUS
5 h3 r2/3 Jo Fenn 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Elisabeth Grousselle 31 France FRA
6 h2 r2/3 Lucia Klocová 20 Slovakia SVK
6 h3 r2/3 Seltana Aït Hammou 24 Morocco MAR
7 h1 r2/3 Mina Aït Hammou 26 Morocco MAR
7 h2 r2/3 Marian Burnett 28 Guyana GUY
7 h3 r2/3 Luciana Mendes 33 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/3 Michelle Ballentine 28 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Mayte Martínez 28 Spain ESP
8 h3 r2/3 Letitia Vriesde 39 Suriname SUR
4 h4 r1/3 Claudia Gesell 26 Germany GER
4 h6 r1/3 Anita Brägger 31 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/3 Nédia Semedo 25 Portugal POR
5 h3 r1/3 Tamsyn Lewis 26 Australia AUS
5 h4 r1/3 Akosua Serwaa 23 Ghana GHA
5 h6 r1/3 Hazel Clark-Riley 26 United States USA
6 h1 r1/3 Olga Cristea 16 Moldova MDA
6 h2 r1/3 Miho Sugimori 26 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/3 Tatyana Roslanova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h4 r1/3 Faith Macharia 28 Kenya KEN
6 h5 r1/3 Binnaz Uslu 19 Turkey TUR
6 h6 r1/3 Noelly Mankatu Bibiche 23 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
7 h1 r1/3 Marlyse Nsourou 17 Gabon GAB
7 h2 r1/3 Adama N'Jie 26 Gambia GAM
7 h3 r1/3 Sanna Abubkheet 19 Palestine PLE
7 h4 r1/3 Emilia Mikue Ondo 19 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
7 h5 r1/3 Marie-Lyne Joseph 21 Dominica DMA
7 h6 r1/3 Tanya Blake 33 Malta MLT
AC h3 r1/3 Anhel Cape 26 Guinea Bissau GBS