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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

Summary

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