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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: KEN Wilfred Bungei
Silver: SUD Ismail Ahmed Ismail
Bronze: KEN Alfred Kirwa Yego

Summary

The rounds and semis of the 800 were contested with only two runners advancing automatically, which made the qualifying rounds quite competitive. Not making it to the finals were the defending champion Yury Borzakovsky (RUS), the 2004 silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA), and 2008 world list leader Abubaker Kaki Khamis (SUD). The favorites in the final were Kenyans Alfred Kirwa Yego, the 2007 World Champion, and Wilfred Bungei. The two ran a team race to control the race from the front. The pace was not fast on the first lap, with Bungei leading thru 400 in 53.35, Yego on his shoulder. Bungei gradually increased the pace on the final lap, and Sudan's Ismail Ahmed Ismail moved up on the backstretch to take second, Yego holding third. Bungei and Ismail would hold those positions thru the tape to win gold and silver, Ismail's silver the first ever Olympic medal for Sudan. On the final straight, Saad Kamel (BRN) pulled into third but Yego managed to fight back and get the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilfred Bungei 28 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Ismail Ahmed Ismail 23 Sudan SUD Silver
3 Alfred Kirwa Yego 21 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Gary Reed 26 Canada CAN
5 Youssef Saad Kamel 25 Bahrain BRN
6 Yeimer López 25 Cuba CUB
7 Nabil Madi 27 Algeria ALG
8 Nadjim Manseur 20 Algeria ALG
3 h1 r2/3 Yury Borzakovsky 27 Russia RUS
3 h3 r2/3 Boaz Lalang 19 Kenya KEN
4 h1 r2/3 Amine Laalou 26 Morocco MAR
4 h3 r2/3 Manuel Olmedo 25 Spain ESP
5 h1 r2/3 Nick Symmonds 24 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Sajjad Moradi 25 Iran IRI
5 h3 r2/3 Belal Mansoor Ali 19 Bahrain BRN
6 h1 r2/3 Mohamed Al-Salhi 22 Saudi Arabia KSA
6 h2 r2/3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi 27 South Africa RSA
6 h3 r2/3 Michael Rimmer 22 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Marcin Lewandowski 21 Poland POL
7 h2 r2/3 Antonio Reina 27 Spain ESP
7 h3 r2/3 Abraham Chepkirwok 19 Uganda UGA
8 h1 r2/3 Mohamed Al-Azemi 26 Kuwait KUW
8 h2 r2/3 Fabiano Peçanha 26 Brazil BRA
8 h3 r2/3 Abubaker Kaki Khamis 19 Sudan SUD
3 h2 r1/3 Dmitry Bogdanov 29 Russia RUS
3 h3 r1/3 Paweł Czapiewski 30 Poland POL
3 h6 r1/3 Jakub Holuša 20 Czech Republic CZE
3 h7 r1/3 Robert Lathouwers 25 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Onalenna Baloyi 26 Botswana BOT
4 h3 r1/3 Miguel Quesada 28 Spain ESP
4 h4 r1/3 Andy González 20 Cuba CUB
4 h5 r1/3 Dmitrijs Miļkēvičs 26 Latvia LAT
4 h6 r1/3 Christian Smith 24 United States USA
4 h7 r1/3 Andrew Wheating 20 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Thomas Chamney 24 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r1/3 Jozef Repčìk 22 Slovakia SVK
5 h3 r1/3 Li Xiangyu 22 China CHN
5 h4 r1/3 Mouhssin Chehibi 30 Morocco MAR
5 h5 r1/3 Samson Ngoepe 23 South Africa RSA
5 h6 r1/3 Kléberson Davide 23 Brazil BRA
5 h7 r1/3 Abdoulaye Wagne 27 Senegal SEN
6 h1 r1/3 Lach Renshaw 21 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/3 Leonardo Price 29 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/3 Vitalij Kozlov 21 Lithuania LTU
6 h4 r1/3 Eduard Villanueva 23 Venezuela VEN
6 h5 r1/3 Aunese Curreen 26 Samoa SAM
6 h6 r1/3 Achraf Tadili 28 Canada CAN
6 h7 r1/3 Aldwyn Sappleton 26 Jamaica JAM
7 h1 r1/3 Ehsan Mohajer Shojaei 25 Iran IRI
7 h3 r1/3 Samwel Mwera 29 Tanzania TAN
7 h4 r1/3 Nguyễn Đình Cương 26 Vietnam VIE
7 h5 r1/3 Souleymane Ould Chebal 21 Mauritania MTN
7 h6 r1/3 Fadrique Iglesias 27 Bolivia BOL
7 h7 r1/3 Sergey Pakura 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
7 h8 r1/3 Yassine Bensghir 25 Morocco MAR
8 h4 r1/3 Derek Mandell 21 Guam GUM
8 h6 r1/3 Mohammed Al-Yafaee 23 Yemen YEM
8 h8 r1/3 Mikko Lahtio 23 Finland FIN