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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: KEN Pamela Jelimo
Silver: KEN Janeth Jepkosgei
Bronze: MAR Hasna Benhassi
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The favorite was Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei who had won the 2007 World Championships. In the final she led for the first 200 metres before being passed by her teammate, 18-year-old Pamela Jelimo, who nobody had heard of prior to 2008, but who had won all her Golden League races earlier in 2008. Jelimo was never headed, winning the race quite easily, setting a World Junior Record in the process. Jepkosgei got the silver medal, followed by Morocco's Hasna Benhassi, the silver medalist in Athina. Mozambique's Maria Mutola was running in her fifth Olympic 800 final, having won gold in 2000, and briefly challenged at 600 metres but eventually finished fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pamela Jelimo 18 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Janeth Jepkosgei 24 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Hasna Benhassi 30 Morocco MAR Bronze
4 Svetlana Klyuka 29 Russia RUS
5 Maria Mutola 35 Mozambique MOZ
6 Kenia Sinclair 28 Jamaica JAM
7 Yuliya Krevsun 27 Ukraine UKR
8 Tatyana Andrianova 28 Russia RUS
3 h1 r2/3 Lucia Klocová 24 Slovakia SVK
3 h2 r2/3 Yekaterina Kostetskaya 21 Russia RUS
4 h1 r2/3 Tetiana Petliuk 26 Ukraine UKR
4 h2 r2/3 Zulia Calatayud 28 Cuba CUB
5 h1 r2/3 Rosibel García 27 Colombia COL
5 h2 r2/3 Anna Rostkowska 28 Poland POL
5 h3 r2/3 Elisa Cusma 27 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/3 Marilyn Okoro 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Jenny Meadows 27 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/3 Olga Cristea 20 Moldova MDA
7 h1 r2/3 Brigita Langerholc 32 Slovenia SLO
7 h2 r2/3 Eglė Balčiūnaitė 19 Lithuania LTU
7 h3 r2/3 Neisha Bernard-Thomas 27 Grenada GRN
8 h1 r2/3 Tamsyn Lewis 30 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Svetlana Usovich 27 Belarus BLR
AC h3 r2/3 Élodie Guégan 22 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Jemma Simpson 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/3 Merve Aydın 18 Turkey TUR
5 h1 r1/3 Agnes Samaria 35 Namibia NAM
5 h2 r1/3 Marian Burnett 32 Guyana GUY
5 h3 r1/3 Annabelle Lascar 23 Mauritius MRI
5 h5 r1/3 Hazel Clark-Riley 30 United States USA
6 h1 r1/3 Madeleine Pape 24 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/3 Alice Schmidt 26 United States USA
6 h3 r1/3 Marcela Britos 23 Uruguay URU
6 h4 r1/3 Emilia Mikue Ondo 23 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
6 h5 r1/3 Mihaela Neacşu 29 Romania ROU
6 h6 r1/3 Carmo Tavares 34 Portugal POR
7 h1 r1/3 Baraah Awadallah 16 Jordan JOR
7 h2 r1/3 Haley Nemra 18 Marshall Islands MHL
7 h5 r1/3 Aishath Reesha 19 Maldives MDV
AC h4 r1/3 Nicole Teter 34 United States USA
AC h6 r1/3 Mireille Dereboba-Ngaisset 18 Central African Republic CAF
AC Vanja Perišić 23 Croatia CRO DQ (doping)