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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: KEN David Rudisha
Silver: BOT Nijel Amos
Bronze: KEN Timothy Kitum

Summary

Coming into London, the strongest favorite in any men's event was Kenyan David Rudisha. He was the world record holder, had won the 2011 World Championships, and had been world-ranked #1 in the event in 2009-11. He had not aimed for a world record in London, but simply wanted to set a fast pace to make it as difficult as possible for the other runners. Rudisha took the lead in the final from the break, passing 200 metres in 23.5 and the 400 in 49.28. Sudanese rival Abubaker Kaki was close, trailing at the bell in 49.4, as was Mohammed Aman (ETH) in 49.5 and Nijel Amos (BOT) in 49.7. Rudisha did not slow down, running 25.02 for the third 200 to pass 600 in 1:14.30, ahead of his paces in his two world record efforts. Kaki was destroyed by his attempt to stay close, as he would drop back to seventh. But Rudisha kept after it, crossing the line in 1:40.91, another world record, and the first 800 ever run under 1:41.

Rudisha towed the other runners to the greatest 800 metre race in history, based on times. Every finalist except Kaki set a PR, and places 2-8 all set best-for-place records. The silver went to Amos in 1:41.73, making him the third fastest ever over two laps, with Rudisha's teammate Timothy Kitum coming home for bronze in 1:42.53, a mark better than the previous Olympic record of 1:42.58 set in 1996 by Norwegian Vebjørn Rodal. Amos had recently won the 2012 World Junior title, but Kitum was even younger at only 17-years-old and became the youngest ever medalist in the Olympic 800. Amos' medal was the first ever for Botswana.

Rudisha said later that he thought of his father, Daniel, at the starting line. Daniel Rudisha had anchored Kenya to a silver in the 4×4 at the 1968 Olympics, and Rudisha noted, "He has always been my role model." London Organizing Committee chairman Sebastian Coe, himself twice a world-record setter in the 800, noted, "It was the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen. It was the performance of the Games, not just of track & field, but of the Games. Rudisha's run will go down in history as one of the greatest Olympic victories."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Rudisha 23 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Nijel Amos 18 Botswana BOT Silver
3 Timothy Kitum 17 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Duane Solomon 27 United States USA
5 Nick Symmonds 28 United States USA
6 Mohammed Aman 18 Ethiopia ETH
7 Abubaker Kaki Khamis 23 Sudan SUD
8 Andrew Osagie 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r2/3 Adam Kszczot 22 Poland POL
4 h1 r2/3 Antony Chemut 19 Kenya KEN
4 h2 r2/3 Marcin Lewandowski 25 Poland POL
4 h3 r2/3 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse 20 France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Robert Lathouwers 29 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r2/3 Yury Borzakovsky 31 Russia RUS
5 h3 r2/3 André Olivier 22 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r2/3 Luis Alberto Marco 25 Spain ESP
6 h2 r2/3 Kevin López 22 Spain ESP
6 h3 r2/3 Antonio Reina 31 Spain ESP
7 h1 r2/3 Fabiano Peçanha 30 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r2/3 Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla 23 Qatar QAT
7 h3 r2/3 Geoff Harris 25 Canada CAN
8 h2 r2/3 Hamada Mohamed 19 Egypt EGY
8 h3 r2/3 Abdulaziz Ladan 21 Saudi Arabia KSA
9 h2 r2/3 Andy González 24 Cuba CUB
AC h1 r2/3 Sajjad Moradi 29 Iran IRI
4 h1 r1/3 Khadevis Robinson 36 United States USA
4 h2 r1/3 Wesley Vázquez 18 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h5 r1/3 Masato Yokota 24 Japan JPN
4 h6 r1/3 Rafith Rodríguez 23 Colombia COL
4 h7 r1/3 Jakub Holuša 24 Czech Republic CZE
5 h2 r1/3 Jeff Riseley 25 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/3 Gareth Warburton 29 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Michael Rimmer 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h6 r1/3 Adnan Taess Akkar 32 Iraq IRQ
5 h7 r1/3 Julius Mutekanga 24 Uganda UGA
6 h1 r1/3 Ivan Tukhtachov 23 Russia RUS
6 h2 r1/3 Ismail Ahmed Ismail 27 Sudan SUD
6 h3 r1/3 Tamás Kazi 27 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r1/3 Andreas Bube 25 Denmark DEN
6 h5 r1/3 Moussa Camara 24 Mali MLI
6 h6 r1/3 Amine El Manaoui 20 Morocco MAR
6 h7 r1/3 Moise Joseph 30 Haiti HAI
7 h1 r1/3 Derek Mandell 25 Guam GUM
7 h2 r1/3 Anis Ananenko 26 Belarus BLR
7 h3 r1/3 Sören Ludolph 24 Germany GER
7 h4 r1/3 Manuel Antonio 23 Angola ANG
7 h5 r1/3 Edgar Cortez 22 Nicaragua NCA
7 h6 r1/3 Prince Moses Mumba 27 Zambia ZAM
7 h7 r1/3 Benjamín Enzema 23 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
8 h2 r1/3 Kieng Samorn 29 Cambodia CAM
8 h3 r1/3 Arnold Sorina 24 Vanuatu VAN
8 h6 r1/3 Yerzhan Askarov 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC Mohamed Al-Azemi 30 Kuwait KUW DQ
AC Brice Etes 28 Monaco MON DQ
AC Taoufik Makhloufi 24 Algeria ALG DNF