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Vebjørn Rodal

Full name: Vebjørn Rodal
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: September 16, 1972 in Berkåk, Rennebu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Oppdal IL, Oppdal (NOR) / Oppdal Friidrettsklubb, Oppdal (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Vebjørn Rodal made his international senior début at the 1992 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals of the 800 m and won his first international medal two years later, when he placed second at the 1994 European Championships. After finishing third at the 1995 World Championships, Rodal was considered a medal contender at the 1996 Olympics. The best 800 m runner of the era, [Wilson Kipketer], who had emigrated from Kenya to Denmark, could not compete at the Olympics, when Kenya refused to allow him to do so, leaving the 800 metre wide open. The Olympic final was at a fast pace, but Rodal took the lead on the final curve, crossing the line first in an Olympic record of 1:42.58. The Olympic title would remain Rodal’s only international victory. He failed to make the final of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and essentially then retired, not competing again internationally. Rodal won six Norwegian 800 m titles (1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002) and two Norwegian 1,500 m titles (1995 and 1997).

Personal Best: 800 – 1:42.58 (1996).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 5 h3 r2/3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold OR
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Men's 800 metres Norway NOR 7 h1 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat Three 5 1:49.53 5
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Norway Round One Heat Three 5 QC 1:48.00 6
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Final 1 OR 1:42.58 1
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat Three 3 QC 1:43.96 6
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Norway Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:45.30 5
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Norway Semi-Finals Heat One 7 1:48.73 3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Norway Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:46.76 3
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