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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976

Gold: URS Tatyana Kazankina
Silver: BUL Nikolina Shtereva
Bronze: GDR Elfi Zinn


By the time of the 1976 Olympics, Soviet 800 runners led the world. In June [Valentina Gerasimova] broke the world record with 1:56.0, but in Montréal she would not get out of the semi-finals. The final was opened by [Anita Weiß] (GDR) taking the lead, but she was passed just before the bell by several runners. The pace was very fast with 400 passed in 55.05. At 600 metres, [Tatyana Kazankina] was in sixth place but moved outside and started passing runners. Leading into the homestretch, she switched gears and won easily in a world record 1:54.94. The first four runners also surpassed Gerasimova's world record in the fastest women's 800 race ever run to that date. Four days later Kazankina returned to add the 1,500 and win the 800/1,500 double.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tatyana Kazankina 24 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Nikolina Shtereva 21 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Elfi Zinn 22 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Anita Weiß 21 East Germany GDR
5 Svetlana Styrkina 27 Soviet Union URS
6 Svetla Zlateva 24 Bulgaria BUL
7 Doris Gluth 20 East Germany GDR
8 Mariana Suman 24 Romania ROU
5 h1 r2/3 Judy Amoore-Pollock 36 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Charlene Rendina 28 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Ileana Silai 34 Romania ROU
6 h2 r2/3 Valentina Gerasimova 28 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r2/3 Wendy Koenig-Knudson 21 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Lilyana Todorova 29 Bulgaria BUL
8 h1 r2/3 Gabriella Dorio 19 Italy ITA
8 h2 r2/3 Madeline Manning-Jackson 28 United States USA
4 h1 r1/3 Rita Thijs 18 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r1/3 Jozefína Čerchlanová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h4 r1/3 Angela Creamer 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/3 Yvonne Saunders 24 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Abby Hoffman 29 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/3 Kathy Weston 18 United States USA
5 h3 r1/3 Liz Barnes 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Magdolna Lázár 25 Hungary HUN
5 h5 r1/3 Anne-Marie Van Nuffel 20 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/3 Carmen Valero 20 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/3 Joan Wenzel 22 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/3 Céléstine N'Drin 12 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h4 r1/3 Ileana Hocking 17 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h5 r1/3 Chris McMeekin 19 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Lilja Guðmundsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
7 h3 r1/3 Maria Ritter 18 Liechtenstein LIE
7 h4 r1/3 Ndew Niang 21 Senegal SEN
7 h5 r1/3 Anne Garrett-Audain 20 New Zealand NZL
AC h2 r1/3 Chee Swee Lee 21 Singapore SGP