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Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996

Gold: NOR Vebjørn Rodal
Silver: RSA Hezekiel Sepeng
Bronze: KEN Fred Onyancha


The 1995 World Champion was [Wilson Kipketer], a Kenyan who had changed allegiance and now competed for Denmark. But the Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to give permission for him to compete at the Olympics in 1996, thus eliminating the favorite. As Kenyans had won almost every major title since 1987, one looked to their runners, but both finalists, [Fred Onyancha] and [David Kiptoo], were unknowns. Their Olympic Trial had been won by [Philip Kibitok] but he did not survive the semis. [Johnny Gray] (USA) was running in his fourth consecutive Olympic final and he led, as was his custom, running 24.3 and 49.6. He still led at 600 but the field was bunched. Norway’s [Vebjørn Rodal] kicked from 120 out and Gray faded, eventually finishing seventh. He would hold on to win the gold over the fast-closing South African, [Hezekiel Sepeng].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vebjørn Rodal 23 Norway NOR Gold OR
2 Hezekiel Sepeng 22 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Fred Onyancha 27 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Norberto Téllez 24 Cuba CUB
5 Nico Motchebon 26 Germany GER
6 David Kiptoo 31 Kenya KEN
7 Johnny Gray 36 United States USA
8 Lahlou Ben Younès 31 Morocco MAR
3 h1 r2/3 Philip Kibitok 25 Kenya KEN
4 h1 r2/3 André Bucher 19 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r2/3 Arthémon Hatungimana 22 Burundi BDI
4 h3 r2/3 Einārs Tupurītis 22 Latvia LAT
5 h1 r2/3 Giuseppe D'Urso 26 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Savieri Ngidhi 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h3 r2/3 David Matthews 22 Ireland IRL
6 h1 r2/3 Paul Byrne 20 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/3 Curtis Robb 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/3 Jimmy Jean-Joseph 23 France FRA
7 h1 r2/3 Bruno Konczylo 27 France FRA
7 h2 r2/3 Johan Botha 22 South Africa RSA
7 h3 r2/3 Balázs Korányi 22 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Craig Winrow 24 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 José Luíz Barbosa 35 Brazil BRA
AC h3 r2/3 Andrea Benvenuti 26 Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/3 Pavel Soukup 25 Czech Republic CZE
3 h6 r1/3 Marius van Heerden 21 South Africa RSA
3 h8 r1/3 Andrea Giocondi 27 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 Adem Hecini 20 Algeria ALG
4 h3 r1/3 Andrés Díaz 27 Spain ESP
4 h6 r1/3 David Strang 27 Great Britain GBR
4 h7 r1/3 Alex Morgan 23 Jamaica JAM
4 h8 r1/3 Brandon Rock 24 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Joachim Dehmel 27 Germany GER
5 h2 r1/3 Abdul Rahman Al-Abdullah 18 Qatar QAT
5 h3 r1/3 Atle Douglas 28 Norway NOR
5 h4 r1/3 Ibrahim Mohamed Aden 23 Somalia SOM
5 h5 r1/3 António Abrantes 28 Portugal POR
5 h6 r1/3 Boris Kaveshnikov 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
5 h7 r1/3 Mohamed Babiker Yagoub 18 Sudan SUD
5 h8 r1/3 Jean-Marc Destine 23 Haiti HAI
6 h1 r1/3 Joseph Rakotoarimanana 23 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r1/3 Flávio Godoy 26 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r1/3 Cedric Harris 29 Dominica DMA
6 h4 r1/3 Charles Nkazamyampi 26 Burundi BDI
6 h5 r1/3 Clive Terrelonge 27 Jamaica JAM
6 h6 r1/3 Tony Parilla 24 United States USA
6 h7 r1/3 Manlio Molinari 31 San Marino SMR
6 h8 r1/3 Saeed Basweidan 19 Yemen YEM
7 h1 r1/3 Tommy Asinga 27 Suriname SUR
7 h2 r1/3 Chérif Baba Aidara 28 Mauritania MTN
7 h3 r1/3 Fernando Arlete 27 Guinea Bissau GBS
7 h4 r1/3 Tavakalo Kailes 23 Vanuatu VAN
7 h5 r1/3 Themba Makhanya 25 Swaziland SWZ
7 h6 r1/3 Terap Adoum Yaya 21 Chad CHA
7 h8 r1/3 Greg Rhymer 24 British Virgin Islands IVB
8 h4 r1/3 Naseer Ismail 22 Maldives MDV