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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996

Gold: RUS Svetlana Masterkova
Silver: CUB Ana Fidelia Quirot
Bronze: MOZ Maria Mutola


In January 1993, [Ana Fidelia Quirot] was cooking with a kerosene cooker at her home when it exploded, leaving her with 3rd-degree burns over 40% of her body. She endured a long hospitalization, and 21 surgeries with multiple skin grafts to cover the burned skin. Incredibly she returned to competition in November, and recovered enough to win the 1995 World Championships. Co-favorite with her in Atlanta was Mozambique's [Maria Mutola], who had first run in the Olympics in 1988 as a 15-year-old, and placed fifth in 1992 800. Mutola had lost only one race since 1993, that the 1995 Worlds to Quirot when she was disqualified for running out of her lane before the break. Nobody was considering Russia's [Svetlana Masterkova], who had not competed in 1994 or 1995. But in the final she moved into the lead at the gun, but then slowed the pace. She continued to lead into the straight when she was challenged by Quirot. But Masterkova took off with 80 metres left and dropped her easily. Mutola never really challenged for the gold but moved up in the run-in to get a bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Svetlana Masterkova 28 Russia RUS Gold
2 Ana Fidelia Quirot 33 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Maria Mutola 23 Mozambique MOZ Bronze
4 Kelly Holmes 26 Great Britain GBR
5 Yelena Afanasyeva 30 Russia RUS
6 Patricia Djaté-Taillard 25 France FRA
7 Natasha Dukhnova 30 Belarus BLR
8 Toni Hodgkinson 24 New Zealand NZL
5 h1 r2/3 Dawn Williams 22 Dominica DMA
5 h2 r2/3 Letitia Vriesde 31 Suriname SUR
6 h1 r2/3 Linda Kisabaka 27 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Ludmila Formanová 22 Czech Republic CZE
7 h1 r2/3 Viviane Dorsile 29 France FRA
7 h2 r2/3 Meredith Rainey 27 United States USA
8 h2 r2/3 Lyubov Tsyoma 33 Russia RUS
AC h1 r2/3 Stella Jongmans 25 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/3 Luciana Mendes 24 Brazil BRA
3 h4 r1/3 Joetta Clark-Diggs 33 United States USA
4 h1 r1/3 Nouria Mérah-Benida 25 Algeria ALG
4 h4 r1/3 Malin Ewerlöf 24 Sweden SWE
4 h5 r1/3 Suzy Favor-Hamilton 27 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Zhang Jian 20 China CHN
5 h2 r1/3 Eduarda Coelho 28 Portugal POR
5 h4 r1/3 Petya Strashilova 31 Bulgaria BUL
5 h5 r1/3 Inez Turner 24 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/3 Léontine Tsiba 22 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h2 r1/3 Marta Orellana 22 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/3 Charmaine Crooks 33 Canada CAN
6 h4 r1/3 Lisa Lightfoot 29 Australia AUS
6 h5 r1/3 Kutre Dulecha 17 Ethiopia ETH
7 h1 r1/3 Sharette García 27 Belize BIZ
7 h3 r1/3 Yaznee Nasheeda 18 Maldives MDV
7 h4 r1/3 Restituta Joseph 24 Tanzania TAN
AC h2 r1/3 Diane Edwards-Modahl 30 Great Britain GBR
AC h3 r1/3 Ana Menéndez 24 Spain ESP
AC h5 r1/3 Adama N'Jie 18 Gambia GAM