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Women's 800 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: RUS Mariya Savinova
Silver: RSA Caster Semenya
Bronze: RUS Yekaterina Poistogova


The pre-meet favorite was Kenyan [Pamela Jelimo], the defending gold medalist, but Russian [Mariya Savinova] was also a challenger for gold, having won the 2011 World Championships. The Beijing silver medalist, and 2009 World Champion, [Caster Semenya] of South Africa was also back. Her 2009 World title had been controversial, as questions arose as to her gender and if she had actually failed a pre-meet gender test, but she was eventually cleared of those charges and allowed to compete. She lost time off competition in 2010 as a result, but came back in 2011 to place second to Savinova at the Worlds.

The early lead in the final was taken by American [Alysia Johnson-Montaño], as expected. The frequent frontrunner led through 200 metres in 26.9 and 400 in 56.31. Jelimo powered ahead on the final backstretch, and had three strides on the field. She seemed to have the repeat gold in hand, but Savinova had timed her kick perfectly. At 130 metres from the finish, she let it go and easily passed a slowing Jelimo to win the gold by over a second. As Jelimo faded, Semenya came on to repeat as silver medalist, with Savinova's teammate [Yekaterina Poistogova] taking the bronze. Jelimo was fourth and Montaño fifth. Last in the final was Kenyan [Janeth Jepkosgei], the silver medalist from Beijing.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mariya Savinova 26 Russia RUS Gold
2 Caster Semenya 21 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Yekaterina Poistogova 21 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Pamela Jelimo 22 Kenya KEN
5 Alysia Johnson-Montaño 26 United States USA
6 Francine Niyonsaba 19 Burundi BDI
7 Janeth Jepkosgei 28 Kenya KEN
3 h1 r2/3 Rosibel García 31 Colombia COL
3 h3 r2/3 Margarita Mukashova 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
4 h1 r2/3 Alice Schmidt 30 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Halima Hachlaf 23 Morocco MAR
4 h3 r2/3 Malika Akkaoui 24 Morocco MAR
5 h1 r2/3 Nataliya Lupu 24 Ukraine UKR
5 h2 r2/3 Tintu Luka 23 India IND
5 h3 r2/3 Cherono Koech 19 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r2/3 Rose Mary Almanza 20 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r2/3 Elena Mirela Lavric 21 Romania ROU
6 h3 r2/3 Genzeb Shumi 21 Bahrain BRN
7 h1 r2/3 Lynsey Sharp 22 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Neisha Bernard-Thomas 31 Grenada GRN
7 h3 r2/3 Jessica Smith 22 Canada CAN
8 h1 r2/3 Eleni Filandra 28 Greece GRE
8 h3 r2/3 Geena Gall 25 United States USA
4 h3 r1/3 Amina Bakhit 21 Sudan SUD
4 h5 r1/3 Marina Arzamasova 24 Belarus BLR
5 h1 r1/3 Annabelle Lascar 27 Mauritius MRI
5 h2 r1/3 Andrea Ferris 24 Panama PAN
5 h3 r1/3 Amy Atkinson 22 Guam GUM
5 h4 r1/3 Felismina Cavela 19 Angola ANG
5 h5 r1/3 Lenka Masná 27 Czech Republic CZE
6 h1 r1/3 Elena Popescu 22 Moldova MDA
6 h2 r1/3 Haley Nemra 22 Marshall Islands MHL
6 h4 r1/3 Rabia Ashiq 20 Pakistan PAK
6 h5 r1/3 Melissa Bishop 23 Canada CAN
7 h2 r1/3 Merve Aydın 22 Turkey TUR
7 h5 r1/3 Aicha Fall 18 Mauritania MTN
7 h6 r1/3 Elisabeth Mandaba 23 Central African Republic CAF
8 h5 r1/3 Woroud Sawalha 20 Palestine PLE
8 h6 r1/3 Sarah Attar 19 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC Yelena Arzhakova 22 Russia RUS DQ
AC Yuliya Krevsun 31 Ukraine UKR DNF