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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: RSA Caster Semenya
Silver: BDI Francine Niyonsaba
Bronze: KEN Margaret Wambui

Summary

South Africa’s [Caster Semenya] came to Rio as the heaviest favorite in any women’s running event. Semenya was the 2009 World Champion, a victory shrouded in controversy as rumors swirled that Semenya had failed gender testing procedures. She eventually overcame the rumor mill and returned to international competition, taking silver at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 London Olympics. By 2015 she was again the dominant runner, and many were expecting her to chase the 800 metre world record in Rio. Semenya also considered running the 400, going for a 400-800 double, but shortly before Rio announced that she would not attempt that.

In the final Semenya went out quickly, and led at 200 metres, but Burundi’s [Francine Niyonsaba] led at the bell. Semenya went to the lead with 150 metres left, and won by an easy 10 metres, with Niyonsaba holding on for silver. Semenya’s quick early pace pulled the 3-6 finishers to PRs, as Kenya’s Margaret Wambui took the bronze, just ahead of [Melissa Bishop], the Beijing silver medalist. Semenya ran halves of 57.7 / 57.6 to negative split the race, although almost an evenly paced race.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Caster Semenya 25 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Francine Niyonsaba 23 Burundi BDI Silver
3 Margaret Wambui 20 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Melissa Bishop 27 Canada CAN
5 Joanna Jóźwik 25 Poland POL
6 Lynsey Sharp 26 Great Britain GBR
7 Marina Arzamasova 28 Belarus BLR
8 Kate Grace 27 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 Ajeé Wilson 22 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Selina Büchel 25 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r2/3 Nataliya Pryshchepa 21 Ukraine UKR
4 h2 r2/3 Lovisa Lindh 25 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Renée Eykens 20 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r2/3 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/3 Noélie Yarigo 30 Benin BEN
6 h1 r2/3 Halima Nakaayi 21 Uganda UGA
6 h2 r2/3 Habitam Alemu 19 Ethiopia ETH
6 h3 r2/3 Winny Chebet 25 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r2/3 Yusneysi Santiusti 31 Italy ITA
7 h2 r2/3 Eunice Sum 28 Kenya KEN
7 h3 r2/3 Amela Terzić 23 Serbia SRB
8 h1 r2/3 Angelika Cichocka 28 Poland POL
8 h3 r2/3 Wang Chunyu 21 China CHN
3 h1 r1/3 Sahily Diago 20 Cuba CUB
3 h6 r1/3 Rose Mary Almanza 24 Cuba CUB
3 h7 r1/3 Esther Guerrero 26 Spain ESP
3 h8 r1/3 Natoya Goule 25 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r1/3 Angie Petty 24 New Zealand NZL
4 h3 r1/3 Gudaf Tsegay 19 Ethiopia ETH
4 h5 r1/3 Tigist Assefa 19 Ethiopia ETH
4 h6 r1/3 Malika Akkaoui 28 Morocco MAR
4 h7 r1/3 Lisneidy Veitía 22 Cuba CUB
4 h8 r1/3 Lucia Hrivnák Klocová 32 Slovakia SVK
5 h1 r1/3 Justine Fedronic 25 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Margarita Mukashova 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h3 r1/3 Sifan Hassan 23 Netherlands NED
5 h5 r1/3 Winnie Nanyondo 22 Uganda UGA
5 h6 r1/3 Hedda Hynne 26 Norway NOR
5 h7 r1/3 Rénelle Lamote 22 France FRA
5 h8 r1/3 Yuliya Korol 25 Belarus BLR
6 h1 r1/3 Olha Liakhova 24 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r1/3 Claudia Bobocea 24 Romania ROU
6 h3 r1/3 Tintu Luka 27 India IND
6 h4 r1/3 Aníta Hinriksdóttir 20 Iceland ISL
6 h5 r1/3 Amina Bakhit 25 Sudan SUD
6 h6 r1/3 Déborah Rodríguez 23 Uruguay URU
6 h7 r1/3 Eglė Balčiūnaitė 27 Lithuania LTU
6 h8 r1/3 Chrishuna Williams 23 United States USA
7 h1 r1/3 Florina Pierdevară 26 Romania ROU
7 h2 r1/3 Rose Nathike Lokonyen 21 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT
7 h3 r1/3 Selma Kajan 25 Australia AUS
7 h4 r1/3 Christina Hering 21 Germany GER
7 h5 r1/3 Myint Swe Li 23 Myanmar MYA
7 h6 r1/3 Simoya Campbell 22 Jamaica JAM
7 h7 r1/3 Kenia Sinclair 36 Jamaica JAM
7 h8 r1/3 Fabienne Kohlmann 26 Germany GER
8 h1 r1/3 Ciara Everard 26 Ireland IRL
8 h2 r1/3 Houleye Ba 24 Mauritania MTN
8 h3 r1/3 Tsepang Sello 19 Lesotho LES
8 h4 r1/3 Fatma El-Sharnouby 18 Egypt EGY
8 h6 r1/3 Charline Mathias 24 Luxembourg LUX
8 h7 r1/3 Flávia de Lima 23 Brazil BRA
8 h8 r1/3 Elisabeth Mandaba 27 Central African Republic CAF
AC h2 r1/3 Rababe Arafi 25 Morocco MAR
AC Nataliya Lupu 28 Ukraine UKR DQ