Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres
|Men's 800 metres|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||56 from 44 nations|
|Winning time||1:40.91 WR|
Reigning world champion David Rudisha won the race in 1:40.91, becoming the first person to break 1:41 and improving on his own world record (the first world record in an Olympic men's 800m final since 1976). The reigning world junior champion Nigel Amos finished second in 1:41.73, establishing a new world junior record and Botswana national record. In an exceptionally fast final, all runners except Abubaker Kaki (who ran a seasonal best) set personal bests, including three national records (Kenya, Botswana, and Ethiopia). The finishing times were the fastest recorded for each placing and it constituted the first time that eight athletes ran under 1:44 in the same race. All the athletes in the race produced times that would have won the final in Beijing. The eighth-place finisher, Andrew Osagie, produced a time that would have won the gold medal at all but three of the previous Olympic 800m finals.
Rudisha led from the start of the race, easing from lane 4 to the break with a determined Kaki in tow. By the halfway mark in 49.28 Mohammed Aman lined up off Kaki's shoulder. During the next 200 meters, Rudisha put a gap on the field and Kaki began falling back. The scramble was on to see who had anything left or, like Kaki, who would pay the price. As Rudisha showed the strain of his effort, Nigel Amos and Timothy Kitum started to make up a little of the ground Rudisha had built up. Running at the back of the field, Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds made a late run, finishing just a step out of the medals.
Amos' silver medal was the first Olympic medal ever for Botswana.
The competition had seven heats in the first round, three semi-finals and a final. The top three in the first round heats progressed, as did the three fastest non-qualifiers. The top two finishers in the semi-final race reached the finals and the two fastest runners outside these runners made up the eight finalists.
Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||David Rudisha (KEN)||1:41.01||Rieti, Italy||29 August 2010|
|Olympic record||Vebjørn Rodal (NOR)||1:42.58||Atlanta, United States||31 July 1996|
|2012 World leading||David Rudisha (KEN)||1:41.54||Paris, France||6 July 2012|
The following records were established during the competition:
|9 August||Final||David Rudisha||Kenya||1:40.91||WR|
The following national records were set during the competition.
|Kenya national record||David Rudisha (KEN)||1:40.91 s|
|Botswana national record||Nijel Amos (BOT)||1:41.73 s|
|Ethiopia national record||Mohammed Aman (ETH)||1:43.20 s|
|Monday, 6 August 2012||10:50||Round 1|
|Tuesday, 7 August 2012||19:55||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 9 August 2012||20:00||Finals|
Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.
|3||Luis Alberto Marco||Spain||1:46.86||Q|
|4||Khadevis Robinson||United States||1:47.17|
|2||Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla||Qatar||1:46.37||Q|
|3||Andrew Osagie||Great Britain||1:46.42||Q|
|4||Wesley Vazquez||Puerto Rico||1:46.45|
|6||Ismail Ahmed Ismail||Sudan||1:48.79|
|3||Abdulaziz Mohammed||Saudi Arabia||1:46.09||Q|
|5||Gareth Warburton||Great Britain||1:46.97|
|1||Nick Symmonds||United States||1:45.91||Q|
|5||Michael Rimmer||Great Britain||1:49.05|
|3||Antonio Manuel Reina||Spain||1:47.44||Q|
|5||Adnan Taess Akkar||Iraq||1:47.83|
|6||Amine El Manaoui||Morocco||1:48.48|
|1||Duane Solomon||United States||1:46.05||Q|
|3||André Olivier||South Africa||1:46.42||Q|
|4||Jakub Holuša||Czech Republic||1:46.87|
|7||Benjamín Enzema||Equatorial Guinea||1:57.47|
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|6||Luis Alberto Marco||Spain||1:46.19|
|2||Andrew Osagie||Great Britain||1:44.74||Q|
|3||Nick Symmonds||United States||1:44.87||q|
|7||Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla||Qatar||1:47.52|
|3||Duane Solomon||United States||1:44.93||q|
|5||André Olivier||South Africa||1:45.44|
|6||Antonio Manuel Reina||Spain||1:45.84|
|8||Abdulaziz Mohammed||Saudi Arabia||1:48.98|
|David Rudisha||Kenya||1:40.91||WR, NR|
|Nijel Amos||Botswana||1:41.73||WJR, NR|
|4||Duane Solomon||United States||1:42.82||PB|
|5||Nick Symmonds||United States||1:42.95||PB|
|8||Andrew Osagie||Great Britain||1:43.77||PB|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Ramsak, Bob (2012-08-09). Stunning! Rudisha 1:40.91 World Record in London! - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
- "Men's 800m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "800m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "800 Metres - M. Heats". london2012.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Advanced by judges decision after being pushed by Al-Azemi.