Montano Misses Podium By 2 Spots
Savinova Takes Gold in World Lead Time 1:56.19


Medalists:
Gold - Mariya Savinova (Russia) 1:56.19 Season's Best
Silver - Caster Semenya (South Africa) 1:57.23 Season's Best
Bronze - Ekaterina Poistogova (Russia) 1:57.53 Personal Best


Alysia Montano, in her typical racing style took the field out from the gun and into the first quarter in 56.31. The pack was on her back however heading into the backtretch as reigning Olympic Champion Jelimo made a move for the lead and was followed by the two Russians. Coming into the homestretch it would be Savinova, the 2011 World Champion to come through with the gold and a new world leading time of 1:56.19. Silver was won in a huge kick by 2009 World Champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and bronze was snatched in a close 3rd by Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia. 

Results:
Final
 
Official

Rk Bib Athlete Mark   +
1 2890 Russian Federation SAVINOVA Mariya 1:56.19 SB +
2 2794 South Africa SEMENYA Caster 1:57.23 SB +
3 2886 Russian Federation POISTOGOVA Ekaterina 1:57.53 PB +
4 2329 Kenya JELIMO Pamela 1:57.59   +
5 3300 United States of America JOHNSON MONTANO Alysia 1:57.93   +
6 2844 Russian Federation ARZHAKOVA Elena 1:59.21   +
7 1130 Burundi NIYONSABA Francine 1:59.63   +
8 2323 Kenya BUSIENEI Janeth Jepkosgei 2:00.19


Montano on to Final! Sneaks in on Time in Heat 2


Women's 800 Semi's Live Updates

Heat 1 - Heat 1 was all about Jelimo of Kenya as the defending Olympic Champion played the race smart, put herself in good position and made a move at the perfect time. The pack went out in 60.15 and Jelimo lead the 600 in 1:30. She was followed by Russian Postogova who came through in 2nd place just behind Jelimo in a winning time of 1:59.43.  

Heat 2 - Heat 2 was a kicker's race as Busienei of Kenya lead almost the entire time, but was outkicked in the final 200 meters as Caster Semenya of South Africa made a big move and was followed by Alysia Montano of USA and Arzhakova of Russia. It would be Semenya who would win the heat in 1:57.67. She was followed by Arzhakova, Busienei, and Montano. The last two will have to wait and see if they can qualify on time.

Heat 3 - Heat 3 was a very different race compared to heat 2. Mukasheva of Kasikstan lead through 600 meters, giving herself a huge gap in the first quarter (57.70), but the lead would be short-lived as the pack closed in on her with 200 meters to go. World Champion Savinova of Russia closed in on her along with Nivonsava who came in for second to automatically qualify. Savinova took the heat in 1:58.58. 

Official Time Qualifiers: Janeth Busienei (Kenya) 1:58.26, Alysia Montano (USA) 1:58.42

Full Results:
Standings
 
Official

Rk Bib Athlete Heat Mark     +
1 2794 South Africa SEMENYA Caster 2 1:57.67 Q SB +
2 2844 Russian Federation ARZHAKOVA Elena 2 1:58.13 Q   +
3 2323 Kenya BUSIENEI Janeth Jepkosgei 2 1:58.26 q   +
4 3300 United States of America JOHNSON MONTANO Alysia 2 1:58.42 q   +
5 2890 Russian Federation SAVINOVA Mariya 3 1:58.57 Q   +
6 1130 Burundi NIYONSABA Francine 3 1:58.67 Q NR +
7 2469 Morocco HACHLAF Halima 2 1:58.84   SB +
8 2285 Kazakhstan MATSKO MUKASHEVA Margarita 3 1:59.20   PB +
9 2329 Kenya JELIMO Pamela 1 1:59.42 Q   +
10 2886 Russian Federation POISTOGOVA Ekaterina 1 1:59.45 Q


Women's 800 Semi-Final Sections:

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified

Heat 1
Thursday 09 August 2012 - 19:30
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 1428 Rosibel García  COL 2:01.27 1:59.38
3 1878 Lynsey Sharp  GBR 2:00.52 2:00.52
4 3173 Nataliia Lupu  UKR 1:58.46 1:58.46
5 2329 Pamela Jelimo  KEN 1:56.76 1:54.01
6 3315 Alice Schmidt  USA 1:59.46 1:58.61
7 2886 Ekaterina Poistogova  RUS 1:57.93 1:57.93
8 1486 Rose Mary Almanza  CUB 1:59.55 1:59.55
9 1990 Eléni Filándra  GRE 2:00.44 2:00.44
 
Heat 2
Thursday 09 August 2012 - 19:38
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 2009 Neisha Bernard-Thomas  GRN 2:01.21 1:59.60
3 2074 Tintu Luka  IND 2:01.09 1:59.17
4 2844 Elena Arzhakova  RUS 1:57.67 1:57.67
5 3300 Alysia Johnson Montano  USA 1:57.37 1:57.34
6 2794 Caster Semenya  RSA 1:59.18 1:55.45
7 2323 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei  KEN 1:57.79 1:56.04
8 2767 Elena Mirela Lavric  ROU 1:59.74 1:59.74
9 2469 Halima Hachlaf  MAR 2:00.38 1:58.27
 
Heat 3
Thursday 09 August 2012 - 19:46
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 2338 Cherono Koech  KEN 2:01.20 1:59.68
3 1260 Genzeb Shumi  BRN 2:01.18 2:01.18
4 2464 Malika Akkaoui  MAR 1:59.01 1:59.01
5 1130 Francine Niyonsaba  BDI 1:58.68 1:58.68
6 3291 Geena Gall  USA 1:59.24 1:59.24
7 2890 Mariya Savinova  RUS 1:57.42 1:55.87
8 2285 Margarita Matsko Mukasheva  KAZ 1:59.79 1:59.79
9 1318 Jessica Smith  CAN 1:59.86 1:59.86



Women's 800 First Round Updates:
Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified

Heat 1 - Alysia Montano hammers the first lap in 55.55 with the announcers questioning her tactics. Semenya sits comfortably at the lead of the chase group. Montano still has a big lead at 600 hitting the split in 1:27.22. She hits a combination of slowing and hurting in the last 100 meters but holds on for the lead in 2:00.47 (last lap in 64.93). Semenya closes to finish in 2:00.71 and Hachlaf (MAR) 2:00.99.

Marks to qualify from section: Almanza (CUB) 2:01.19

Heat 2 - Alice Schmidt (USA) lead thru the 400 in 60.23 with 2011 World Champ Savinova (RUS) in back of the pack. Savinova challenged for the lead at 600 meters and Schmidt matched her move. Savinova went on to take the heat in 2:01.56 (61.34 last lap for the race), Schmidt was 2:01.65. Luka of India sneaks out the third auto spot in 2:01.75.

Marks to qualify from section: Akkaoui (MAR) 2:01.78

Heat 3 - Three women don't show up for the section, only five run. Super slow 68.06 through 400 with everyone clumped together. After the bell Shumi (Bahrain) and Niyonsaba (Burundi) start moving with Jessica Smith (CAN). Top three finish Niyonsabatimes 2:07.57, Smith 2:07.75 and Shumi (2:07.77).

Heat 4 - Jelimo (KEN) goes for the lead but Filandra (GRE) gets it at 200m. Through the 400 meters in 59.21 and Krevsun (UKR) drops out. She had a season's best of 1:59.25. Jelimo took the lead at 600m in 1:29.59 with Sharp (GBR) following. Geena Gall (USA) off the back and not really in the race. Jemlino wins in 2:00.56 (61.35 last lap), Sharp 2:01.41 in second, Filandra third in 2:02.29

Marks to qualify from section: Geena Gall (USA) 2:03.85

Heat 5 - First lap in a pedestrian 68.70 with Arzhakova (RUS) and Lupu (UKR) upfront, pack bunced behind them. Pace picks up and athletes are three lanes wide with 100m to go. Lupu takes section in 2:08.35 (59.66 last lap), Arzhakova second in 2:08.39 and third auto spot goes to Koech (KEN) 2:08.43.

Heat 6 - An experienced Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) leads early and through 400 in 58.71, six athletes are with her. Through 600m in 1:30.62. They all remain together with 100m to go. Jepkosgei kicks to the win in a comfortable 2:01.04. Three of the time qualifiers will come from this section. Second was Poistogova (RUS) 2:01.08, Garcia of Columbia 2:01.30.

Next marks to qualify from section: Lavric (Romania) 2:01.65,  Mukasheva (Kazakhstan) 2:02.12, Bernard-Thomas (Grenada) 2:03.23




Round 1 Start Lists:

800 Metres - W   HEATS

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.


Heat 1

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 11:35

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

1486

Rose Mary Almanza

CUB.gif CUB

1:59.55

1:59.55

3

2469

Halima Hachlaf

MAR.gif MAR

2:00.38

1:58.27

4

2531

Annabelle Lascar

MRI.gif MRI

2:06.58

2:06.11

5

2491

Elena Popescu

MDA.gif MDA

2:00.64

2:00.64

6

1590

Noura Elsayed

EGY.gif EGY

2:15.15

2:11.63

7

3300

Alysia Johnson Montano

USA.gif USA

1:57.37

1:57.34

8

2794

Caster Semenya

RSA.gif RSA

1:59.18

1:55.45


Heat 2

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 11:44

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

2890

Mariya Savinova

RUS.gif RUS

1:57.42

1:55.87

3

2625

Andrea Ferris

PAN.gif PAN

2:01.63

2:01.63

4

3081

Merve Aydin

TUR.gif TUR

2:00.23

2:00.23

5

2074

Tintu Luka

IND.gif IND

2:01.09

1:59.17

6

2464

Malika Akkaoui

MAR.gif MAR

1:59.01

1:59.01

7

3315

Alice Schmidt

USA.gif USA

1:59.46

1:58.61

8

2518

Haley Nemra

MHL.gif MHL

2:15.94

2:13.83


Heat 3

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 11:53

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

2969

Amina Bakhit

SUD.gif SUD


2:05.06

3

1711

Fantu Magiso

ETH.gif ETH

1:57.48

1:57.48

4

3171

Liliya Lobanova

UKR.gif UKR

1:59.62

1:58.30

5

2204

Kenia Sinclair

JAM.gif JAM

2:01.55

1:57.88

6

2023

Amy Atkinson

GUM.gif GUM

2:21.30

2:21.30

7

1130

Francine Niyonsaba

BDI.gif BDI

1:58.68

1:58.68

8

1260

Genzeb Shumi

BRN.gif BRN

2:01.18

2:01.18

9

1318

Jessica Smith

CAN.gif CAN

1:59.86

1:59.86


Heat 4

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 12:02

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

1990

Eléni Filándra

GRE.gif GRE

2:00.44

2:00.44

3

3291

Geena Gall

USA.gif USA

1:59.24

1:59.24

4

1015

Felismina Cavela

ANG.gif ANG

2:13.89

2:13.89

5

3169

Yuliya Krevsun

UKR.gif UKR

1:59.25

1:57.32

6

2329

Pamela Jelimo

KEN.gif KEN

1:56.76

1:54.01

7

1878

Lynsey Sharp

GBR.gif GBR

2:00.52

2:00.52

8

2622

Rabia Ashiq

PAK.gif PAK

2:10.65

2:10.65


Heat 5

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 12:11

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

1173

Maryna Arzamasava

BLR.gif BLR

1:59.63

1:59.30

3

2844

Elena Arzhakova

RUS.gif RUS

1:57.67

1:57.67

4

2533

Aicha Bilal Fall

MTN.gif MTN



5

1305

Melissa Bishop

CAN.gif CAN

1:59.82

1:59.82

6

3173

Nataliia Lupu

UKR.gif UKR

1:58.46

1:58.46

7

2338

Cherono Koech

KEN.gif KEN

2:01.20

1:59.68

8

2638

Woroud Sawalha

PLE.gif PLE

2:41.22

2:40.12

9

1536

Lenka Masná

CZE.gif CZE

2:01.38

1:59.71


Heat 6

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 12:20

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

2886

Ekaterina Poistogova

RUS.gif RUS

1:57.93

1:57.93

3

2323

Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei

KEN.gif KEN

1:57.79

1:56.04

4

2767

Elena Mirela Lavric

ROU.gif ROU

1:59.74

1:59.74

5

2285

Margarita Matsko Mukasheva

KAZ.gif KAZ

1:59.79

1:59.79

6

1276

Elisabeth Mandaba

CAF.gif CAF



7

1428

Rosibel García

COL.gif COL

2:01.27

1:59.38

8

2378

Sarah Attar

KSA.gif KSA



9

2009

Neisha Bernard-Thomas

GRN.gif GRN

2:01.21

1:59.60



last updated: July 21st at 6:05pm CT

Women's 800 Quick Hits
2012 London Olympic Games


800 Meter Schedule:
Day 6, Aug 8th - Round 1 (5:35pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 7, Aug 9th - Semi-final (1:30pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 9, Aug 11th - Finals (2:00pm CT)

800 Meter Records:
World Record - 1:53.28 - Jarmila Kratochvilova (Czechoslovakia) 7/26/1983
Olympic Record - 1:53.43 - Nadezhda Olizarenko (Soviet Union) 7/28/1980
American Record - 1:56.40 - Jearl Miles Clark 8/11/99

The Favorites: (personal best/season best)
1. Pamela Jelimo, Kenya (1:54.01/1:56.76) - Reigning Olympic Champion, 2012 World Indoor Champion
2. Alysia Johnson Montano, United States (1:57.34/1:57.37) - 4th place at 2011 World Championships
3. Mariya Savinova, Russia (1:55.87/1:57.42) - 2011 World Champion

The Americans:
1. Alysia Johnson Montano (1:57.34/1:57.37) - 4th Place at 2011 World Championships
2. Geena Gall (1:59.24/1:59.24) - Semi-finalist at 2011 World Championships
3. Alice Schmidt (1:58.61/1:59.46) - Semi-finalist at 2011 World Championships

Past 800m Olympic Results: (from wiki)