Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

Athletics At The 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 Metres

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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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The women's 800 metres at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics was won by Briton Kelly Holmes, who ran a tactical race, coming from the back of the field. Hasna Benhassi of Morocco and Jolanda Čeplak of Slovenia finished strongly, taking Silver and Bronze respectively, and beating defending champion, pre-race favourite and Holmes' training partner, Maria de Lurdes Mutola of Mozambique, who finished fourth.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.


Round 1


Semifinal 1

Leader after 400m: - 57.18

Semifinal 2

Leader after 400m: - 57.85

Semifinal 3

Leader after 400m: - 57.84


The final started with a fast first 200 metres, but Kelly Holmes and Maria de Lurdes Mutola were last at this stage. As the pace slowed, Mutola and Holmes moved forwards through the field. The time at 400metres was 56.37 seconds, with American Jearl Miles Clark leading. They entered the finishing straight with Mutola taking the lead, before Holmes took the lead and held off Mutola to take gold. Hasna Benhassi and Jolanda Čeplak finished strongly, both with a time of 1:56.43s, Benhassi winning silver in a photo finish. Mutola was forced into fourth place. Holmes' face lit up as she crossed the line, but then, unsure of the result, she anxiously waited for the times to come up.

Holmes had only decided to enter the 800 metres at the last moment, and went on to also win gold in her preferred...
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