Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 800m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates12 August 2016 (heats)
13 August 2016 (semifinals)
15 August 2016 (final)
Competitors58 from 39 nations
Winning time1:42.15
   United States
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The men's 800 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 12–15 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]


Kenya's David Rudisha entered the competition as the reigning 2012 Olympic champion and the 2015 World Champion. He also held the season's fastest time at 1:43.35 minutes.[2] His principal challengers included Kenyans Alfred Kipketer and Ferguson Rotich, the African champion Nijel Amos of Botswana, and Olympic 1500 metres champion Taoufik Makhloufi.[3]

In the first round, Amos was a surprise elimination, faring poorly at the end of a slow, tactical race.[4] The semi-finals saw the elimination of world #1 Amel Tuka who has not shown evidence of his finishing kick this year, and world championship silver medalist Adam Kszczot. Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Algerian Makhloufi shared the semi-final's leading time of 1:43.85 in the first semi-final, with Rudisha just three hundredths slower. Kipketer won the third semi-final.[5]

In the final, Kenyan trials winner Kipketer took the lead, closing off Rudisha's challenge after the break. Kipketer took the 200 in 23.2 and continued to lead at 400 in 49.3 but Rudisha was just a step behind. Through the turn, Rudisha went around Kipketer and accelerated down the backstretch. The next chaser was Bosse, in position to challenge at the 600 metres in 1:16.1, but most of the field was really in contention, within about a second. Through the final turn, Rudisha established separation, with Bosse the last to fall off. Taoufik Makhloufi tracked Bosse through the turn and sped by as they hit the straightaway. Makhloufi took off in chase of Rudisha but was too far back to make any headway. Clayton Murphy came from sixth place to sprint past Bosse to take the bronze.[6]

While it was "only" Rudisha's eleventh best performance, only four other men have ever run faster. It was also Rudisha's best race since 2012. Makhloufi set the national record for Algeria and became the seventeenth fastest man in history. Murphy became #31 and the #3 American in history.[7] Rudisha joined Douglas Lowe, Mal Whitfield and Peter Snell in defending the Olympic 800 metres championship, the first to accomplish the feat in over 50 years.[8]


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 London, United Kingdom 9 August 2012
Olympic record  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 London, United Kingdom 9 August 2012
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 1:40.91 WR David Rudisha  Kenya
Asia (records) 1:42.79 Yusuf Saad Kamel  Bahrain
Europe (records) 1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark
North, Central America
and Caribbean
1:42.60 Johnny Gray  United States
Oceania (records) 1.44.3+ Peter Snell  New Zealand
South America (records) 1:41.77 Joaquim Cruz  Brazil

The following national record was established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Algeria  Taoufik Makhloufi (ALG) Final 1:42.61


All times are Brasília Time (UTC−3).

Date Time Round
Friday, 12 August 2016 10:10Heats
Saturday, 13 August 2016 22:08Semifinals
Monday, 15 August 2016 22:25Finals



Qualification rule: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.[9]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Ayanleh Souleiman Djibouti 1:45.48 Q
2 Amel Tuka Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:45.72 Q
3 Boris Berian United States 1:45.87 Q
4 Kléberson Davide Brazil 1:46.14 q
5 Žan Rudolf Slovenia 1:46.93 SB
6 Antoine Gakeme Burundi 1:47.46
7 Musa Hajdari Kosovo 1:48.41
Abraham Rotich Bahrain DQ R163.3a

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Adam Kszczot Poland 1:45.83 Q
2 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich Kenya 1:46.00 Q
3 Andrés Arroyo Puerto Rico 1:46.17 Q
4 Hamada Mohamed Egypt 1:46.65 q
5 Rafith Rodríguez Colombia 1:46.65 SB
6 Boitumelo Masilo Botswana 1:48.48
7 Luke Mathews Australia 1:50.17
8 Brice Etès Monaco 1:50.40

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 David Rudisha Kenya 1:45.09 Q
2 Reinhardt van Rensburg South Africa 1:45.67 Q, SB
3 Michael Rimmer Great Britain 1:45.99 Q
4 Clayton Murphy United States 1:46.18 q
5 Jinson Johnson India 1:47.27
6 Anthony Romaniw Canada 1:47.59
7 Lutimar Paes Brazil 1:48.38
8 Benjamín Enzema Equatorial Guinea 1:52.14
9 Alex Beddoes Cook Islands 1:52.76 PB

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Alfred Kipketer Kenya 1:46.61 Q
2 Andreas Bube Denmark 1:46.67 Q
3 Yassine Hathat Algeria 1:46.81 Q
4 Álvaro de Arriba Spain 1:46.86
5 Wesley Vázquez Puerto Rico 1:46.96
6 Charles Jock United States 1:47.06
7 Elliot Giles Great Britain 1:47.88
8 Yiech Biel Refugee Olympic Team 1:54.67
Joshua Ilustre Guam DQ R163.3a

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Taoufik Makhloufi Algeria 1:49.17 Q
2 Mostafa Smaili Morocco 1:49.29 Q
3 Giordano Benedetti Italy 1:49.40 Q
4 Sho Kawamoto Japan 1:49.41
5 Jacob Rozani South Africa 1:49.79
6 Jozef Repčík Slovakia 1:49.95
7 Nijel Amos Botswana 1:50.46
8 Kevin López Spain 1:53.41

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Brandon McBride Canada 1:45.99 Q
2 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:46.35 Q
3 Mark English Ireland 1:46.40 Q
4 Jeff Riseley Australia 1:46.93
5 Abubaker Haydar Abdalla Qatar 1:47.81
6 Pol Moya Andorra 1:48.88
7 Alex Amankwah Ghana 1:50.33
N/A Abdelati El Guesse Morocco N/A DNF

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse France 1:48.12 Q
2 Mohammed Aman Ethiopia 1:48.33 Q
3 Amine Belferar Algeria 1:48.40 Q
4 Daniel Andújar Spain 1:48.50
5 Charles Grethen Luxembourg 1:48.93
6 Peter Bol Australia 1:49.36
7 Francky-Edgard Mbotto Central African Republic 1:52.97
N/A Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla Qatar N/A DNS


Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final.

Semifinal 1

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse France 1:43.85 Q, SB
2 Taoufik Makhloufi Algeria 1:43.85 Q, SB
3 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:44.56 q, SB
4 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich Kenya 1:44.65 q
5 Mostafa Smaili Morocco 1:45.78
6 Kléberson Davide Brazil 1:46.19
7 Andrés Arroyo Puerto Rico 1:46.74
8 Michael Rimmer Great Britain 1:46.80

Semifinal 2

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Alfred Kipketer Kenya 1:44.38 Q
2 Boris Berian United States 1:44.56 Q
3 Yassine Hathat Algeria 1:44.81 PB
4 Amel Tuka Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:45.24
5 Reinhardt van Rensburg South Africa 1:45.33 PB
6 Brandon McBride Canada 1:45.41
7 Andreas Bube Denmark 1:45.87 SB
8 Mohammed Aman Ethiopia 1:46.14

Semifinal 3

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 David Rudisha Kenya 1:43.88 Q
2 Clayton Murphy United States 1:44.30 Q, PB
3 Adam Kszczot Poland 1:44.70
4 Ayanleh Souleiman Djibouti 1:45.19
5 Mark English Ireland 1:45.93
6 Giordano Benedetti Italy 1:46.41 SB
7 Amine Belferar Algeria 1:46.55
8 Hamada Mohamed Egypt 1:48.17


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) David Rudisha Kenya 1:42.15 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) Taoufik Makhloufi Algeria 1:42.61 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Clayton Murphy United States 1:42.93 PB
4 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse France 1:43.41 SB
5 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich Kenya 1:43.55 SB
6 Marcin Lewandowski Poland 1:44.20 SB
7 Alfred Kipketer Kenya 1:46.02
8 Boris Berian United States 1:46.15


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