Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's 800 Meter winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's 800 Meter

The 800 meter sprint for men is a mental and physical challenge for the competitors. The sport needs hard physical and mental training.

Debut in Olympics
The 800 meter sprint for men debuted in the Olympics in 1896, when modern Olympics began. Thereafter, the event has been a regular part of the Olympics.

Rules
International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has set rules for all track and field events including the 800 meter race for men. Some basic rules are:
  • The length and width of the track and the lanes have been determined by the IAAF. These specifications have to be followed.
  • The radius of the outside lane of the track should not be more than 50 meter.
  • If the participants are more than twelve, preliminary heats have to organized. The top twelve sprinters enter the next round. All sprinters have to take part in the heats.
  • If a sprinter commits more than one false start, he is disqualified from the event.
  • If an athlete obstructs another athlete on the track, he is disqualified right away.
  • For measuring the time of the competitions, a standard automatic timing device is used.
  • If a sprinter comes out of the track during the race, he is disqualified.
  • Any sprinter who does not reach the finishing line is out of the competition. He is not given any credit point.
Dominating Country
The event has been dominated by American and British sprinters.

Running Techniques
The 800 meter sprint is as much physical challenge for the competitors as the mental. The athletes need special training and conditioning to perform in the event. The competitors start in a staggered manner. For the first section of the race, they are combined to their respective lanes. Thereafter, they can violate their lanes and sprint through the inner lane of the track. An athlete has to outthink other athletes to win the race.

Great Players
Some great players of 800 meter sprint for men are Joaquim Cruz, Sammy Koskei, Wilfred Bungei, Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Patrick Ndururi, Nils Schumann, William Tanui, Wilson Kipketer, Sebastian Coe, Paul Ereng, Andre Bucher, Tom Courtney, Mal Whitfield Douglas Lowe, Vebjorn Rodal, Johnny Gray, Dave Wottle, Ralph Doubell and Peter Snell.

Men's 800 Meter Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Edwin Flack
Australia
Nándor Dáni
Hungary
Dimitrios Golemis
Greece
1900 Alfred Tysoe
Great Britain
John Cregan
United States
David Hall
United States
1904 James Lightbody
United States
Howard Valentine
United States
Emil Breitkreutz
United States
1908 Mel Sheppard
United States
Emilio Lunghi
Italy
Hanns Braun
Germany
1912 Ted Meredith
United States
Mel Sheppard
United States
Ira Davenport
United States
1920 Albert HILL
Great Britain
Earl Eby
United States
Bevil Rudd
South Africa
1924 Douglas Lowe
Great Britain
Paul Martin
Switzerland
Schuyler Enck
United States
1928 Douglas Lowe
Great Britain
Erik Byléhn
Sweden
Hermann Engelhard
Germany
1932 Tommy Hampson
Great Britain
Alex Wilson
Canada
Phil Edwards
Canada
1936 John WOODRUFF
United States

Phil Edwards
Canada
1948 Mal Whitfield
United States
Arthur Wint
Jamaica
Marcel Hansenne
France
1952 Mal Whitfield
United States
Arthur Wint
Jamaica
Heinz Ulzheimer
Germany
1956 Tom Courtney
United States
Derek Johnson
Great Britain
Audun BOYSEN
Norway
1960 Peter Snell
New Zealand
Roger Moens
Belgium
George Kerr (JAM)
British West Indies
1964 Peter Snell
New Zealand
Bill Crothers
Canada
Wilson Kiprugut
Kenya
1968 Ralph Doubell
Australia
Wilson Kiprugut
Kenya
Tom Farrell
United States
1972 Dave Wottle
United States
Yevgeny Arzhanov
Soviet Union
Mike Boit
Kenya
1976 Alberto Juantorena
Cuba
Ivo van Damme
Belgium
Richard Wohlhuter
United States
1980 Steve Ovett
Great Britain
Sebastian Coe
Great Britain
Nikolai Kirov
Soviet Union
1984 Joaquim Cruz
Brazil
Sebastian Coe
Great Britain
Earl Jones
United States
1988 Paul Ereng
Kenya
Joaquim Cruz
Brazil
Saïd Aouita
Morocco
1992 William Tanui
Kenya
Nixon Kiprotich
Kenya
Johnny Gray
United States
1996 Vebjørn Rodal
Norway
Hezekiél Sepeng
South Africa
Fred Onyancha
Kenya
2000 Nils Schumann
Germany
Wilson Kipketer
Denmark
Djabir Saïd-Guerni
Algeria
2004 Yuriy Borzakovskiy
Russia
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
South Africa
Wilson Kipketer
Denmark
2008 Wilfred Bungei
Kenya
Ismail Ahmed Ismail
Sudan
Alfred Kirwa Yego
Kenya
2012 David Rudisha
Kenya
Nijel Amos
Botswana
Timothy Kitum
Kenya
2016 David Rudisha
Kenya
Taoufik Makhloufi
Algeria
Clayton Murphy
United States