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

Women's 800 Meter

The 800 meter event requires tough training and physical stamina. It is called the game of thinking athlete.

Debut in Olympics
The 800 meter event debuted in the Olympics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games. Thereafter, the event has been played regularly in the Olympics.

Rules
International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has standardized the rules of the games. In the Olympics, the rules set by the IAAF are followed.
  • The time taken by the athletes in the races is measured by an automatic timing device approved by the IAAF.
  • Any runner found obstructing her competitors' way on the track faces disqualification.
  • The runners are not permitted to run inside the inner curve of the track.
  • The length of the track used for the track events during the Olympics and the width of each lane on the track are specified by the IAAF.
  • The radius of the outermost lane of the running track has been set by the IAAF to maximum 50 meter.
  • A runner leaving the track during the race is considered to be out of the event.
  • The runner is not given any credit until she finishes the race.
  • Preliminary heats are organized for the selection of the athletes in the next round. Participation in the heats is must for all athletes.
  • Stepping on the inner line of the track is not allowed
  • Any athlete with two false starts in the race attracts instant disqualification.
Event Demands
The 800 meter sprint event demands great physical stamina and physical tenacity. Only the capacity to run fast does not work here. The sprinters required special training and condition to excel in the event. They have to think constantly and control their speed. Only thinking athletes are able to compete well in the event.

Great Sprinters
Well-known sprinters in 800 meter sprint for women are Jolanda Ceplak, Maria Mutola, Doina Melinte, Tatyana Kazankina, Sigrun Grau, Ana Fidelia Quirot, Nadezhda Olizarenko, Olga Mineyeva, Lina Radke, Lyudmila Shevtsova, Ann Packer, Christine Wachtel, Jarmila Kratochvilova, and Madeline Manning.

Women's 800 Meter Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1928 Lina Radke
Germany
Kinue Hitomi
Japan
Inga Gentzel
Sweden
1960 Lyudmila Lisenko-Shevtsova
Soviet Union
Brenda Jones
Australia
Ursula Donath
United Team Of Germany
1964 Ann Packer
Great Britain
Maryvonne Dupureur
France
Marise Chamberlain
New Zealand
1968 Madeline Manning
United States
Ileana Silai
Romania
Maria Gommers
Netherlands
1972 Hildegard Falck
West Germany
Nijole Sabaite
Soviet Union
Gunhild Hoffmeister
East Germany
1976 Tatyana Kazankina
Soviet Union
Nikolina Shtereva
Bulgaria
Elfi Zinn
East Germany
1980 Nadezhda Olizarenko
Soviet Union
Olga Mineeva
Soviet Union
Tatiana Providokhina
Soviet Union
1984 Doina Melinte
Romania
Kim Gallagher
United States
Fita Lovin
Romania
1988 Sigrun WODARS
East Germany
Christine Wachtel
East Germany
Kim Gallagher
United States
1992 Ellen van Langen
Netherlands
Liliya NURUTDINOVA
Unified Team
Ana Fidelia Quirot
Cuba
1996 Svetlana Masterkova
Russia
Ana Fidelia Quirot
Cuba
Maria de Lurdes Mutola
Mozambique
2000 Maria de Lurdes Mutola
Mozambique
Stephanie Graf
Austria
Kelly Holmes
Great Britain
2004 Kelly Holmes
Great Britain
Hasna Benhassi
Morocco
Jolanda Ceplak
Slovenia
2008 Pamela Jelimo
Kenya
Janeth Jepkosgei
Kenya
Hasna Benhassi
Morocco
2012 Mariya Savinova
Russia
Caster Semenya
South Africa
Ekaterina Poistogova
Russia
2016 Caster Semenya
South Africa
Francine Niyonsaba
Burundi
Margaret Wambui
Kenya