2019 Doha Diary: Facts & Figures, Men's 800m Final


csm_tt-5_7652012631.jpgThis is the IAAF geek stuff to help with your appreciation of the 800m Men's final tonight.

Facts & Figures

Men's 800m Final

Tuesday 1 October

WCH all-time top-performers:

1:43.06 Billy Konchellah (KEN) Rome 1987 Gold
1:43.30 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) Seville 1999 Gold
1:43.31 Mohammed Aman (ETH) Moscow 2013 Gold

Slowest winning time:

1:47.09 Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) Osaka 2007

Biggest margin of victory:

0.85 Andre Bucher (SUI) ahead of Wilfred Bungei (KEN) in 2001

Smallest margin of victory:

0.01 Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) ahead of Gary Reed (CAN) in 2007

Multiple winners:

3 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1995, 1997, 1999

2 David Rudisha (KEN) 2011, 2015
Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1987, 1991

Most medals by country:

11 Kenya (6g-2s-3b)
4 Russia (2s-2b)

3 Denmark (3g)
South Africa (1g-1s-1s)
Poland (2s-1b)
USA (1s-2b)
Brazil (1s-2b)

Interesting to know:

  • Kenya and South Africa have won men's and women's 800m titles at the same World Championships: Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) and Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) in Osaka 2007; Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) and Caster Semenya (RSA) in Berlin 2009.
  • Kenya is the only nation to win multiple men's 800m medals: in Stuttgart 1993 through Paul Ruto (gold) and Billy Konchellah (bronze).
  • Only David Rudisha (KEN) has won both world and Olympic titles.
  • Only Rashid Ramzi (BRN) has won 800m and 1500m titles at the same World Championships, in Helsinki 2005.
  • No athlete has done the 400m-800m double.
  • No athlete from the London 2017 final made it through the Doha 2019 semi-finals.
  • 1:44.73 by Wilfred Bungei (KEN) in Edmonton 2001 was the fastest first round time. 1:45.16 by Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (KEN) was the fastest at Doha 2019.
  • 1:43.87 by Duane Solomon (USA) in Moscow 2013 was the fastest semi-final time. 1:43.96 by Wesley Vazquez (PUR) was the fastest in Doha 2019.
  • 1:44.89 by Brandon Johnson (USA) in Moscow 2013 was the fastest non-qualifying time in a semi-final. 1:45.15 by Eliot Giles (GBR) was the fastest non-qualifier in Doha 2019.
  • Qatar's Abubaker Abdalla ran the fastest first lap ever at a world championships in Sunday's semi-finals, clocking 48.72 at the bell. He then ran 58.15 for the second 400m. The previous quickest split was 49.68 by Wilson Kipketer (DEN) in 1987.
  • Can Donavan Brazier win a first crown for USA?

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