Top 10 Men’s 800m


The year 2010 has been great for the half milers around the world.  Young guns took over the men’s 800m and has provided exciting times the whole  year round. 2010 saw the downfall of the men’s world 800m record held by Wilson Kipketer since 1997 – the mind-boggling 1:41.11.

However, said record fell not just once, but twice in a span of 7 days.  Kenyan David Rudisha smashed it with a 1:41.09 last August 21, then again with a 1:41.01 last August 28.  Paving the way for a possible sub 1:41 in the  next 3 years as Rudisha matures as an athlete.

Moreover, Sudanese Abubaker Khaki registered a 1:42.23 last June 4, allowing him to become the 5th fastest man over the half mile.

Some interesting facts:

* Sebastian Coe is still the 3rd fastest man over the 800m even though his World Record was set back in 1981, or 29 years ago;

* Vebjorn Rodal’s 1:42.55 is the only mark included in the top ten that was accomplished during the Olympic Games (1996);

*Sammy Koskei held the African Continental record from 1984 until this year (2010) when Rudisha broke Kipketer’s World Record.  Kipketer ran under Denmark when he set his WR in 1997;

* David Rudisha’s WR this 2010 marks the first time that the 800m World Record is being held by an African nation;

* The fastest non-world record-setting 800m run was the 1:41.77 performance by Brazilian Joachim Cruz in 1984 (it was just .04 off Sebastian Coe’s 1:41,73).

Here are the ten fastest man over the 800 meters:

10. Vebjorn Rodal (Norway) 1:42.55 (31 July 1996) Still an Olympic Record

Rodal: The1996 Olympic 800m Gold Medalist

Major Medals over the 800m:

1994 European Championships Silver;

1995 World Championships Bronze;

1996 Olympic Games Gold

9. Andre Bucher (Switzerland) 1:42.55 (17 August 2001)

Swiss Master: Bucher (1039) of Switzerland is the 2001 World Champion over 800m

Major Medals over the 800m:

1998 European Championships Silver

2001 World Championships Gold

2001 World Indoor Championships Bronze

2002 European Championships Silver

2002 World Indoor Championships Silver

2003 IAAF World Athletics Final Bronze

8. Yuriy Borzakovskiy (Russia) 1:42.47 (24 August 2001)

Borzakovskiy: The man who denied Kipketer the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal

Major Medals over the 800m:

2000 European Indoor Championsips Gold

2001 World Indoor Championships Gold

2003 World Championships Silver

2004 Olympic Games Gold

2005 World Championships Silver

2006 World Indoor Championsips Bronze

2007 World Championships Bronze

2009 European Indoor Championships Gold

7. Wilfred Bungei (Kenya) 1:42.34 (8 September 2002)

Bungei: The 2008 Olympic 800m Gold Medalist

Major Medals over the 800m:

2001 World Championships Silver

2006 World Indoor Championships Gold

2008 Olympic Games Gold

6. Sammy Koskei (Kenya) 1:42.28 (26 August 1984)

Major Medals over the 800m:

1985 World Cup Gold

5. Abubaker Kaki (Sudan) 1:42.23 (4 June, 2010)

Kaki: At 21 years of age, is already a two-time World Indoor Champion at the 800m

Major Medals over the 800m:

2008 World Indoor Championships Gold

2010 World Indoor Championships Gold

4. Joaquim Cruz 1:41.77 (26 August 1984)

Cruz became the second man to go sub 1:42 in the 800m, several weeks before the 1984 Olympics

Major Medals over the 800m:

1983 World Championships Bronze

1984 Olympic Games Gold

1988 Olympic Games Silver

3. Sebastian Coe 1:41.73 (10 June 1981)

Coe held the 800m World Record from July 1981 until August 1997

Major Medals over the 800m:

1977 European Indoor Championships Gold

1978 European Championships Bronze

1980 Olympic Games Silver

1981 World Cup Gold

1982 European Championships Silver

1984 Olympic Games Silver

1986 European Championships Gold

2. Wilson Kipketer 1:41.11 – (24 August 1997) owns 7 of the 10 fastest times including 4 sub 1:42.

Kipketer: Held the 800m World Record from August 1997 until August 2010

Major Medals over the 800m:

1995 World Championships Gold

1997 World Championships Gold

1997 World Indoor Championships Gold

1999 World Championships Gold

1999 World Indoor Championships Silver

2000 Olympic Games Silver

2002 European Championships Gold

2003 World Indoor Championships Silver

2004 Olympic Games Bronze

1. David Rudisha 1:41.01 (28 August 2010).  Is  still flexing his muscles and may dominate the event for the next 5 years.  We might see the first 1:41m by 2011.

2010 has been a magical year for Rudisha as he registered 3 out of the 5 fastest 800m in history, including 2 WRs in a span of 7 days!

Major Medals over the 800m:

2010 Continental Cup (World Cup) Gold

Photo credits: Getty Images, Photo Run, Mens racing.com, People.com, China Daily

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4 Responses to Top 10 Men’s 800m

  1. pirieandrew says:

    Rudisha = Unbeatable.

  2. Bruce Tharp says:

    2012 could be an ameircan sweep in the 800. Webb is quickly returning to health, Wheating is young and improving by leaps and bounds and then there is Symmonds who is capable of stealing the show much like Rodal in 96.

  3. hurdler49 says:

    Legends! Lord Coe FTW!

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