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  • The 800 m at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 25 to August 28. The final was tactical, like the previous several Olympics with most athletes running faster to qualify than they ran in the final. Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Mouhssin Chehibi lagged significantly off the pace as world champion Djabir Saïd-Guerni and 2004 world leader Wilfred Bungei battled for the lead, chased closely by Bungei's second cousin, world record holder Wilson Kipketer. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi had lucked into the slowest qualifying time in the semi final round, ran comfortably in a box inside of Kipketer through 500 meters as Borzakovskiy and Chehibi joined the back of the pack. Guerni fell back as the cousins battled for the lead through the final turn, with Mulaudzi a step back and Borzakovskiy the final athlete in the breakaway. Coming off the turn, Kipketer pounced and took off for the finish in lane 2. But the always fast closing Borzakovskiy came along the outside from 5 meters back to catch Kipketer 30 meters out. Not giving up the fight, Mulaudzi pulled even with Kipketer. Borzakovskiy held his hands up with a meter victory, while Mulaudzi out leaned Kipketer for silver.

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