This is the only event in the heptathlon that is purely endurance based. The event see’s athletes compete over 2 laps of the track and is the final event in the heptathlon. After the 800m in a heptathlon points are totaled up and the winner is the person with the most amount of points over the seven events. There is a common mistake that the winner of the 800m is the overall winner of the heptathlon event.
The men’s world record is 1:41.01 David Rudisha and the women’s world record is 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvilova