LONDON -- Mariya Savinova of Russia added the London Olympics 800-meter title to the world championship she won at that distance last year, passing defending champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya and others to win the two-lap race Saturday in a season-best time of 1 minute 56.19 seconds.
Caster Semenya of South Africa made a late push to finish second in a season-best 1:57.23 and Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia was third in a personal-best 1:57.53.
Jelimo, who had been favored, finished fourth in 1:57.59.
Alysia Johnson Montano of Canyon Country, Calif., who always wears a flower in her hair when she runs, led after a 56.31-second first lap but was passed by Jelimo early in the second lap.
Johnson Montano finished fifth in 1:57.93.