2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 1500 metres

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The men's 1500 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium between 15–19 August. Among the favoured athletes in the event were defending champion Bernard Lagat, European champion Mehdi Baala, and the Kenyan season leaders Asbel Kiprop, Haron Keitany and Augustine Choge.[1]

All the favoured athletes progressed through a series of tactically-run heats on the first day of competition, with Baala, Kiprop, Choge and Deresse Mekonnen the four race winners.[2] Moroccan Amine Laalou won the first semi-final, followed by Americans Lopez Lomong and Lagat, while Kiprop and Leonel Manzano both finished quickly to take the top two qualifying spots in the second race. The only high-profile athlete to be eliminated in the semi-finals was Keitany, who did not start, putting an end to any hopes of a Kenyan medal sweep.[3]

The final race began slowly and, as the athletes reached the last lap, they remained in a tight pack led by Mekonnen. Choge and Mohamed Moustaoui closely followed as he approached the final straight, but the race remained open.[4] Yusuf Saad Kamel took the lead in the final straight, scoring a surprise gold medal.[5] Mekonnen maintained his pace to take the silver medal and defending champion Lagat had a quick burst near the finish to win the bronze. Kiprop, one of the pre-race favourites, left himself too much ground to cover, eventually ending up fourth, with Choge and Baala alongside him.[4]

Bahrain's Kamel, born in Kenya as Gregory Konchellah, followed in the footsteps of his father Billy Konchellah, who won the 800 m at the 1987 and 1991 World Championships.[5] Mekonnen's silver was Ethiopia's first ever World Championship medal in the 1500 m.[4] Lagat's bronze was his third in the 1500 m, after his silver in 2001 and a gold in 2007.[5]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Yusuf Saad Kamel
 Bahrain
Deresse Mekonnen
 Ethiopia
Bernard Lagat
 United States

Records[edit]

World record  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Championship record  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:27.65 Seville, Spain 14 August 1999
World Leading  Augustine Choge (KEN) 3:29.47 Berlin, Germany 14 June 2009
African record  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Asian record  Rashid Ramzi (BHR) 3:29.14 Rome, Italy 14 July 2006
North American record  Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:29.30 Rieti, Italy 28 August 2005
South American record  Hudson de Souza (BRA) 3:33.25 Rieti, Italy 28 August 2005
European record  Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:28.95 Zürich, Switzerland 13 August 1997
Oceanian record  Simon Doyle (AUS) 3:31.96 Stockholm, Sweden 3 July 1991

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
3:36.20 3:39.30

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 15, 2009 18:15 Heats
August 17, 2009 20:10 Semifinals
August 19, 2009 20:25 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 5 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinal.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Deresse Mekonnen  Ethiopia 3:37.04 Q
2 4 Haron Keitany  Kenya 3:37.13 Q
3 4 James Brewer  Great Britain 3:37.17 Q, PB
4 4 Mohamed Moustaoui  Morocco 3:37.34 Q
5 4 Yusuf Saad Kamel  Bahrain 3:37.59 Q
6 4 Reyes Estévez  Spain 3:38.23 q, SB
7 4 Nathan Brannen  Canada 3:38.35 q
8 4 Dorian Ulrey  United States 3:38.86 q
9 4 Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria 3:40.04 q
10 4 Stefan Eberhardt  Germany 3:40.05
11 2 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:41.42 Q
12 2 Bernard Lagat  United States 3:41.60 Q
13 2 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 3:41.77 Q
14 2 Rui Silva  Portugal 3:41.98 Q
15 4 Mounir Yemmouni  France 3:42.06
16 2 Peter van der Westhuizen  South Africa 3:42.33 Q
17 2 Antar Zerguelaïne  Algeria 3:42.37
18 2 Thomas Chamney  Ireland 3:42.54
19 2 Thomas Lancashire  Great Britain 3:42.68
20 1 Mehdi Baala  France 3:42.77 Q
21 1 Leonel Manzano  United States 3:42.87 Q
22 1 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:42.88 Q
23 1 Jeffrey Riseley  Australia 3:43.03 Q
24 1 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:43.06 Q
25 1 Arturo Casado  Spain 3:43.21
26 1 Mekonnen Gebremedhin  Ethiopia 3:43.22
27 1 Christian Obrist  Italy 3:43.41
28 4 Tiidrek Nurme  Estonia 3:43.73 SB
29 1 Hais Welday  Eritrea 3:43.84
30 2 Carsten Schlangen  Germany 3:44.00
31 1 Goran Nava  Serbia 3:44.13
32 3 Augustine Kiprono Choge  Kenya 3:44.73 Q
33 3 Amine Laâlou  Morocco 3:44.75 Q
34 2 Ryan Gregson  Australia 3:44.79
35 3 Lopez Lomong  United States 3:44.89 Q
36 3 Andrew Baddeley  Great Britain 3:45.23 Q
37 3 Henok Legesse  Ethiopia 3:45.63 Q
38 3 Tarek Boukensa  Algeria 3:45.65
39 3 Kristof van Malderen  Belgium 3:46.03
40 3 Yoann Kowal  France 3:46.42
41 3 Johan Cronje  South Africa 3:46.45
42 3 Jeremy Roff  Australia 3:47.08
43 2 Abdalla Abdelgadir  Sudan 3:47.78
44 1 Mohammed Othman Shaween  Saudi Arabia 3:49.03
45 2 Byron Piedra  Ecuador 3:49.60
46 3 Mohamad Al-Garni  Qatar 3:50.55
47 1 Chauncy Master  Malawi 3:50.73
48 3 Álvaro Vásquez  Nicaragua 3:55.06 PB
49 4 Víctor Martínez  Andorra 4:02.10 SB
50 2 Hem Bunting  Cambodia 4:08.64 SB
51 1 Abdallahi Nanou  Mauritania 4:09.77 PB
52 2 Benjamín Enzema  Equatorial Guinea 4:13.17 PB
53 3 Antoine Berlin  Monaco 4:27.52
1 Boampouguini Djigban  Togo DNF

Key: PB = Personal best, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification: First 5 in each semifinal(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:36.24 Q
2 2 Leonel Manzano  United States 3:36.29 Q
3 2 Augustine Kiprono Choge  Kenya 3:36.43 Q
4 1 Amine Laâlou  Morocco 3:36.68 Q
5 1 Lopez Lomong  United States 3:36.75 Q
6 1 Bernard Lagat  United States 3:36.86 Q
6 2 Deresse Mekonnen  Ethiopia 3:36.86 Q
8 1 Yusuf Saad Kamel  Bahrain 3:36.87 Q
8 2 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:36.87 Q
10 2 Mohamed Moustaoui  Morocco 3:36.94 q
11 1 Mehdi Baala  France 3:37.07 Q
12 2 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:37.19 q
13 1 James Brewer  Great Britain 3:37.27
14 1 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 3:37.33
15 2 Reyes Estévez  Spain 3:37.55 SB
16 1 Henok Legesse  Ethiopia 3:37.79
17 2 Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria 3:37.87
18 2 Jeffrey Riseley  Australia 3:38.00
19 2 Andrew Baddeley  Great Britain 3:38.23
20 1 Nathan Brannen  Canada 3:38.97
21 2 Dorian Ulrey  United States 3:39.33
22 1 Peter van der Westhuizen  South Africa 3:40.00
23 1 Rui Silva  Portugal 3:41.30
1 Haron Keitany  Kenya DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Yusuf Saad Kamel  Bahrain 3:35.93
2 Deresse Mekonnen  Ethiopia 3:36.01
3 Bernard Lagat  United States 3:36.20
4 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:36.47
5 Augustine Kiprono Choge  Kenya 3:36.53
6 Mohamed Moustaoui  Morocco 3:36.57
7 Mehdi Baala  France 3:36.99
8 Lopez Lomong  United States 3:37.62
9 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:37.72
10 Amine Laâlou  Morocco 3:37.83
11 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:38.35
12 Leonel Manzano  United States 3:40.05

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Men's 1500m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-15). Event Report - Men's 1500m - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-19.
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-17). Event Report - Men's 1500m - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-19.
  4. ^ a b c Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-19). Event Report - Men's 1500m - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-19.
  5. ^ a b c Butcher, Pat (2009-08-19). Mekonnen Berlin 2009 - Day 5 SUMMARY - 19 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-19.