Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 17–21 October
Competitors 50 from 34 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    New Zealand
Silver medal    Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal    New Zealand
«1960 1968»
Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's 1500 metres was the third-longest of the seven men's track races in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 17 October, 19 October, and 21 October 1964. 50 athletes from 34 nations entered, with 7 not starting the first round. The first round was held on 17 October, with the semifinals on 19 October and the final on 21 October.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

The top four runners in each of the 4 heats advanced, as well as the next two fastest runners from across all heats.

First round, heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Witold Baran Poland 3:45.3
2 John Davies New Zealand 3:45.5
3 Dyrol Burleson United States 3:45.6
4 Ergas Leps Canada 3:46.4
5 William Mckim Great Britain 3:46.8
6 Hans-Ruedi Knill Switzerland 3:47.2
7 Denos Adjima Beche Ivory Coast 3:53.5
8 Basil Clifford Ireland 3:54.9
9 Neville Myton Jamaica 3:57.0
10 R. Subramaniam Malaysia 3:59.4
Ahmed Issa Chad Did not start
Nguyet Van Ly Vietnam Did not start
J. G. Neira Carvajal Colombia Did not start

First round, heat 2[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Michel Bernard France 3:44.1
2 Jurgen May Germany 3:44.2
3 John Whetton Great Britain 3:44.2
4 Jim Ryun United States 3:44.4
5 Karl-Uno Olofsson Sweden 3:44.8
6 Olavi Salonen Finland 3:46.8
7 Francesco Bianchi Italy 3:47.9
8 Ebrahim Yazdanpanah Iran 3:54.8
9 Albert George Thomas Australia 3:54.9
10 Tira Klai Arngtong Thailand 4:08.7
Muharrem Dalkilic Turkey Did not start
Jean Randrianjatovo Madagascar Did not start

First round, heat 3[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Kipchoge Keino Kenya 3:45.8
2 Wolf-Dieter Holtz Germany 3:46.6
3 Tom O'Hara United States 3:46.7
4 Peter Snell New Zealand 3:46.8
5 Stig Lindback Sweden 3:47.1
6 Volker Tulzer Austria 3:49.0
7 Rolf Jelinek Switzerland 3:51.2
8 Michel Medinger Luxembourg 3:51.8
9 Chung Kyo Mo South Korea 3:53.0
10 Hugo Walser Liechtenstein 3:53.3
11 Anar Khan Pakistan 3:56.7
Michel Jazy France Did not start
Manuel Oliveira Portugal Did not start

First round, heat 4[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Alan Simpson Great Britain 3:42.8
2 Jean Wadoux France 3:43.0
3 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:43.2
4 Eugene Allonsius Belgium 3:43.3
5 Simo Vazic Yugoslavia 3:43.7
6 Siegried Valentin Germany 3:44.9
7 Sebsibe Mamo Ethiopia 3:45.8
8 Ivan Belitsky Soviet Union 3:46.7
9 Attila Simon Hungary 3:49.1
10 Yamaguchi Toichi Japan 3:56.7
11 Eric Donu Amevor Ghana 3:58.4
12 Patrick Field Hong Kong 4:02.6

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest four runners in each of the two semifinals and the fastest remaining runner qualified for the final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 3:38.8
2 Witold Baran Poland 3:38.9
3 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:39.3
4 Michel Bernard France 3:39.7
5 John Whetton Great Britain 3:39.9
6 Wolf-Dieter Holtz Germany 3:42.3
7 Karl-Uno Olofsson Sweden 3:44.8
8 Ergas Leps Canada 3:51.2
9 Jim Ryun United States 3:55.0

Semifinal 2[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Dyrol Burleson United States 3:41.5
2 Alan Simpson Great Britain 3:41.5
3 John Davies New Zealand 3:41.9
4 Jean Wadoux France 3:41.9
5 Kipchoge Keino Kenya 3:41.9
6 Eugene Allonsius Belgium 3:41.9
7 Tom O'Hara United States 3:43.4
8 Jurgen May Germany 3:46.8
9 Simo Vazic Yugoslavia 3:48.3

Final[edit]

Splits were recorded at 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1200 metres. Bernard led after the first lap, Odlozil and Davies were in front after two, and Baran had the lead at the end of the third lap. Snell, who had already successfully defended his 800 metre title, finished strong. He crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of anyone else.

Place Athlete Nation Time Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 3:38.1 0:58.8 2:00.7 2:59.5
2 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:39.6 0:59.2 2:00.5 2:59.7
3 John Davies New Zealand 3:39.6 0:59.0 2:00.5 2:59.3
4 Alan Simpson Great Britain 3:39.7 0:58.9 2:01.0 3:00.0
5 Dyrol Burleson United States 3:40.0 0:58.3 2:01.1 2:59.6
6 Witold Baran Poland 3:40.3 0:58.7 2:00.8 2:59.4
7 Michel Bernard France 3:41.2 0:58.0 2:01.3 2:59.7
8 John Whetton Great Britain 3:42.4 0:58.5 2:00.7 2:59.9
9 Jean Wadoux France 3:45.4 0:59.3 2:01.5 3:00.3

References[edit]

  • Official Report