Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City
Date 18 October 1968 to October 1968
Medalists
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    West Germany
«1964 1972»
Athletics at the
1968 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

These are the official results of the Men's 1500 metres event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The competition was held on 18 to the 20 of October. The Gold was won by Kenyan Kip Keino, who beat World record holder Jim Ryun, who struggled to adapt to the altitude of Mexico City.[1]

First round[edit]

Top 5 in each heat advance to semifinal.

Heat one *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Kip Keino Kenya 3:46.96
2 Bodo Tümmler West Germany 3:51.59
3 John Boulter Great Britain 3:51.63
4 Jorge Grosser Chile 3:51.79
5 Franco Arese Italy 3:51.86
6 Dave Bailey Canada 3:52.11
7 Róbert Honti Hungary 3:54.95
8 Rudolf Klaban Austria 3:59.11
9 Julio Quevedo Guatemala 4:03.13
10 Édouard Sagna Senegal 4:04.12
11 Emilio Barahona Honduras 4:56.08

Heat two *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tom Von Ruden United States 3:59.15
2 André Dehertoghe Belgium 3:59.33
3 Henryk Szordykowski Poland 3;59.34
4 Claude Nicolas France 3:59.35
5 Arnd Krüger West Germany 3:59.40
6 Renzo Finelli Italy 3:59.51
7 Ove Berg Sweden 4:00.42
8 Tom Hansen Denmark 4:01.47
9 Ramasamy Subramaniam Malaysia 4:06.49
10 Miguel Núñez Dominican Republic 4:23.67

Heat three *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Jipcho Kenya 3:46.51
2 Oleg Rayko Soviet Union 3:46.84
3 Harald Norpoth West Germany 3:47.00
4 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:47.49
5 Jacky Boxberger France 3:47.55
6 José Neri Mexico 3:47.88
7 Jorge González Spain 3:50.49
8 Ioannis Virvilis Greece 3:55.57
9 Xaver Frick, Jr. Liechtenstein 4:15.38
10 Alfredo Cubías El Salvador 4:32.58

Heat four *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Ryun United States 3:45.80
2 Hamadi Haddou Morocco 3:47.01
3 Edgard Salvé Belgium 3:47.17
4 Arne Kvalheim Norway 3:47.50
5 Norm Trerise Canada 3:47.67
6 Gianni Del Buono Italy 3:48.41
7 Peter Watson Australia 3:55.41
8 Maurice Benn Great Britain 3:56.43
9 Pekka Vasala Finland 4:08.51
10 Willie Ríos Puerto Rico 4:14.47
11 Jeff Payne Bermuda 4:18.92

Heat five *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Marty Liquori United States 3:52.78
2 Hansrüedi Knill Switzerland 3:52.87
3 John Whetton Great Britain 3:53.04
4 Ahmed Issa Chad 3:53.13
5 Mikhail Zhelobovsky Soviet Union 3:53.23
6 Matias Habtemichael Ethiopia 3:53.27
7 Anders Gärderud Sweden 3:54.28
8 Byron Dyce Jamaica 3:54.65
9 Jerzy Maluśki Poland 3:54.83
10 Frank Murphy Ireland 3:54.85
11 Rudi Simon Belgium 4:06.97
12 Arturo Córdoba Honduras 5:18.92

Semifinal[edit]

Top six in each heat advance to final.

Heat one *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bodo Tümmler West Germany 3:53.66
2 Jacky Boxberger France 3:54.00
3 Tom Von Ruden United States 3:54.12
4 Henryk Szordykowski Poland 3:54.24
5 Harald Norpoth West Germany 3:54.34
6 Ben Jipcho Kenya 3:54.69
7 Franco Arese Italy 3:54.85
8 Arne Kvalheim Norway 3:55.32
9 John Boulter Great Britain 3:56.13
10 Edgard Salvé Belgium 3:58.16
11 Mikhail Zhelobovsky Soviet Union 3:59.08
12 Hamadi Haddou Morocco 4:01.70

Heat two *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Ryun United States 3:51.25
2 Kip Keino Kenya 3:51.50
3 John Whetton Great Britain 3:52.05
4 Marty Liquori United States 3:52.17
5 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:52.53
6 André Dehertoghe Belgium 3:52.57
7 Oleg Rayko Soviet Union 3:52.73
8 Ahmed Issa Chad 3:53.26
9 Hansrüedi Knill Switzerland 3:53.65
10 Norm Trerise Canada 3:57.30
11 Claude Nicolas France 4:04.47
12 Arnd Krüger West Germany 4:05.40
Jorge Grosser Chile DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Kip Keino Kenya 3:34.91 OR
2 Jim Ryun United States 3:37.89
3 Bodo Tümmler West Germany 3:39.08
4 Harald Norpoth West Germany 3:42.57
5 John Whetton Great Britain 3:43.90
6 Jacky Boxberger France 3:46.65
7 Henryk Szordykowski Poland 3:46.69
8 Josef Odložil Czechoslovakia 3:48.69
9 Tom Von Ruden United States 3:49.27
10 Ben Jipcho Kenya 3:51.22
11 André Dehertoghe Belgium 3:53.63
12 Marty Liquori United States 4:18.22

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