Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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The 1500 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Monday 25 September, Wednesday 27 September, and Friday 29 September 2000.

The top six runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the semifinals. The next six fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. Those 24 runners competed in 2 heats in the semifinals, with the top five runners from each heat qualifying for the finals and the next two fastest runner from the semifinals also qualified.

World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj was the clear favorite coming into the race, but he had a reputation for setting records in races set up by a pacemaker. His countryman Youssef Baba provided the service, sacrificing his own ambition in the final, he took the pace out in 54.14, the two Moroccan teammates leading the two Kenyan challengers Noah Ngeny and Bernard Lagat, separating from the rest of the field. On the second lap the pace lagged to 60.63, letting the other runners back in. Baba disappeared quickly leaving El Guerrouj to burn off the Kenyans taking the third lap in 56.90. But the Kenyans remained close with Mehdi Baala a step behind. Through the final turn Ngeny executed a textbook kick, moving onto El Guerrouj's shoulder, sliding into the second lane and sprinting past him for the gold. Lagat moved into lane 3 with hopes of passing as well but ran out of real estate to take the bronze.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Noah Ngeny
Kenya (KEN)
Silver  Hicham El Guerrouj
Morocco (MAR)
Bronze  Bernard Lagat
Kenya (KEN)

Records[edit]

World Record 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic Record 3:32.53 Sebastian Coe Great Britain Los Angeles, California, United States 11 August 1984

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 4 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1 3:38.57 Q
2 5 Jose Antonio Redolat Spain 7 3:38.66 Q
3 10 Kamel Boulahfane Algeria 10 3:39.01 Q
4 11 John Mayock Great Britain 3 3:39.08 Q
5 12 Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia 8 3:39.09 Q
6 13 Michael Stember United States 12 3:39:13 Q
7 15 Julius Achon Uganda 6 3:39.40 q
8 19 William Chirchir Kenya 5 3:40.22
9 23 James Nolan Ireland 13 3:40.50
10 33 Darko Radomirović Yugoslavia 11 3:43.57
11 35 Nick Howarth Australia 4 3:45.46
12 36 Branko Zorko Croatia 9 3:46.16
13 37 Francis Fanelo Munthali Malawi 1 3:46.34 NR
Heat 2 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 21 Mehdi Baala France 3 3:40.35 Q
2 22 Bernard Lagat Kenya 5 3:40.42 Q
3 24 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 1 3:40.60 Q
4 25 Kevin Sullivan Canada 12 3:40.80 Q
5 26 Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia 2 3:40.91 Q
6 27 Gabriel Jennings United States 14 3:40:96 Q
7 28 Adil Kaouch Morocco 13 3:41.06
8 29 Mohamed Khaldi Algeria 6 3:41.16
9 30 Vyacheslav Shabunin Russia 7 3:41.52
10 31 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 9 3:41.80
11 34 Alexis Sharangabo Rwanda 8 3:44.06
12 38 Chungu Chipako Zambia 11 3:49.79
13 40 Jose Luis Ebatela Nvo Equatorial Guinea 4 4:06.14
14 41 Anthony Whiteman Great Britain 4 DNF
Heat 3 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Noah Ngeny Kenya 7 3:38.03 Q
2 2 Noureddine Morceli Algeria 14 3:38.41 Q
3 3 Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain 3 3:38.54 Q
4 6 Youssef Baba Morocco 1 3:38.68 Q
5 7 Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia 4 3:38.79 Q
6 8 Driss Maazouzi France 5 3:38:88 Q
7 9 Jason Pyrah United States 13 3:38.94 q
8 14 Marko Koers Netherlands 9 3:39.16 q
9 16 Mohammed Yagoub Sudan 12 3:39.52 q
10 17 Hudson de Souza Brazil 2 3:39.70 q
11 18 Andrew Graffin Great Britain 6 3:39:75 q
12 20 Ibrahim Mohamud Aden Gedi Somalia 11 3:40.33
13 32 Rui Silva Portugal 10 3:41.93
14 39 Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel Mauritania 8 4:03.74 PB

Overall Results Round 1

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Noah Ngeny Kenya 3 7 1 3:38.03 Q
2 Noureddine Morceli Algeria 3 14 2 3:38.41 Q
3 Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain 3 3 3 3:38.54 Q
4 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1 1 1 3:38.57 Q
5 Jose Antonio Redolat Spain 1 7 2 3:38.66 Q
6 Youssef Baba Morocco 3 1 4 3:38.68 Q
7 Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia 3 4 5 3:38.79 Q
8 Driss Maazouzi France 3 5 6 3:38:88 Q
9 Jason Pyrah United States 3 13 7 3:38.94 q
10 Kamel Boulahfane Algeria 1 10 3 3:39.01 Q
11 John Mayock Great Britain 1 3 4 3:39.08 Q
12 Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia 1 8 5 3:39.09 Q
13 Michael Stember United States 1 12 6 3:39:13 Q
14 Marko Koers Netherlands 3 9 8 3:39.16 q
15 Julius Achon Uganda 1 6 7 3:39.40 q
16 Mohammed Yagoub Sudan 3 12 9 3:39.52 q
17 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3 2 10 3:39.70 q
18 Andrew Graffin Great Britain 3 6 11 3:39:75 q
19 William Chirchir Kenya 1 5 8 3:40.22
20 Ibrahim Mohamud Aden Gedi Somalia 3 11 12 3:40.33
21 Mehdi Baala France 2 3 1 3:40.35 Q
22 Bernard Lagat Kenya 2 5 2 3:40.42 Q
23 James Nolan Ireland 1 13 9 3:40.50
24 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 2 1 3 3:40.60 Q
25 Kevin Sullivan Canada 2 12 4 3:40.80 Q
26 Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia 2 2 5 3:40.91 Q
27 Gabriel Jennings United States 2 14 6 3:40.96 Q
28 Adil Kaouch Morocco 2 13 7 3:41.06
29 Mohamed Khaldi Algeria 2 6 8 3:41.16
30 Vyacheslav Shabunin Russia 2 7 9 3:41.52
31 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 2 9 10 3:41.80
32 Rui Silva Portugal 3 10 13 3:41.93
33 Darko Radomirović Yugoslavia 1 11 10 3:43.57
34 Alexis Sharangabo Rwanda 2 8 11 3:44.06
35 Nick Howarth Australia 1 4 11 3:45.46
36 Branko Zorko Croatia 1 9 12 3:46.16
37 Francis Fanelo Munthali Malawi 1 1 13 3:46.34 NR
38 Chungu Chipako Zambia 2 11 12 3:49.79
39 Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel Mauritania 3 8 14 4:03.74 PB
40 Jose Luis Ebatela Nvo Equatorial Guinea 2 4 13 4:06.14
41 Anthony Whiteman Great Britain 2 10 DNF

Semi-Finals[edit]

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 8 Noah Ngeny Kenya 12 3:39.29 Q
2 10 Kevin Sullivan Canada 2 3:39.66 Q
3 11 Jason Pyrah United States 11 3:40.04 Q
4 13 Youssef Baba Morocco 9 3:40.16 Q
5 14 Driss Maazouzi France 8 3:40.23 Q
6 15 Julius Achon Uganda 6 3:40:32
7 16 Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia 10 3:49.92
8 17 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3 3:41.00
9 19 Michael Stember United States 1 3:42.30
10 20 Andrew Graffin Great Britain 7 3:42.72
11 22 Jose Antonio Redolat Spain 5 3:45.46
12 24 Noureddine Morceli Algeria 4 4:00.78
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 6 3:37.60 Q
2 2 Bernard Lagat Kenya 10 3:37.84 Q
3 3 Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia 11 3:38.08 Q
4 4 Mehdi Baala France 4 3:38.15 Q
5 5 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 12 3:38.37 Q
6 6 Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain 2 3:38:41 q
7 7 John Mayock Great Britain 5 3:38.68 q
8 9 Marko Koers Netherlands 7 3:39.42
9 12 Gabriel Jennings United States 9 3:40.10
10 18 Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia 3 3:41.09
11 21 Kamel Boulahfane Algeria 1 3:43.98
12 23 Mohammed Yagoub Sudan 8 3:50.60

Overall Results Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 2 6 1 3:37.60 Q
2 Bernard Lagat Kenya 2 10 2 3:37.84 Q
3 Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia 2 11 3 3:38.08 Q
4 Mehdi Baala France 2 4 4 3:38.15 Q
5 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 2 12 5 3:38.37 Q
6 Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain 2 2 6 3:38.41 q
7 John Mayock Great Britain 2 5 7 3:38.68 q
8 Noah Ngeny Kenya 1 12 1 3:39:29 Q
9 Marko Koers Netherlands 2 7 8 3:39.42
10 Kevin Sullivan Canada 1 2 2 3:39.66 Q
11 Jason Pyrah United States 1 11 3 3:40.04 Q
12 Gabriel Jennings United States 2 9 9 3:40.10
13 Youssef Baba Morocco 1 9 4 3:40:16 Q
14 Driss Maazouzi France 1 8 5 3:40.23 Q
15 Julius Achon Uganda 1 6 6 3:40.32
16 Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia 1 10 7 3:40.92
17 Hudson de Souza Brazil 1 3 8 3:41.00
18 Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia 2 3 10 3:41:09
19 Michael Stember United States 1 1 9 3:42.30
20 Andrew Graffin Great Britain 1 7 10 3:42.72
21 Kamel Boulahfane Algeria 2 1 11 3:43.98
22 Jose Antonio Redolat Spain 1 5 11 3:45.46
23 Mohammed Yagoub Sudan 2 8 12 3:50.60
24 Noureddine Morceli Algeria 1 4 12 4:00.78

Final[edit]

Date: Friday 29 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Record
1 Noah Ngeny Kenya 11 3:32.07 OR
2 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1 3:32.32
3 Bernard Lagat Kenya 7 3:32.44
4 Mehdi Baala France 8 3:34.14
5 Kevin Sullivan Canada 2 3:35.50
6 Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia 3 3:36.78
7 Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain 10 3:37.27
8 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 4 3:38.91
9 John Mayock Great Britain 5 3:39.41
10 Jason Pyrah United States 6 3:39.84
11 Driss Maazouzi France 12 3:45.46
12 Youssef Baba Morocco 9 3:56.08

References[edit]

Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics