Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates August 20 to August 24
Competitors 43 from 29 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Morocco
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Portugal
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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The 1,500 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium August 20 to August 24.

World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj came into the race with a target on his back. Though El Guerrouj had won four straight World Championships, he had failed to win the previous Olympics, falling with a lap to go in his breakthrough year of 1996 and being beaten to the line in 2000 by the same Noah Ngeny who had chased El Guerrouj to the mile world record a year earlier. Ngeny was not back but bronze medalist Bernard Lagat was, seeking to finally beat El Guerrouj. Lagat had the potential assistance of two Kenyan teammates, but El Guerrouj also had his teammate Adil Kaouch make the final and Kaouch had previously sacrificed himself by acting as a pacesetter leading El Guerrouj to the 1999 and 2001 world titles. Because of the assistance, El Guerrouj's ability in a strategic race was suspect.

Off the line, the three Kenyan runners took the lead and formed a wall keeping the field behind as they slowed the pace, El Guerrouj could not run away from the start, the race would be strategic. With 500 metres to go, El Guerrouj worked his way to the front, with a line of kickers including Lagat, Reyes Estevez, Ivan Heshko and the unknown Mulugeta Wendimu lined up behind him. Down the backstretch, Lagat stayed a step behind El Guerrouj as other speedsters jockeyed for position and then fell back. From deep in the pack, Rui Silva was on the outside passing the others. Around the final turn, Lagat edged his way closer to El Guerrouj, pulling even just at the head of the stretch, with Silva gaining to just a step behind. By halfway down the home stretch, Lagat edged into the lead, but El Guerrouj didn't go away, fighting back to take the win as Lagat gave up the fight a couple of steps before the line. After clearly running the fastest last lap, Silva was unable to make any further headway, celebrating his bronze medal as he finished.

Four days later, El Guerrouj outsprinted 10000 metres gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele to take the 5000 metres gold medal and never competed internationally again, officially retiring in 2006.

Records[edit]

World record Morocco Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic record  Noah Ngeny (KEN) 3:32.07 Sydney, Australia 29 September 2000

Qualifying[edit]

The first round comprised three heats with the first five in each plus the next nine fastest losers progressing to the two semi-finals. Here the first five and the two fastest losers went to the final.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 3 Michael East Great Britain 3:37.37 Q
2 3 Timothy Kiptanui Kenya 3:37.71 Q
3 3 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 3:37.78 Q
4 1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 3:37.86 Q
5 3 Rashid Ramzi Bahrain 3:37.93 Q
6 3 Tarek Boukensa Algeria 3:37.94 Q
7 1 Rui Silva Portugal 3:37.98 Q
8 1 Álvaro Fernández Spain 3:38.34 Q
9 3 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 3:38.36 q
10 1 Kamal Boulahfane Algeria 3:38.59 Q
11 3 Youssef Baba Morocco 3:38.71 q
12 1 Isaac Kiprono Songok Kenya 3:38.89 Q
13 1 Kevin Sullivan Canada 3:39.30 q
14 1 Michal Šneberger Czech Republic 3:39.68 q
15 2 Reyes Estevez Spain 3:39.71 Q
16 2 Bernard Lagat Kenya 3:39.80 Q
16 2 Nick Willis New Zealand 3:39.80 Q
18 2 Adil Kaouch Morocco 3:39.88 Q
19 3 Manuel Damião Portugal 3:39.94 q
20 2 Mulugeta Wendimu Ethiopia 3:39.96 Q
21 2 Gert-Jan Liefers Netherlands 3:40.10 q
22 2 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3:40.78 q
23 2 Johan Cronje South Africa 3:40.99 q
24 1 James Nolan Ireland 3:41.14 q
25 2 Alan Webb United States 3:41.25
26 2 Aleksandr Krivchonkov Russia 3:41.37
27 3 Charlie Gruber United States 3:41.73
28 2 Abdulrahman Suleiman Qatar 3:42.00
29 2 Mohamed Khaldi Algeria 3:42.47
30 2 Mehdi Baala France 3:46.06
31 1 Wolfram Mueller Germany 3:46.75
32 3 Branko Zorko Croatia 3:48.28
33 3 Zhaobo Dou China 3:50.28
34 1 Mounir Yemmouni France 3:51.08
35 1 Grant Robison United States 3:53.66
36 1 Roberto Caraciolo Mandje Equatorial Guinea 4:03.37 NR
37 3 Neil Weare Guam 4:05.86
38 3 Jimmy Anak Ahar Brunei 4:14.11
1 Peter Roko Ashak Sudan DNS
3 Mwera Samwel Tanzania DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 1 Adil Kaouch Morocco 3:35.69 Q
2 1 Bernard Lagat Kenya 3:35.84 Q
3 1 Gert-Jan Liefers Netherlands 3:36.00 Q
4 1 Reyes Estevez Spain 3:36.05 Q
5 1 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 3:36.20 Q
6 1 Michael East Great Britain 3:36.46 q
7 1 Isaac Kiprono Songok Kenya 3:37.10 q
8 1 Manuel Damião Portugal 3:37.16
9 1 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3:38.83
10 2 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 3:40.87 Q
11 2 Rui Silva Portugal 3:40.99 Q
12 2 Timothy Kiptanui Kenya 3:41.04 Q
13 2 Mulugeta Wendimu Ethiopia 3:41.14 Q
14 2 Kamal Boulahfane Algeria 3:41.27 Q
15 2 Nick Willis New Zealand 3:41.46
16 2 Álvaro Fernández Spain 3:42.01
17 2 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 3:42.13
18 1 James Nolan Ireland 3:42.61
19 2 Kevin Sullivan Canada 3:42.86
20 2 Youssef Baba Morocco 3:42.96
21 2 Johan Cronje South Africa 3:44.41
22 1 Rashid Ramzi Bahrain 3:44.60
23 1 Grant Robison United States 3:47.03
23 2 Michal Šneberger Czech Republic 3:47.03
1 Tarek Boukensa Algeria DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 3:34.19
2 Bernard Lagat Kenya 3:34.30
3 Rui Silva Portugal 3:34.68
4 Timothy Kiptanui Kenya 3:35.61
5 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 3:35.82
6 Michael East Great Britain 3:36.33
7 Reyes Estevez Spain 3:36.63
8 Gert-Jan Liefers Netherlands 3:37.17
9 Adil Kaouch Morocco 3:38.26
10 Mulugeta Wendimu Ethiopia 3:38.33
11 Kamal Boulahfane Algeria 3:39.02
12 Isaac Kiprono Songok Kenya 3:41.72

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