Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres
|Women's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||46 from 26 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The qualifying rounds were typically strategic, with the second heat notably slower than the first and third. Notable for not qualifying was world championship bronze medalist (and 2009 first finisher) Natalia Rodríguez and Genzebe Dibaba, younger sister of 10000 metres gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba.
The semi finals were similarly inconsistent. In the first semi, the race was stringing out behind a last lap charge by Ethiopian born Bahraini Mimi Belete chased by Aslı Çakır Alptekin, the two leaders looking to be sure qualifiers. At the head of the final straight Alptekin passed Belete for the lead and Belete wilted, falling back through the field and changing the dynamic of the rush for qualifying positions, giving Shannon Rowbury a qualifying spot, while Hilary Stellingwerff and Corinna Harrer had to hope the second semi would go slowly. It didn't. Instead the second semi final went out significantly faster with Tatyana Tomashova pushing the pace after the first 200 metres. With 600 to go, Gamze Bulut passed Tomashova to accelerate the pace further. Abeba Aregawi stayed on Bulut's shoulder and sprinted past with 200 to go, stringing out the field, leaving reigning world champion Jennifer Simpson behind.
The final started out slowly, none of the entrants wanting to take the lead. By default Bulut and Maryam Yusuf Jamal found themselves in the lead, Jamal noticeably looking around for someone else to take the pace. The first lap was 1:15.12, literally a jog for athletes of this caliber. The second lap slightly faster, reached in 2:23.97. The two shared the leading duties until the bell, then both accelerated, with the field swarming to join them. Moments after the bell, Aregawi passed behind Morgan Uceny, who stumbled, her knee meeting the back-kick of Ekaterina Kostetskaya. Just like her experience in the 2011 World Championships, Uceny found herself on the ground as the field was sprinting away from her, leaving her in tears. Alptekin passed Bulut with 300 to go. Aregawi joined the lead group on the back stretch with Jamal and Bulut all jockeying for position behind Alptekin. Coming onto the home stretch Jamal looked like she was in position to move past Alptekin, but she never gained enough. Aregawi edged past Jamal with Bulut trying to close the gap. 20 metres before the finish Aregawi suddenly slowed as she was passed by Jamal at the same time as Bulut passed them both.
In May 2013, several news organizations reported that winner Çakır Alptekin had tested positive for a banned substance. As her second doping offense, she would face a lifetime ban if found guilty and stripped of her gold medal. Neither the IAAF nor WADA made an official confirmation of the positive drug test.
The Women's 1500 m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. The first 6 competitors in each heat of Round One along with the next six fastest overall qualified for the Semifinals. In the Semifinals the first five in each heat along with the next two fastest overall qualified for the final. There was in fact a tie for the 12th fastest overall time and both tied athletes qualified for the final, making a total of 13 athletes.
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Qu Yunxia (CHN)||3:50.46||Beijing, China||11 September 1993|
|Olympic record||Paula Ivan (ROU)||3:53.96||Seoul, South Korea||26 September 1988|
|2012 World leading||Mariem Alaoui Selsouli (MAR)||3:56.15||Paris, France||6 July 2012|
|Monday, 6 August 2012||11:45||Round 1|
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||19:45||Semifinals|
|Friday, 10 August 2012||20:55||Finals|
Qual. rule: first 6 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.
|3||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||Bahrain||4:05.39||Q|
|4||Hellen Onsando Obiri||Kenya||4:05.40||Q|
|5||Hannah England||Great Britain||4:05.73||Q|
|7||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:06.03||q|
|8||Lucy van Dalen||New Zealand||4:07.04||q|
|9||Lucia Klocova||Slovakia||4:07.79||q, NR|
|12||Tereza Capkova||Czech Republic||4:12.15|
|1||Lisa Dobriskey||Great Britain||4:13.32||Q|
|3||Aslı Çakır Alptekin||Turkey||4:13.64||Q|
|6||Jennifer Simpson||United States||4:13.81||Q|
|10||Eunice Jepkoech Sum||Kenya||4:16.95|
|14||Chancel Ilunga Sankuru||DR Congo||5:05.25|
|N/A||Ingvill Makestad Bovim||Norway||N/A||DNS|
|2||Morgan Uceny||United States||4:06.87||Q|
|3||Natallia Kareiva||Belarus||4:06.87||Q, SB|
|5||Mimi Belete||Bahrain||4:07.01||Q, SB|
|6||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:07.29||Q|
|9||Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon||Kenya||4:08.78|
|14||Betlhem Desalegn||United Arab Emirates||4:14.07|
|15||Gladys Landaverde||El Salvador||4:18.26||NR|
Qual. rule: first 5 of each semifinal (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||Aslı Çakır Alptekin||Turkey||4:05.11||Q|
|3||Morgan Uceny||United States||4:05.34||Q|
|4||Lisa Dobriskey||Great Britain||4:05.35||Q|
|5||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:05.47||Q|
|9||Hannah England||Great Britain||4:06.35|
|11||Lucy van Dalen||New Zealand||4:06.97|
|2||Gamze Bulut||Turkey||4:01.18||Q, PB|
|4||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||Bahrain||4:02.18||Q, SB|
|5||Hellen Onsando Obiri||Kenya||4:02.30||Q|
|6||Natallia Kareiva||Belarus||4:02.37||q, PB|
|7||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:02.99||q, PB|
|8||Lucia Klocova||Slovakia||4:02.99||q, NR|
|12||Jennifer Simpson||United States||4:06.89|
|Aslı Çakır Alptekin||Turkey||4:10.23|
|Maryam Yusuf Jamal||Bahrain||4:10.74|
|6||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:11.26|
|10||Lisa Dobriskey||Great Britain||4:13.02|
|11||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:15.60|
|12||Hellen Onsando Obiri||Kenya||4:16.57|
|N/A||Morgan Uceny||United States||N/A||DNF|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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- "Asli Cakir Alptekin Charged With Doping". The New York Times. 3 May 2013.
- Sports Reference. Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 1,500 metres Round One
- Sports Reference. Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 1,500 metres Semi-Finals
- Olympic.org LONDON 2012 ATHLETICS,1500M WOMEN