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
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates17–21 October
Competitors50 from 34 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Snell  New Zealand
2nd, silver medalist(s) Josef Odložil  Czechoslovakia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Davies  New Zealand
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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.[1]

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 Bill McKim  Great Britain 3:46.8
6 Hansrüedi 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  United Team of 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 Albie Thomas  Australia 3:54.9
10 Tira Klai-Angtong  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  United Team of 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 Važić  Yugoslavia 3:43.7
6 Siegried Valentin  United Team of Germany 3:44.9
7 Sebsibe Mamo  Ethiopia 3:45.8
8 Ivan Belytskiy  Soviet Union 3:46.7
9 Attila Simon  Hungary 3:49.1
10 Toichi Yamaguchi  Japan 3:56.7
11 Eric 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  United Team of 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  United Team of Germany 3:46.8
9 Simo Vazic  Yugoslavia 3:48.3

Final[edit]

1500 m final: Alan Simpson (155), Dyrol Burleson (714), Witold Baran (499), John Whetton (160), Peter Snell (466), John Davies (467).

World and Olympic record holder, Herb Elliott was not back to defend his title, having retired from the sport at 24 years of age. 1960 800 metre champion Peter Snell entered the Olympics with the intent of duplicating his feat, doubling over similar distances at the previous 1962 Commonwealth Games. He had already lowered Elliott's mile world record by a tick two years earlier. Snell had already successfully defended his 800 metre title.

As had been his typical strategy, Snell chose to stay in a marking position behind the leaders. Splits were recorded at 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1200 metres. Michel Bernard led after the first lap, Josef Odložil and John Davies were in front after two. Wary of being boxed in as he was in the 1960 Olympic 800, at the bell his countryman Davies held the lead while Snell was boxed in by Dyrol Burleson. He slowed then decisively moved to the outside to be in a position to run. Others were also scrambling for position, Witold Baran made his move and had the lead at the end of the third lap but Davies again assumed the lead down the backstretch. With about 220 metres to go, Snell accelerated, blowing past Baran and Davies, the others would now be racing for second place. Snell extended his lead to almost 10 metres, crossing the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of anyone else. Through the turn, Alan Simpson got around Davies and Baran, behind them Burleson was moving to the outside. Even further back, Odložil began his final sprint around the outside of Burleson. Davies was able to get barely ahead of Simpson, holding him off at the finish line but that would only be for bronze as Odložil came roaring down the home stretch, catching both before the finish to grab silver.

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]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Games: Men's 1500 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 29 October 2017.