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
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 17–21 October
Competitors 50 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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Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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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

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.

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 William Mckim  Great Britain 3:46.8
6 Hans-Ruedi Knill  Switzerland 3:47.2
7 Denos Adjima Beche  Côte d'Ivoire 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 Arngtong  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 Vazic  Yugoslavia 3:43.7
6 Siegried Valentin  United Team of Germany 3:44.9
7 Sebsibe Mamo  Ethiopia 3:45.8
8 Ivan Belitsky  Soviet Union 3:46.7
9 Attila Simon  Hungary 3:49.1
10 Yamaguchi Toichi  Japan 3:56.7
11 Eric Donu 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).

Splits were recorded at 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1200 metres. Bernard led after the first lap, Odlozil and Davies were in front after two, and Baran had the lead at the end of the third lap. Snell, who had already successfully defended his 800 metre title, finished strong. He crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of anyone else.

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]

  • Official Report