Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City
Date 18 October 1968 to 20 October 1968
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kip Keino  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jim Ryun  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bodo Tümmler  West Germany
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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These are the official results of the Men's 1500 metres event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The competition was held on 18 to the 20 of October. The Gold was won by Kenyan Kip Keino, who beat World record holder Jim Ryun, who struggled to adapt to the altitude of Mexico City.[1]

While this Olympics was the emergence of Kenyan runners, Kip Keino was not an unknown quantity, he had won the 1966 Commonwealth Games and 1965 African Championships. American fans placed high expectations on world record holder Jim Ryun. In the final, it was Ben Jipcho who took the first lap out fast, with Keino lagging to the back of the field. Keino moved up toward the front, but didn't take the lead until two laps to go. When he moved forward, he did so decisively, creating a 30-meter gap on the field. Ryun was known for his last lap kicks. He held back waiting for the bell. At the bell he took off in chase, but Bodo Tümmler was also intent on racing. Ryun was able to beat Tümmler down the backstretch but his last lap kick was no match for the still more than 20 meter lead Keino held onto the final straightaway.

First round[edit]

Top 5 in each heat advance to semifinal.

Heat one *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Kip Keino  Kenya 3:46.96
2 Bodo Tümmler  West Germany 3:51.59
3 John Boulter  Great Britain 3:51.63
4 Jorge Grosser  Chile 3:51.79
5 Franco Arese  Italy 3:51.86
6 Dave Bailey  Canada 3:52.11
7 Róbert Honti  Hungary 3:54.95
8 Rudolf Klaban  Austria 3:59.11
9 Julio Quevedo  Guatemala 4:03.13
10 Édouard Sagna  Senegal 4:04.12
11 Emilio Barahona  Honduras 4:56.08

Heat two *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tom Von Ruden  United States 3:59.15
2 André Dehertoghe  Belgium 3:59.33
3 Henryk Szordykowski  Poland 3;59.34
4 Claude Nicolas  France 3:59.35
5 Arnd Krüger  West Germany 3:59.40
6 Renzo Finelli  Italy 3:59.51
7 Ove Berg  Sweden 4:00.42
8 Tom Hansen  Denmark 4:01.47
9 Ramasamy Subramaniam  Malaysia 4:06.49
10 Miguel Núñez  Dominican Republic 4:23.67

Heat three *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Jipcho  Kenya 3:46.51
2 Oleg Rayko  Soviet Union 3:46.84
3 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 3:47.00
4 Josef Odložil  Czechoslovakia 3:47.49
5 Jacky Boxberger  France 3:47.55
6 José Neri  Mexico 3:47.88
7 Jorge González  Spain 3:50.49
8 Ioannis Virvilis  Greece 3:55.57
9 Xaver Frick, Jr.  Liechtenstein 4:15.38
10 Alfredo Cubías  El Salvador 4:32.58

Heat four *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Ryun  United States 3:45.80
2 Hamadi Haddou  Morocco 3:47.01
3 Edgard Salvé  Belgium 3:47.17
4 Arne Kvalheim  Norway 3:47.50
5 Norm Trerise  Canada 3:47.67
6 Gianni Del Buono  Italy 3:48.41
7 Peter Watson  Australia 3:55.41
8 Maurice Benn  Great Britain 3:56.43
9 Pekka Vasala  Finland 4:08.51
10 Willie Ríos  Puerto Rico 4:14.47
11 Jeff Payne  Bermuda 4:18.92

Heat five *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Marty Liquori  United States 3:52.78
2 Hansrüedi Knill  Switzerland 3:52.87
3 John Whetton  Great Britain 3:53.04
4 Ahmed Issa  Chad 3:53.13
5 Mikhail Zhelobovsky  Soviet Union 3:53.23
6 Matias Habtemichael  Ethiopia 3:53.27
7 Anders Gärderud  Sweden 3:54.28
8 Byron Dyce  Jamaica 3:54.65
9 Jerzy Maluśki  Poland 3:54.83
10 Frank Murphy  Ireland 3:54.85
11 Rudi Simon  Belgium 4:06.97
12 Arturo Córdoba  Honduras 5:18.92

Semifinal[edit]

Top six in each heat advance to final.

Heat one *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bodo Tümmler  West Germany 3:53.66
2 Jacky Boxberger  France 3:54.00
3 Tom Von Ruden  United States 3:54.12
4 Henryk Szordykowski  Poland 3:54.24
5 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 3:54.34
6 Ben Jipcho  Kenya 3:54.69
7 Franco Arese  Italy 3:54.85
8 Arne Kvalheim  Norway 3:55.32
9 John Boulter  Great Britain 3:56.13
10 Edgard Salvé  Belgium 3:58.16
11 Mikhail Zhelobovsky  Soviet Union 3:59.08
12 Hamadi Haddou  Morocco 4:01.70

Heat two *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Ryun  United States 3:51.25
2 Kip Keino  Kenya 3:51.50
3 John Whetton  Great Britain 3:52.05
4 Marty Liquori  United States 3:52.17
5 Josef Odložil  Czechoslovakia 3:52.53
6 André Dehertoghe  Belgium 3:52.57
7 Oleg Rayko  Soviet Union 3:52.73
8 Ahmed Issa  Chad 3:53.26
9 Hansrüedi Knill  Switzerland 3:53.65
10 Norm Trerise  Canada 3:57.30
11 Claude Nicolas  France 4:04.47
12 Arnd Krüger  West Germany 4:05.40
Jorge Grosser  Chile DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Kip Keino  Kenya 3:34.91 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jim Ryun  United States 3:37.89
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bodo Tümmler  West Germany 3:39.08
4 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 3:42.57
5 John Whetton  Great Britain 3:43.90
6 Jacky Boxberger  France 3:46.65
7 Henryk Szordykowski  Poland 3:46.69
8 Josef Odložil  Czechoslovakia 3:48.69
9 Tom Von Ruden  United States 3:49.27
10 Ben Jipcho  Kenya 3:51.22
11 André Dehertoghe  Belgium 3:53.63
12 Marty Liquori  United States 4:18.22

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