Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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These are the official results of the Men's 1500 metres event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The final was held on August 11, 1984.

From the start Omar Khalifa went to the lead, shadowed by Joseph Chesire with Sebastian Coe marking their lead in third. The first lap was 58.85. 500 metres into the race, Steve Scott| ran around the leaders to take the point, Coe and José Manuel Abascal stringing out the field. They passed the 800 metre mark in a slightly faster 1:56.81. Abascal continued to speed up, passing Coe then Scott between 900 and 1000. Scott began to fall back through the field as Steve Cram and Steve Ovett moved forward. At the bell the three Brits were 2-4, three Steves were 3-5. Midway through the penultimate turn, suddenly the world record holder Ovett stepped inside of the curb and stopped. With 300 to go in an even faster 2:53.21, Abascal, Coe and Cram had three metres on Cheshire who accelerated around Scott and Jim Spivey as Ovett dropped out. Cram accelerated down the back stretch, Coe reacting, with about 220 metres to go, the leaders were three abreast across the track. Coe emerged ahead into the turn with Cram sprinting in his wake. Coe looked around to see where his competition was then focused on holding his position. Coming off the turn, Coe checked again, seeing Cram still a metre behind him, breaking away from Abascal. Coe sprinted away from Cram, checking again mid-straightaway to be sure his work was accomplished, then extending his lead to 6 metres by the finish. Cram had another 7 metres on Abascal who was able to hold off Cheshire for bronze. Coe became the only man to successfully defend his title in the 1500 metres. Coe turned back toward the press area and angrily showed them his index finger on both hands, indicating he was number one again. Still fresh after running less than 2 seconds off the world record, Coe jogged back still looking at that area of the stands and again showing his number one finger.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Sebastian Coe
 Great Britain
Silver Steve Cram
 Great Britain
Bronze José Manuel Abascal
 Spain

Abbreviations[edit]

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:30.77 United Kingdom Steve Ovett Rieti (ITA) September 4, 1983
Olympic Record 3:34.91 Kenya Kipchoge Keino Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968

Sebastian Coe set a new Olympic record with 3:32.53 minutes in the final.

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:32.53
Med 2.png  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:33.40
Med 3.png  José Manuel Abascal (ESP) 3:34.30
4.  Joseph Chesire (KEN) 3:34.52
5.  Jim Spivey (USA) 3:36.07
6.  Peter Wirz (SUI) 3:36.97
7.  Andrés Vera (ESP) 3:37.02
8.  Omar Khalifa (SUD) 3:37.11
9.  Tony Rogers (NZL) 3:38.98
10.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:39.86
11.  Riccardo Materazzi (ITA) 3:40.74
 Steve Ovett (GBR) DNF

Semifinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  José Manuel Abascal (ESP) 3:35.70
2.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:35.71
3.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:35.81
4.  Joseph Chesire (KEN) 3:35.83
4.  Peter Wirz (SUI) 3:35.83
6.  Tony Rogers (NZL) 3:36.48
7.  Riccardo Materazzi (ITA) 3:36.51
8.  Michael Hillardt (AUS) 3:38.12
9.  Pascal Thiébaut (FRA) 3:40.96
10.  James Igohe (TAN) 3:41.57
 Abdi Bile (SOM) DQ
 Agberto Guimarães (BRA) DQ


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:36.30
2.  Jim Spivey (USA) 3:36.53
3.  Andrés Vera (ESP) 3:36.55
3.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:36.55
5.  Omar Khalifa (SUD) 3:36.76
6.  Uwe Becker (FRG) 3:37.28
7.  Stefano Mei (ITA) 3:37.96
8.  Peter O'Donoghue (NZL) 3:38.71
9.  Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) 3:39.40
10.  Pat Scammell (AUS) 3:40.83
11.  Tapfumaneyi Jonga (ZIM) 3:41.80
 Joaquim Cruz (BRA) DNF

Qualifying heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Joseph Chesire (KEN) 3:38.51
2.  Omer Khalifa (SUD) 3:38.93
3.  Stefano Mei (ITA) 3:39.25
4.  Tony Rogers (NZL) 3:39.78
5.  José Luis González (ESP) 3:47.01
6.  Faouzi Lahbi (MAR) 3:47.54
7.  Paul Ceesay (GAM) 3:59.14
8.  Amor Masoud Al-Sharji (OMA) 4:12.76
 Antti Loikkanen (FIN) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Pascal Thiébaut (FRA) 3:45.18
2.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:45.30
3.  Andrés Vera (ESP) 3:45.44
4.  Paul Donovan (IRL) 3:45.70
5.  Jama Mohamed Aden (SOM) 3:46.80
6.  Mohamed Alouini (TUN) 3:49.78
7.  Dale Jones (ANT) 3:55.65
8.  Kgomotso Balotthanyi (BOT) 3:58.69
 Oslen Barr (GUY) DNF


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:49.23
2.  Agberto Guimarães (BRA) 3:49.26
3.  Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) 3:49.65
4.  Josephat Muraya (KEN) 3:51.61
5.  Gawain Guy (JAM) 3:52.04
6.  Claudio Patrignani (ITA) 3:52.63
7.  Mehdi Aidet (ALG) 3:53.92
8.  Mouteb Al-Faouri (JOR) 3:59.85
 Pierre Délèze (SUI) DNF


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 3:41.01
2.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:41.02
3.  Michael Hillardt (AUS) 3:41.18
4.  Frank O'Mara (IRL) 3:41.76
5.  Alex Gonzalez (FRA) 3:42.84
6.  Mark Handelsman (ISR) 3:45.05
7.  Abderrahmane Morceli (ALG) 3:45.09
8.  Archfell Musango (ZAM) 3:46.99
9.  Adamou Allassane (NIG) 3:56.43
10.  Tito Rodrigues (SUR) 4:02.87


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  José Manuel Abascal (ESP) 3:37.68
2.  Peter Wirz (SUI) 3:37.75
3.  Uwe Becker (FRG) 3:37.76
4.  Riccardo Materazzi (ITA) 3:37.95
5.  Pat Scammell (AUS) 3:39.18
6.  James Igohe (TAN) 3:39.62
7.  Tapfumaneyi Jonga (ZIM) 3:40.42
8.  Isaac Ganunga (MAW) 3:53.86
9.  Hugo Allan García (GUA) 3:57.59
10.  Kim Bok-Joo (KOR) 4:02.63
 Ibrahim Aziz (UAE) DNF


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:40.33
2.  Jim Spivey (USA) 3:40.58
3.  Peter O'Donoghue (NZL) 3:40.69
4.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 3:40.72
5.  Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN) 3:41.96
6.  Zakaria Namonge (TAN) 3:45.55
7.  Batulamai Rajakumar (MAS) 3:55.19
8.  Jean-Marie Rudasingwa (RWA) 3:57.62
9.  Philip Sinon (SEY) 4:25.80
10.  Diosdado Lozano (GEQ) 4:34.71
 Omar Ortega (ARG) DNF

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