Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Seoul Olympic Stadium
Date 29 September – 1 October
Competitors 59
Winning time 3:35.96
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Rono  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Peter Elliott  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jens-Peter Herold  East Germany
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Athletics at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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The men's 1500 metres event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 59 competitors, with four qualifying heats (59) and two semi-finals (26), before the final (12) took place on Saturday October 1, 1988.

This race typified the tactical running of miles and 1500's of this era. Nobody really cared about leading early or pushing the pace, Marcus O'Sullivan took the point by default. The British new guard of Peter Elliott and Steve Cram were just behind Omer Khalifa marking the lead. Just before two laps to go, the Kenyan team decided to change position led by Peter Rono moving out to lane 2 and from dead last running past the entire field into first place. He was soon joined by Joseph Chesire who served as a Kenyan wall at the front. The first challenge to the wall was Jeff Atkinson, who managed to get around Chesire but could not get past Rono. Cheshire's weakness exposed, the entire pack went around him, everybody aiming to be just off the lead at the bell, the ever-present Steve Scott behind Atkinson, the Britons, with Jens-Peter Herold, Han Kulker and Kipkoech Cheruiyot all jockeying for position behind Rono on the backstretch. Atkinson faded while Elliott, Cram and Herold emerged toward the front, still behind Rono who was watching over his shoulder. Cram poised himself on Elliott's shoulder to make the big move coming off the turn with Scott, Kulker and Cheruiyot showing similar aspirations a step behind. But the only big move was Herold sneaking past Elliott on the inside while Elliott was concerned with Cram on his outside. Nobody's big move really advanced their position, Elliott using his best sprinting to just edge back ahead of Herold by the finish line for silver, Rono untested ahead of everyone.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Peter Rono
 Kenya
Silver Peter Elliott
 Great Britain
Bronze Jens-Peter Herold
 East Germany

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:29.46 Morocco Saïd Aouita West Berlin (FRG) August 23, 1985
Olympic Record 3:32.53 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Los Angeles (USA) August 11, 1984

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Rono  Kenya 3:35.96
2nd, silver medalist(s) Peter Elliott  Great Britain 3:36.15
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jens-Peter Herold  East Germany 3:36.21
4 Steve Cram  Great Britain 3:36.24
5 Steve Scott  United States 3:36.99
6 Han Kulker  Netherlands 3:37.08
7 Kipkoech Cheruiyot  Kenya 3:37.94
8 Marcus O'Sullivan  Ireland 3:38.39
9 Mario Silva  Portugal 3:38.77
10 Jeff Atkinson  United States 3:40.80
11 Joseph Chesire  Kenya 3:40.82
12 Omer Khalifa  Sudan 3:41.07

Semi finals[edit]

  • Held on Friday September 30, 1988
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN) 3:38.09
2.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:38.30
3.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:38.56
4.  Han Kulker (NED) 3:39.06
5.  Jeff Atkinson (USA) 3:39.12
6.  Joseph Chesire (KEN) 3:39.17
7.  Mogens Guldberg (DEN) 3:39.86
8.  Remi Geoffroy (FRA) 3:40.96
9.  Rachid Kram (ALG) 3:41.39
10.  Spyros Spyrou (CYP) 3:43.49
 Abdelmajide Moncif (MAR) DNF
 Peter Wirz (SUI) DNF
 Joaquim Cruz (BRA) DNS


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:38.20
2.  Peter Rono (KEN) 3:38.25
3.  Omer Khalifa (SUD) 3:38.40
4.  Mario Silva (POR) 3:38.56
5.  Jens-Peter Herold (GDR) 3:38.59
6.  Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) 3:38.84
7.  Markus Hacksteiner (SUI) 3:39.18
8.  Mark Deady (USA) 3:39.47
9.  Steve Crabb (GBR) 3:39.55
10.  Mbiganyi Thee (BOT) 3:42.62
11.  Gennaro Di Napoli (ITA) 3:43.58
12.  Mostafa Lachal (MAR) 3:45.65
 Saïd Aouita (MAR) DNS

Heats[edit]

First 5 of each heat (Q) and next 6 fastest (q) qualified for the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Peter Rono  Kenya 3:37.65 Q
2 3 Jeff Atkinson  United States 3:38.33 Q
3 3 Peter Elliott  Great Britain 3:38.60 Q
4 3 Markus Hacksteiner   Switzerland 3:39.05 Q
5 3 Mostafa Lachal  Morocco 3:39.20 Q
6 3 Rachid Kram  Algeria 3:39.90 q
7 2 Kipkoech Cheruiyot  Kenya 3:39.98 Q
8 4 Jens-Peter Herold  East Germany 3:40.87 Q
9 1 Steve Cram  Great Britain 3:40.89 Q
10 4 Han Kulker  Netherlands 3:40.90 Q
11 3 Joaquim Cruz  Brazil 3:40.92 q
12 4 Steve Crabb  Great Britain 3:41.12 Q
13 4 Peter Wirz   Switzerland 3:41.26 Q
14 4 Omer Khalifa  Sudan 3:41.46 Q
15 1 Steve Scott  United States 3:41.57 Q
16 1 Remi Geoffroy  France 3:41.68 Q
17 1 Joseph Chesire  Kenya 3:41.72 Q
18 4 Abdelmajide Moncif  Morocco 3:41.73 q
19 1 Gennaro Di Napoli  Italy 3:41.85 Q
20 2 Mark Deady  United States 3:41.91 Q
21 3 Mbiganyi Thee  Botswana 3:41.97 q
22 1 Marcus O'Sullivan  Ireland 3:42.01 q
22 2 Mogens Guldberg  Denmark 3:42.01 Q
24 2 Saïd Aouita  Morocco 3:42.18 Q
25 2 Mario Silva  Portugal 3:42.24 Q
26 3 Spyros Spyrou  Cyprus 3:42.32 q
27 2 Markus Rapp   Switzerland 3:42.64
28 2 David Campbell  Canada 3:42.97
29 3 Gerry O'Reilly  Ireland 3:43.23
30 1 Ari Suhonen  Finland 3:43.61
31 4 Mahmoud Kalboussi  Tunisia 3:43.72
32 2 Mohamed Suleiman  Qatar 3:44.43
33 1 José Luíz Barbosa  Brazil 3:44.46
34 2 Duan Xiuquan  China 3:44.88
35 2 Pat Scammell  Australia 3:45.21
36 1 Branko Zorko  Yugoslavia 3:45.52
37 3 Cho Jin-Saeng  South Korea 3:45.63
38 3 Jan Kubista  Czechoslovakia 3:46.41
39 1 Michael Watson  Bermuda 3:46.49
40 1 Melford Homela  Zimbabwe 3:47.38
41 2 Jama Aden  Somalia 3:49.84
42 4 Dale Jones  Antigua and Barbuda 3:51.22
43 4 Hameed Al-Dousari  Saudi Arabia 3:51.53
44 1 Hoche Yaya Aden  Djibouti 3:51.56
45 4 Eulucane Ndagijimana  Rwanda 3:51.61
46 4 Josep Graells  Andorra 3:52.68
47 2 Ramón López  Paraguay 3:53.31
48 1 Eugenio Katombi  Angola 3:54.25
49 4 Zeki Öztürk  Turkey 3:54.26
50 1 Modupe Jonah  Sierra Leone 3:55.15
51 4 Douglas Consiglio  Canada 3:55.31
52 4 Seid Gayaplé  Chad 3:58.46
53 4 Haribahadur Rokaya    Nepal 4:01.17
54 2 Kenneth Dzekedzeke  Malawi 4:02.61
55 3 Moses Zarak Khan  Fiji 4:03.20
56 3 Awad Saleh Ahmed  North Yemen 4:03.86
57 3 Johnd Siguria  Papua New Guinea 4:07.04
58 1 Mohamed Ould Khayar  Mauritania 4:12.18
59 2 Bernardo Elonga  Equatorial Guinea 4:16.40
60 2 Nimely Twegbe  Liberia DNS

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