Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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These are the official results of the men's 1500 metres event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total number of 56 competitors. The event took place between 29 July and 3 August.

Algerian Noureddine Morceli had dominated the 1500 for five years, holding the world record and winning the previous three world championships. But Hicham El Guerrouj, from neighboring Morocco was the rising star, who had chased Morceli in the most recent world championships. This was expected to be the match race. While Morceli had led the semi-finals in close to Olympic record time, the final race was much slower and entirely strategic. Approaching the bell at the end of the third lap, Morceli had moved into the lead with El Guerrouj sprinting up to his shoulder. Morceli held him off with El Guerrouj having to cede position and move in behind Morceli squeezing in front of defending champion, master tactician Fermin Cacho who was perfectly positioned directly behind Morceli. Two strides later El Guerrouj tripped and fell. Morceli took off sprinting at the same moment the rest of the field had to evade El Guerrouj's body on the track. Cacho was forced to leap over the fallen El Guerrouj, almost stepping on him. Next in line Abdi Bile had to jump off the track to the infield. Morceli opened up 2 meters in the process, which he widened to 5 down the backstretch. Cacho and Bile held that gap onto the final straight. Bile faded while Cacho held on until he could see it was futile to catch Morceli, jogging in for silver. Stephen Kipkorir led two other Kenyan teammates around Bile to take bronze. After quickly staggering to his feet, El Guerrouj chased the field but shocked and disheartened, he was unable to catch anybody.


Gold Silver Bronze
Noureddine Morceli
Fermín Cacho
Stephen Kipkorir


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:27.37 Algeria Noureddine Morceli Nice (FRA) July 12, 1995
Olympic Record 3:32.53 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Los Angeles (USA) August 11, 1984

Final classification[edit]

Med 1.png  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 3:35.78 3:32.88 3:41.95
Med 2.png  Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:36.40 3:33.12 3:39.84
Med 3.png  Stephen Kipkorir (KEN) 3:36.72 3:35.53 3:36.70
4.  Laban Rotich (KEN) 3:37.39 3:33.73 3:35.88
5.  William Tanui (KEN) 3:37.42 3:33.57 3:37.72
6.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 3:38.03 3:33.30 3:42.32
7.  Marko Koers (NED) 3:38.18 3:36.06 3:36.18
8.  Ali Hakimi (TUN) 3:38.19 3:35.91 3:36.58
9.  Mohammed Suleiman (QAT) 3:38.26 3:36.01 3:37.70
10.  Driss Maazouzi (MAR) 3:39.65 3:34.35 3:37.08
11.  John Mayock (GBR) 3:40.18 3:34.55 3:42.31
12.  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:40.75 3:35.29 3:37.66


 Kader Chekhemani (FRA) 3:34.84 3:37.81
 Branko Zorko (CRO) 3:35.14 3:37.35
 Balázs Tölgyesi (HUN) 3:35.57 3:36.71
 Luís Feiteira (POR) 3:40.31 3:38.09
 Niall Bruton (IRL) 3:42.88 3:37.42
 Isaac Viciosa (ESP) 3:36.11 3:37.93
 Anthony Whiteman (GBR) 3:36.11 3:40.74
 Christophe Impens (BEL) 3:37.64 3:40.16
 Paul McMullen (USA) 3:37.81 3:39.94
 Reyes Estévez (ESP) 3:39.44 3:42.48
 Shane Healy (IRL) 3:39.81 3:37.28
 Kevin McKay (GBR) 3:43.61 3:38.02
 Ovidiu Olteanu (ROU) DNQ 3:38.33
 Vyacheslav Shabunin (RUS) DNQ 3:38.56
 Edgar de Oliveira (BRA) DNQ 3:40.70
 Steve Agar (DMA) DNQ 3:43.02
 Brian Hyde (USA) DNQ 3:48.20
 Andriy Bulkovskiy (UKR) DNQ 3:53.30
 Tawai Keiruan (VAN) DNQ 4:02.78
 Rachid El Basir (MAR) DNQ 3:42.85
 Julius Achon (UGA) DNQ 3:43.08
 Luis Jesus (POR) DNQ 3:44.65
 Joaquim Cruz (BRA) DNQ 3:45.32
 João N'tyamba (ANG) DNQ 3:46.41
 Ali Ibrahim (DJI) DNQ 3:46.62
 Michael Gottschalk (GER) DNQ 3:56.46
 Mickael Damian (FRA) DNQ 3:39.21
 Jason Pyrah (USA) DNQ 3:39.91
 Antonio Travassos (POR) DNQ 3:42.01
 Martin Johns (NZL) DNQ 3:44.91
 Hussain Riyaz (MDV) DNQ 4:15.14
 Marcus O'Sullivan (IRL) DNQ 3:38.16
 Peter Philipp (SUI) DNQ 3:41.60
 Werner Edler-Muhr (AUT) DNQ 3:45.02
 Alexis Sharangabo (RWA) DNQ 3:46.42
 Ali Mabruk Ezayedi (LBA) DNQ 3:51.49
 Andrey Loginov (RUS) DNQ 3:40.99
 Dieudonne Kwizera (BDI) DNQ 3:41.45
 Ahmed Krama (ALG) DNQ 3:42.09
 Bahadur Prasad (IND) DNQ 3:46.16
 Eric Dubus (FRA) DNQ 3:47.01
 Thomas Ebner (AUT) DNQ 3:48.38
 Paul Cleary (AUS) DNQ 3:52.85
 Graham Hood (CAN) DNQ DNF

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