Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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The 1500 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Monday 25 September, Wednesday 27 September, and Friday 29 September 2000.

The top six runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the semifinals. The next six fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. Those 24 runners competed in 2 heats in the semifinals, with the top five runners from each heat qualifying for the finals and the next two fastest runner from the semifinals also qualified.

World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj was the clear favorite coming into the race, but he had a reputation for setting records in races set up by a pacemaker. His countryman Youssef Baba provided the service, sacrificing his own ambition in the final, he took the pace out in 54.14, the two Moroccan teammates leading the two Kenyan challengers Noah Ngeny and Bernard Lagat, separating from the rest of the field. On the second lap the pace lagged to 60.63, letting the other runners back in. Baba disappeared quickly leaving El Guerrouj to burn off the Kenyans taking the third lap in 56.90. But the Kenyans remained close with Mehdi Baala a step behind. Through the final turn Ngeny executed a textbook kick, moving onto El Guerrouj's shoulder, sliding into the second lane and sprinting past him for the gold. Lagat moved into lane 3 with hopes of passing as well but ran out of real estate to take the bronze.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Noah Ngeny
 Kenya
Silver Hicham El Guerrouj
 Morocco
Bronze Bernard Lagat
 Kenya

Records[edit]

World Record 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic Record 3:32.53 Sebastian Coe Great Britain Los Angeles, California, United States 11 August 1984

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 4 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 1 3:38.57 Q
2 5 Jose Antonio Redolat  Spain 7 3:38.66 Q
3 10 Kamel Boulahfane  Algeria 10 3:39.01 Q
4 11 John Mayock  Great Britain 3 3:39.08 Q
5 12 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 8 3:39.09 Q
6 13 Michael Stember  United States 12 3:39:13 Q
7 15 Julius Achon  Uganda 6 3:39.40 q
8 19 William Chirchir  Kenya 5 3:40.22
9 23 James Nolan  Ireland 13 3:40.50
10 33 Darko Radomirović  Yugoslavia 11 3:43.57
11 35 Nick Howarth  Australia 4 3:45.46
12 36 Branko Zorko  Croatia 9 3:46.16
13 37 Francis Munthali  Malawi 1 3:46.34 NR
Heat 2 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 21 Mehdi Baala  France 3 3:40.35 Q
2 22 Bernard Lagat  Kenya 5 3:40.42 Q
3 24 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 1 3:40.60 Q
4 25 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 12 3:40.80 Q
5 26 Daniel Zegeye  Ethiopia 2 3:40.91 Q
6 27 Gabriel Jennings  United States 14 3:40:96 Q
7 28 Adil Kaouch  Morocco 13 3:41.06
8 29 Mohamed Khaldi  Algeria 6 3:41.16
9 30 Vyacheslav Shabunin  Russia 7 3:41.52
10 31 Ivan Heshko  Ukraine 9 3:41.80
11 34 Alexis Sharangabo  Rwanda 8 3:44.06
12 38 Chungu Chipako  Zambia 11 3:49.79
13 40 Jose Luis Ebatela Nvo  Equatorial Guinea 4 4:06.14
14 41 Anthony Whiteman  Great Britain 4 DNF
Heat 3 of 3
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 7 3:38.03 Q
2 2 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 14 3:38.41 Q
3 3 Andrés Manuel Díaz  Spain 3 3:38.54 Q
4 6 Youssef Baba  Morocco 1 3:38.68 Q
5 7 Berhanu Alemu  Ethiopia 4 3:38.79 Q
6 8 Driss Maazouzi  France 5 3:38:88 Q
7 9 Jason Pyrah  United States 13 3:38.94 q
8 14 Marko Koers  Netherlands 9 3:39.16 q
9 16 Mohammed Yagoub  Sudan 12 3:39.52 q
10 17 Hudson de Souza  Brazil 2 3:39.70 q
11 18 Andrew Graffin  Great Britain 6 3:39:75 q
12 20 Ibrahim Mohamud Aden Gedi  Somalia 11 3:40.33
13 32 Rui Silva  Portugal 10 3:41.93
14 39 Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel  Mauritania 8 4:03.74 PB

Overall Results Round 1

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 3 7 1 3:38.03 Q
2 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 3 14 2 3:38.41 Q
3 Andrés Manuel Díaz  Spain 3 3 3 3:38.54 Q
4 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 1 1 1 3:38.57 Q
5 Jose Antonio Redolat  Spain 1 7 2 3:38.66 Q
6 Youssef Baba  Morocco 3 1 4 3:38.68 Q
7 Berhanu Alemu  Ethiopia 3 4 5 3:38.79 Q
8 Driss Maazouzi  France 3 5 6 3:38:88 Q
9 Jason Pyrah  United States 3 13 7 3:38.94 q
10 Kamel Boulahfane  Algeria 1 10 3 3:39.01 Q
11 John Mayock  Great Britain 1 3 4 3:39.08 Q
12 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 1 8 5 3:39.09 Q
13 Michael Stember  United States 1 12 6 3:39:13 Q
14 Marko Koers  Netherlands 3 9 8 3:39.16 q
15 Julius Achon  Uganda 1 6 7 3:39.40 q
16 Mohammed Yagoub  Sudan 3 12 9 3:39.52 q
17 Hudson de Souza  Brazil 3 2 10 3:39.70 q
18 Andrew Graffin  Great Britain 3 6 11 3:39:75 q
19 William Chirchir  Kenya 1 5 8 3:40.22
20 Ibrahim Mohamud Aden Gedi  Somalia 3 11 12 3:40.33
21 Mehdi Baala  France 2 3 1 3:40.35 Q
22 Bernard Lagat  Kenya 2 5 2 3:40.42 Q
23 James Nolan  Ireland 1 13 9 3:40.50
24 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 2 1 3 3:40.60 Q
25 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 2 12 4 3:40.80 Q
26 Daniel Zegeye  Ethiopia 2 2 5 3:40.91 Q
27 Gabriel Jennings  United States 2 14 6 3:40.96 Q
28 Adil Kaouch  Morocco 2 13 7 3:41.06
29 Mohamed Khaldi  Algeria 2 6 8 3:41.16
30 Vyacheslav Shabunin  Russia 2 7 9 3:41.52
31 Ivan Heshko  Ukraine 2 9 10 3:41.80
32 Rui Silva  Portugal 3 10 13 3:41.93
33 Darko Radomirović  Yugoslavia 1 11 10 3:43.57
34 Alexis Sharangabo  Rwanda 2 8 11 3:44.06
35 Nick Howarth  Australia 1 4 11 3:45.46
36 Branko Zorko  Croatia 1 9 12 3:46.16
37 Francis Munthali  Malawi 1 1 13 3:46.34 NR
38 Chungu Chipako  Zambia 2 11 12 3:49.79
39 Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel  Mauritania 3 8 14 4:03.74 PB
40 Jose Luis Ebatela Nvo  Equatorial Guinea 2 4 13 4:06.14
41 Anthony Whiteman  Great Britain 2 10 DNF

Semi-Finals[edit]

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 8 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 12 3:39.29 Q
2 10 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 2 3:39.66 Q
3 11 Jason Pyrah  United States 11 3:40.04 Q
4 13 Youssef Baba  Morocco 9 3:40.16 Q
5 14 Driss Maazouzi  France 8 3:40.23 Q
6 15 Julius Achon  Uganda 6 3:40:32
7 16 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 10 3:49.92
8 17 Hudson de Souza  Brazil 3 3:41.00
9 19 Michael Stember  United States 1 3:42.30
10 20 Andrew Graffin  Great Britain 7 3:42.72
11 22 Jose Antonio Redolat  Spain 5 3:45.46
12 24 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 4 4:00.78
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 6 3:37.60 Q
2 2 Bernard Lagat  Kenya 10 3:37.84 Q
3 3 Daniel Zegeye  Ethiopia 11 3:38.08 Q
4 4 Mehdi Baala  France 4 3:38.15 Q
5 5 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 12 3:38.37 Q
6 6 Andrés Manuel Díaz  Spain 2 3:38:41 q
7 7 John Mayock  Great Britain 5 3:38.68 q
8 9 Marko Koers  Netherlands 7 3:39.42
9 12 Gabriel Jennings  United States 9 3:40.10
10 18 Berhanu Alemu  Ethiopia 3 3:41.09
11 21 Kamel Boulahfane  Algeria 1 3:43.98
12 23 Mohammed Yagoub  Sudan 8 3:50.60

Overall Results Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 2 6 1 3:37.60 Q
2 Bernard Lagat  Kenya 2 10 2 3:37.84 Q
3 Daniel Zegeye  Ethiopia 2 11 3 3:38.08 Q
4 Mehdi Baala  France 2 4 4 3:38.15 Q
5 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 2 12 5 3:38.37 Q
6 Andrés Manuel Díaz  Spain 2 2 6 3:38.41 q
7 John Mayock  Great Britain 2 5 7 3:38.68 q
8 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 1 12 1 3:39:29 Q
9 Marko Koers  Netherlands 2 7 8 3:39.42
10 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 1 2 2 3:39.66 Q
11 Jason Pyrah  United States 1 11 3 3:40.04 Q
12 Gabriel Jennings  United States 2 9 9 3:40.10
13 Youssef Baba  Morocco 1 9 4 3:40:16 Q
14 Driss Maazouzi  France 1 8 5 3:40.23 Q
15 Julius Achon  Uganda 1 6 6 3:40.32
16 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 1 10 7 3:40.92
17 Hudson de Souza  Brazil 1 3 8 3:41.00
18 Berhanu Alemu  Ethiopia 2 3 10 3:41:09
19 Michael Stember  United States 1 1 9 3:42.30
20 Andrew Graffin  Great Britain 1 7 10 3:42.72
21 Kamel Boulahfane  Algeria 2 1 11 3:43.98
22 Jose Antonio Redolat  Spain 1 5 11 3:45.46
23 Mohammed Yagoub  Sudan 2 8 12 3:50.60
24 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 1 4 12 4:00.78

Final[edit]

Date: Friday 29 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Record
1Gold medal icon.svg Noah Ngeny  Kenya 11 3:32.07 OR
2Silver medal icon.svg Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 1 3:32.32
3Bronze medal icon.svg Bernard Lagat  Kenya 7 3:32.44
4 Mehdi Baala  France 8 3:34.14
5 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 2 3:35.50
6 Daniel Zegeye  Ethiopia 3 3:36.78
7 Andrés Manuel Díaz  Spain 10 3:37.27
8 Juan Carlos Higuero  Spain 4 3:38.91
9 John Mayock  Great Britain 5 3:39.41
10 Jason Pyrah  United States 6 3:39.84
11 Driss Maazouzi  France 12 3:45.46
12 Youssef Baba  Morocco 9 3:56.08

References[edit]

Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics