Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres

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Women's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 24–28 August
Competitors 48 from 25 nations
Winning time 3:57.90 NR
1st, gold medalist(s) Kelly Holmes  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tatyana Tomashova  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Maria Cioncan  Romania
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The women's 1500 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 24 to 28.

The first round comprised three heats with the first five gaining a direct qualification and then the next nine fastest across all heats progressing to the semifinals. The top five runners in each of the two semifinal heats moved on directly to the final, and they were immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

The final started out quickly with the fastest qualifier Natalya Yevdokimova taking an insurmountable lead for the Russians alongside her teammates Olga Yegorova and reigning world champion Tatyana Tomashova. Great Britain's Kelly Holmes, who had earlier won the gold medal in the 800 metres, was expected to challenge her Russian rivals and the rest of the field for a possible Olympic double. Throughout the race, Holmes stayed calmly at the back of the field, lying eighth at the bell. With only one more lap to go, she bided her time to pull away from the rest of the runners through the curve, keeping an eye on the leaders. Holmes made a wider move with only 100 metres remaining to pass the leader Tomashova and sprinted down the home stretch to take the gold medal, setting a new British record of 3:57.90. Tomashova closed the race quickly to get the silver, while Romania's Maria Cioncan could not reach further to chase the leaders on a tight sprint finish, ending her up with a bronze.[1][2]

Holmes' feat made her one of Great Britain's most successful athletes in Olympic history, and the first to achieve an Olympic middle-distance double by either a male or a female, for 84 years, a feat that not accomplished by the 1980s running legends Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, and Steve Cram.[1]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Qu Yunxia (CHN) 3:50.46 Beijing, China 11 September 1993
Olympic record  Paula Ivan (ROM) 3:53.96 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 1500 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 4:05.80 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 4:07.15 or faster could be entered.


All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 20:30 Round 1
Thursday, 26 August 2004 20:30 Semifinals
Saturday, 28 August 2004 20:30 Final


Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next nine fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[3]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Tatyana Tomashova  Russia 4:06.06 Q
2 Nataliya Tobias  Ukraine 4:06.06 Q
3 Nuria Fernández  Spain 4:06.29 Q
4 Anna Jakubczak  Poland 4:06.37 Q
5 Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 4:06.42 Q
6 Carrie Tollefson  United States 4:06.46 q
7 Hayley Tullett  Great Britain 4:07.27 q
8 Carla Sacramento  Portugal 4:07.73 q
9 Courtney Babcock  Canada 4:08.18
10 Latifa Essarokh  France 4:09.08
11 Mestawat Tadesse  Ethiopia 4:11.78
12 Elena Iagăr  Romania 4:11.48
13 Silvia Felipo  Andorra 4:44.40 SB
14 Sloan Siegrist  Guam 4:44.53
16 Bouchra Ghezielle  Morocco DNS
16 Nouria Merah Benida  Algeria DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Natalya Yevdokimova  Russia 4:05.55 Q
2 Kelly Holmes  Great Britain 4:05.58 Q
3 Daniela Yordanova  Bulgaria 4:05.87 Q, SB
4 Maria Martins  France 4:05.95 Q
5 Hasna Benhassi  Morocco 4:05.98 Q
6 Lidia Chojecka  Poland 4:06.13 q
7 Iris Fuentes-Pila  Spain 4:06.32 q
8 Nahida Touhami  Algeria 4:06.41 q
9 Konstadina Efedaki  Greece 4:06.73 q
10 Malindi Elmore  Canada 4:09.81
11 Jasminka Guber  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4:17.75 PB
12 Meskerem Legesse  Ethiopia 4:18.03
13 Alina Cucerzan  Romania 4:18.07
14 Elena Guerra  Uruguay 4:35.31
15 Kanchhi Maya Koju  Nepal 4:38.17 PB
16 Iryna Lishchynska  Ukraine DNF

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Maria Cioncan  Romania 4:06.68 Q
2 Carmen Douma-Hussar  Canada 4:06.90 Q
3 Wioletta Janowska  Poland 4:06.91 Q
4 Nancy Jebet Lagat  Kenya 4:06.94 Q
5 Kutre Dulecha  Ethiopia 4:06.95 Q
6 Olga Yegorova  Russia 4:07.14 q
7 Natalia Rodríguez  Spain 4:07.19 q
8 Hind Dehiba  France 4:07.96
9 Nelya Neporadna  Ukraine 4:08.60
10 Trine Pilskog  Norway 4:08.61
11 Sarah Jamieson  Australia 4:09.25
12 Judit Varga  Hungary 4:09.36
13 Joanne Pavey  Great Britain 4:12.50
14 Tatiana Borisova  Kyrgyzstan 4:13.36
15 Sumaira Zahoor  Pakistan 4:49.33
16 Rosa Saul  Angola DNS


Qualification rule: The top five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[4]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Maria Cioncan  Romania 4:06.69 Q
2 Anna Jakubczak  Poland 4:06.77 Q
3 Tatyana Tomashova  Russia 4:06.80 Q
4 Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 4:07.10 Q
5 Hasna Benhassi  Morocco 4:07.39 Q
6 Nataliya Tobias  Ukraine 4:07.55
7 Nancy Jebet Lagat  Kenya 4:07.57
8 Kutre Dulecha  Ethiopia 4:07.63
9 Nuria Fernández  Spain 4:07.68
10 Iris Fuentes-Pila  Spain 4:07.69
11 Hayley Tullett  Great Britain 4:08.92
12 Konstadina Efedaki  Greece 4:09.37

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Natalya Yevdokimova  Russia 4:04.66 Q
2 Kelly Holmes  Great Britain 4:04.77 Q
3 Lidia Chojecka  Poland 4:04.83 Q
4 Natalia Rodríguez  Spain 4:04.91 Q
5 Daniela Yordanova  Bulgaria 4:04.94 Q, SB
6 Carmen Douma-Hussar  Canada 4:05.09 q
7 Olga Yegorova  Russia 4:05.57 q
8 Nahida Touhami  Algeria 4:07.21
9 Carrie Tollefson  United States 4:08.55
10 Carla Sacramento  Portugal 4:10.85
11 Wioletta Janowska  Poland 4:11.41
12 Maria Martins  France 4:12.76



Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Kelly Holmes  Great Britain 3:57.90 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tatyana Tomashova  Russia 3:58.12 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Maria Cioncan  Romania 3:58.39 PB
4 Natalya Yevdokimova  Russia 3:59.05 PB
5 Daniela Yordanova  Bulgaria 3:59.10 PB
6 Lidia Chojecka  Poland 3:59.27 SB
7 Anna Jakubczak  Poland 4:00.15 PB
8 Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey 4:00.67
9 Carmen Douma-Hussar  Canada 4:02.31 PB
10 Natalia Rodríguez  Spain 4:03.01 SB
11 Olga Yegorova  Russia 4:05.65
12 Hasna Benhassi  Morocco 4:12.90


  1. ^ a b "Golden double for Holmes". BBC Sport. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Jump, Paul (28 August 2004). "Holmes cruises to golden double". Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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