Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres
|Women's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Competitors||48 from 25 nations|
|Winning time||3:57.90 NR|
|Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
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.
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.
Prior to the competition[update], 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.
|Tuesday, 24 August 2004||20:30||Round 1|
|Thursday, 26 August 2004||20:30||Semifinals|
|Saturday, 28 August 2004||20:30||Final|
Qualification rule: The first five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next nine fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.
|6||Carrie Tollefson||United States||4:06.46||q|
|7||Hayley Tullett||Great Britain||4:07.27||q|
|16||Nouria Merah Benida||Algeria||DNS|
|2||Kelly Holmes||Great Britain||4:05.58||Q|
|3||Daniela Yordanova||Bulgaria||4:05.87||Q, SB|
|11||Jasminka Guber||Bosnia and Herzegovina||4:17.75||PB|
|15||Kanchhi Maya Koju||Nepal||4:38.17||PB|
|4||Nancy Jebet Lagat||Kenya||4:06.94||Q|
|13||Joanne Pavey||Great Britain||4:12.50|
Qualification rule: The top five finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.
|7||Nancy Jebet Lagat||Kenya||4:07.57|
|11||Hayley Tullett||Great Britain||4:08.92|
|2||Kelly Holmes||Great Britain||4:04.77||Q|
|5||Daniela Yordanova||Bulgaria||4:04.94||Q, SB|
|9||Carrie Tollefson||United States||4:08.55|
|Kelly Holmes||Great Britain||3:57.90||NR|
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- Jump, Paul (28 August 2004). "Holmes cruises to golden double". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 1500m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.