Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres
|Women's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||21 August 2008 (heats)
23 August 2008 (final)
|Competitors||33 from 18 nations|
|Athletics at the
2008 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 qualifying standards were 4:07.00 (A standard) and 4:08.00 (B standard).
This event was hit hard by the Russian doping scandal on 31 July 2008, as all three Russian entrants, Yuliya Fomenko, Tatyana Tomashova and Yelena Soboleva, were suspended from competition. These athletes were three of the favourites to take the medals in Beijing.
Prior to this 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 (ROU)||3:53.96||Seoul, South Korea||1 October 1988|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 3 fastest(q) advance to the final.
|4||Lisa Dobriskey||Great Britain||4:02.10||PB|
|5||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||Bahrain||4:02.71|
|7||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:03.58|
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)
|1200m||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||Bahrain||3:16.41|
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- IAAF Anti-doping investigation leads to provisional suspension of Russian athletes.IAAF.org. 31 July 2008.
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