Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date3–7 August
Competitors44 from 29 nations
Winning time3:34.08
1st, gold medalist(s) Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Leonel Manzano  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco
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The Men's 1500 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–7 August.[1]

The first round races were all very tightly packed, strategic affairs. The first race was the fastest, taking all but one of the time qualifiers into the semi-final. Andrew Wheating's 3:40.92 in the second heat was the slowest time qualifier, though it was exactly equal to Nick Willis' winning time in the last race. That race was broken up when Nixon Chepseba tripped sending several athletes scrambling to avoid the falling body. Chepseba ultimately finished 9th but was awarded a place in the semi-final on appeal, though no offending athlete was disqualified.

The first semi final was strategic from the start, when the sprinting started, Taoufik Makhloufi easily took the lead and held the position. Since it was strategic, no time qualifiers came from this semi. In the other semi, Chepseba took it out at a faster pace, to avoid getting caught in traffic. At the 800 mark, Nathan Brannen fell flat and was not able to get back into contention. When the sprinting started, Abdalaati Iguider looked to be the fastest. The slowest time qualifier was almost 7 seconds faster than Makhloufi winning the first.

Earlier on the day before the final, Makhloufi was also in an 800 metres qualifying round race, but he ran slowly and dropped out. Because of the "honest effort" rule, he was disqualified from further competition in the Olympics. It took an appeal by Algerian team officials to get him re-instated by claiming he had a known knee injury.[2]

In the final, Makhloufi made a miraculous recovery from the injury in order to run. Kenyan Chepseba, and Kenyan born Bahraini Belal Mansoor Ali ran shoulder to shoulder until 600 to go when Chepseba then decided to take the lead solo. Behind him runners were three abreast, with Makhloufi and Silas Kiplagat trading elbows to be in position for the final lap. Another elbow just before 300 to go, and Makhloufi broke away with Kiplagat and Mekonnen Gebremedhin in hot pursuit. With Makhloufi gone, 8 meters ahead, Gebremedhin took over second at the head of the stretch, Iguider sprinting a step behind. Five meters further back, Leonel Manzano was starting to sprint around teammate Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.. As Iguider was edging ahead of Gebremedhin, Manzano was rocketing along the outside passing into second 30 meters from the finish. Iguider just barely managed to finish a fraction ahead of the fast closing Centrowitz for the bronze medal.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 1500m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[3] In Round One the first six in each heat plus the next six fastest overall advanced for the semi-finals.[4] In the Semifinals the first five in each heat along with the next two fastest overall qualified for the final.[5]


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic record  Noah Ngeny (KEN) 3:32.07 Sydney, Australia 29 September 2000
2012 World leading  Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:28.88 Fontvieille, Monaco 20 July 2012

The following National records were set during this competition

Norway National Record  Henrik Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 3:35.43 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 20:05 Round 1
Sunday, 5 August 2012 20:15 Semifinals
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 21:00 Finals


Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 6 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria 3:35.15 Q
2 Mekonnen Gebremedhin  Ethiopia 3:36.56 Q
3 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:36.59 Q
4 Ross Murray  Great Britain 3:36.74 Q
5 Mohamad Al-Garni  Qatar 3:36.99 Q
6 Leonel Manzano  United States 3:37.00 Q
7 Florian Carvalho  France 3:37.05 q, SB
8 Mohamed Moustaoui  Morocco 3:37.41 q
9 Ryan Gregson  Australia 3:38.54 q
10 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:38.69 q
11 Yegor Nikolayev  Russia 3:38.92 q, SB
12 Álvaro Rodríguez  Spain 3:41.54
13 Teklit Teweldebrhan  Eritrea 3:42.88
14 Mamadou Barry  Guinea 4:05.08
15 Rabiou Guero Gao  Niger 4:05.46

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Mohammed Shaween  Saudi Arabia 3:39.42 Q, SB
2 Hamza Driouch  Qatar 3:39.67 Q
3 İlham Tanui Özbilen  Turkey 3:39.70 Q
4 Silas Kiplagat  Kenya 3:39.79 Q
5 Nathan Brannen  Canada 3:39.95 Q
6 Andrew Baddeley  Great Britain 3:40.34 Q
7 Andrew Wheating  United States 3:40.92 q
8 David Bustos  Spain 3:41.34
9 Dmitrijs Jurkevičs  Latvia 3:41.40
10 Dawit Wolde  Ethiopia 3:41.81
11 Niclas Sandells  Finland 3:42.67
12 Jamale Aarrass  France 3:45.13
13 Mohamed Mohamed  Somalia 3:46.16
14 Nabil Mohammed Al-Garbi  Yemen 3:55.46 SB
- Amine Laâlou  Morocco DNS

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[6]
1 Nick Willis  New Zealand 3:40.92 Q
2 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:41.08 Q
3 Yoann Kowal  France 3:41.12 Q
4 Henrik Ingebrigtsen  Norway 3:41.33 Q
5 Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.  United States 3:41.39 Q
6 Carsten Schlangen  Germany 3:41.51 Q
7 Diego Ruiz  Spain 3:41.52
8 Aman Wote  Ethiopia 3:41.67
9 Nixon Chepseba  Kenya 3:42.29 Appeal[7]
10 Emad Noor  Saudi Arabia 3:42.95
11 Eduar Villanueva  Venezuela 3:43.11
12 Andreas Vojta  Austria 3:43.52
13 Ciarán O'Lionaird  Ireland 3:48.35 SB
14 Samuel Vázquez  Puerto Rico 3:49.19


Qual. rule: first 5 of each semifinal (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria 3:42.25 Q
2 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:42.92 Q
3 Mekonnen Gebremedhin  Ethiopia 3:42.93 Q
4 Leonel Manzano  United States 3:42.94 Q
5 Henrik Ingebrigtsen  Norway 3:43.26 Q
6 Mohamed Moustaoui  Morocco 3:43.33
7 Mohammed Shaween  Saudi Arabia 3:43.39
8 Yoann Kowal  France 3:43.48
9 Andrew Wheating  United States 3:44.88
10 Ross Murray  Great Britain 3:44.92
11 Hamza Driouch  Qatar 3:49.40
12 Ryan Gregson  Australia 3:51.86

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:34.00 Q, SB
2 Silas Kiplagat  Kenya 3:34.60 Q
3 Nick Willis  New Zealand 3:34.70 Q
4 Nixon Chepseba  Kenya 3:34.89 Q
5 Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.  United States 3:34.90 Q, SB
6 İlham Tanui Özbilen  Turkey 3:35.18 q
7 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:35.40 q, SB
8 Andrew Baddeley  Great Britain 3:36.03
9 Mohamad Al-Garni  Qatar 3:36.78
10 Yegor Nikolayev  Russia 3:37.28 PB
11 Carsten Schlangen  Germany 3:38.23
12 Nathan Brannen  Canada 3:39.26
13 Florian Carvalho  France 3:40.61


Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria 3:34.08
2nd, silver medalist(s) Leonel Manzano  United States 3:34.79 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 3:35.13
4 Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.  United States 3:35.17
5 Henrik Ingebrigtsen  Norway 3:35.43 NR
6 Mekonnen Gebremedhin  Ethiopia 3:35.44
7 Silas Kiplagat  Kenya 3:36.19
8 İlham Tanui Özbilen  Turkey 3:36.72
9 Nick Willis  New Zealand 3:36.94
10 Belal Mansoor Ali  Bahrain 3:37.98
11 Nixon Chepseba  Kenya 3:39.04
12 Asbel Kiprop  Kenya 3:43.83


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  3. ^ "Men's 1500m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ Sports Reference: Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Men's 1500m, Round One
  5. ^ Sports Reference: Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Men's 1500m, Semi-Finals
  6. ^ a b c "1500 Metres - M. Heats". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Tripped Chepseba reinstated to semis on appeal". Retrieved 6 August 2012.