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
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–7 August
Competitors 44 from 29 nations
Winning time 3:34.08
Gold medal    Algeria
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    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