List of middle-distance runners

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As of May 2005, this is a list of notable male middle distance runners (800 m – 3000 m) since the first Olympic Games in 1896.

This list includes any athlete who has been a medalist in the Olympic Games or World championships (indoor and outdoor). Also included are medalists in the IAAF World Cup and WAF events. Finally, it includes any athlete ranked (by time) in the top three of a middle distance event for any given year since 1980.

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Athletes who medalled in a middle distance event at both the European and Commonwealth Championships but did not meet the criteria to be listed above:


Other athletes who were ranked in the top three of 'Track and Field News' (TFN) end of year rankings for 800 m or 1500 m but have not already been listed above, are listed below. Rankings have been done every year since 1947.

André De Hertoghe BEL – Andy Carter GB – Arnie Sowell USA – Ben Jipcho KEN – Dan Waern SWE – Danie Malan SA – David Mack US – Derek Ibbotson GBR – Dieter Fromm EG – Don Gehrmann USA – Doug Harris NZ – Dyrol Burleson USA – Francesco Arese ITA – Franz-Josef Kemper WG – Gaston Reiff BEL – Gösta Bergkvist SWE – Gunnar Nielsen DEN – Henry Szordykowski POL – Jean-Pierre Dufresne FRA – Jerry Siebert USA – Jim Baily AUS – Jim Beatty USA – Jim Dupree FRA – John Fulton USA – Jozef Plachy CZE – Jürgen May EG – Ken Swenson USA – Lajos Szentgáli HUN – László Tábori HUN – Manfred Matuschewski EG – Marcello Fiasconaro ITA – Marty Liquori USA – Merv Lincoln AUS – Murray Halberg NZ – Niels Hoslt-Sörensen DEN – Olle Åberg SWE – Patrick El Mabrouk FRA – Luciano Susanj YUG – Urban Cleve WG – Sándor Iharos HUN – Siegried Valentin EG – Stanislav Jungwirth CZE – Stefan Lewandowski POL – Wade Bell USA – Wes Santee USA – Wilfred Kirochi KEN


Other Commonwealth Games medalists not already listed above:

Gerald Backhouse AUS – Frank Handley ENG – Alan Simpson ENG – Albie Thomas AUS – Ben Jipcho KEN – Benedict Cayenne TRI – Bill Dale CAN – Bill Parnell CAN – Brian Hewson ENG – Chris McGeorge ENG – Dave Campbell CAN – Dick Quax NZL – Willie Botha SAF – Ian Boyd ENG – Ian Studd NZL – Jack Hutchins CAN – James "Hamish" Stothard SCO – Jim Alford WAL – John Gladwin ENG – John Kipkurgat KEN – John Robson SCO – Kevin Sullivan CAN – Kris McCarthy AUS – Len Eyre ENG – Matthew Yates ENG – Maurice Marshall NZL – Merv Lincoln AUS – Michael East ENG – Noel Clough AUS – Peter Bourke AUS – Peter Lemashon KEN – Peter O'Donoghue NZL/AUS – Reg Thomas WAL – Reuben Chesang KEN – Rich Ferguson CAN – Robert Ouko KEN – Sammy Tirop KEN – Savieri Ngidhi ZIM – Seymour Newman JAM – Terry Sullivan FRN – Tony Blue AUS – Vernon "Pat" Boot NZL – William Smart CAN – William Whyte AUS – Youcef Abdi AUS


Other European Athletics Championships medalists not already listed above:

Bill Nankeville GBR – Erik Jørgensen DEN – Frank Murphy IRL – Hans-Peter Ferner FRG – Harald Norpoth FRG – Jacques Lévèque FRA – John Whetton GBR – Jorma Härkönen FIN – Joseph Mostert BEL – Klaus-Peter Justus GDR – Lucien De Muynck BEL – Lukas Vydra CZE – Markku Taskinen FIN – Miklós Szabó HUN – Paul Schmidt FRG – Piotr Piekarski POL – Roger Normand FRA – Rudolf Harbig GER – Rune Gustafsson SWE – Tom Birger Hansen DEN – Tomá Salinger TCH – Valeriy Bulyshev URS – Witold Baran POL – Marcin Lewandowski POL – Michael Rimmer GBR – Adam Kszczot POL