Men's 1500 metres European record progression

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The following table shows the European record progression in the men's 1500 metres, as ratified by the EAA.[1][2]

Hand timing[edit]

Time Athlete Nationality Venue Date
3:54.7 John Zander  Sweden Stockholm, Sweden August 5, 1917
3:52.6 Paavo Nurmi  Finland Helsinki, Finland June 19, 1924
3:51.0 Otto Peltzer  Germany Berlin, Germany September 11, 1926
3:49.2 Jules Ladoumegue  France Paris, France October 5, 1930
3:49.2 Luigi Beccali  Italy Turin, Italy September 9, 1933
3:49.0 Luigi Beccali  Italy Milan, Italy September 17, 1933
3:48.6 Miklós Szabó  Hungary Budapest, Hungary October 3, 1937
3:47.6 (a) Gunder Hägg  Sweden Stockholm, Sweden August 10, 1941
3:45.8 Gunder Hägg  Sweden Stockholm, Sweden July 17, 1942
3:45.0 Arne Andersson  Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden August 17, 1943
3:43.0 Gunder Hägg  Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden July 17, 1944
3:43.0 Lennart Strand  Sweden Malmö, Sweden July 15, 1947
3:43.0 Werner Lueg  Germany Berlin, Germany June 29, 1952
3:42.4 Sandor Iharos  Hungary Oslo, Norway August 3, 1954
3:40.8 Sandor Iharos  Hungary Helsinki, Finland July 28, 1955
3:40.8 Laszlo Tabori  Hungary Oslo, Norway September 6, 1955
3:40.8 Gunnar Nielsen  Denmark Oslo, Norway September 6, 1955
3:40.6 (b) Istvan Rozsavolgyi  Hungary Tata, Hungary August 3, 1956
3:40.2 Olavi Salsola  Finland Turku, Finland July 11, 1957
3:40.2 Olavi Salonen  Finland Turku, Finland July 11, 1957
3:38.1 Stanislav Jungwirth  Czech Republic Stara Boleslav, Czechoslovakia July 12, 1957
3:37.8 Michel Jazy  France Paris, France July 28, 1963
3:36.4 Jürgen May  West Germany Erfurt, Germany July 14, 1965
3:36.3 Michel Jazy  France Sochaux, France June 25, 1966
3:34.0 Jean Wadoux  France Paris, France July 23, 1970
3:32.8 Sebastian Coe  United Kingdom Oslo, Norway July 17, 1979

(a) Sometimes given as 3:47.5.
(b) Sometimes given as 3:40.5.

Automatic timing[edit]

Time Athlete Nationality Venue Date
3:32.03 (a) Sebastian Coe  United Kingdom Zurich, Switzerland August 15, 1979
3:32.09 (a) Steve Ovett  United Kingdom Oslo, Norway July 15, 1980
3:31.36 Steve Ovett  United Kingdom Koblenz, Germany August 27, 1980
3:30.77 Steve Ovett  United Kingdom Rieti, Italy September 4, 1983
3:29.67 Steve Cram  United Kingdom Nice, France July 16, 1985
3:28.95 Fermín Cacho  Spain Zurich, Switzerland August 13, 1997
3:28.81 Mo Farah  United Kingdom Monaco July 19, 2013

(a) Timed electronically at a time when records were ratified at intervals of one tenth of a second, these were considered equivalent performances.

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