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1983 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

1983 1st IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 1500m


 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 4 & 8 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 12)
Dates: 7–14 August 1983 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 & 4 fastest to final) (Aug 13)
Nations participating: 153
Athletes participating: 1,355
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium
A tactically perfect race by Cram continued Britain’s great run of success in championship 1500m races of the 80s. One of the best quality fields of the championships set off at a pace slower than the women’s final (400m: 64.98, 800m: 2:07.73). The Cram camp had been warned that Aouita – world leader at 3:32.54 – would make a move 500m from home. This proved to be perfectly true. The Moroccan bolted ahead and Cram responded to follow Aouita into the last lap. The favourite, Scott, was also in close contention but world record holder Ovett was boxed. Cram went past Aouita with 200m remaining and led from the Moroccan into the finishing straight with Scott third. Running wide, the American moved into second and, for an instant, looked as if he would overtake Cram. Aouita also continued to run strongly. But they could gain little on the long-striding Briton who was able to cross the line with fists clenched in triumph. Ovett, who ran the last 300m quicker than anyone else, just fell short of catching Aouita for the bronze. “I think the reason for the slow race was the fact that most of the front runners had been knocked out in the semi-finals,” concluded the winner, whose preparation for the championships had been limited by injury. “This race went perfectly for me.”
 These are the official results of the men's 1500 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 52 participating athletes, with four qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Sunday 14 August 1983.

Records

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:31.36 Koblenz, West Germany August 27, 1980
Championship Record New event
 
  1500m 14 August
  Final
1 Steve Cram GBR 14 Oct 60 3.41.59
2 Steve Scott USA 5 May 56 3.41.87
3 Saïd Aouita MAR 2 Nov 59 3.42.02
4 Steve Ovett GBR 9 Oct 55 3.42.34
5 José Manuel Abascal ESP 17 Mar 58 3.42.47
6 Pierre Délèze SUI 25 Aug 58 3.43.69
7 Andreas Busse GDR 6 May 59 3.43.72
8 Dragan Zdravkovic YUG 16 Dec 59 3.43.75
9 John Walker NZL 12 Jan 52 3.44.24
10 Jan Kubista TCH 27 May 60 3.44.30
11 Uwe Becker FRG 10 Dec 55 3.45.09
12 Mike Boit KEN 6 Jan 49 3.46.46
  Semifinals 13 August
  Heat 1
1 Steve Scott USA 5 May 56 3.36.43
2 Saïd Aouita MAR 2 Nov 59 3.36.43
3 Jan Kubista TCH 27 May 60 3.37.12
4 Uwe Becker FRG 10 Dec 55 3.37.27
5 Andreas Busse GDR 6 May 59 3.37.54
6 José Luís González ESP 8 Dec 57 3.38.77
7 Niels Kim Hjorth DEN 29 Jun 59 3.39.75
8 Abderrahmane Morceli ALG 1 Jan 57 3.39.88
9 Stefano Mei ITA 3 Feb 63 3.41.78
10 Graham Williamson GBR 15 Jun 60 3.45.84
11 Frank O'Mara IRL 17 Jul 60 3.47.10
Robert Nemeth AUT 5 Jun 58 DNF
  Heat 2
2 Steve Cram GBR 14 Oct 60 3.36.26
2 Steve Ovett GBR 9 Oct 55 3.36.26
3 José Manuel Abascal ESP 17 Mar 58 3.36.35
4 Pierre Délèze SUI 25 Aug 58 3.36.37
5 John Walker NZL 12 Jan 52 3.36.52
6 Dragan Zdravkovic YUG 16 Dec 59 3.37.31
7 Mike Boit KEN 6 Jan 49 3.37.75
8 Claudio Patrignani ITA 9 Jan 59 3.38.36
9 Sydney Maree USA 9 Sep 56 3.38.65
10 Piotr Kurek POL 19 May 61 3.39.54
11 Ray Flynn IRL 22 Jan 57 3.40.26
12 Eddy Stevens BEL 26 Apr 61 3.42.63
13 Tom Byers USA 12 May 55 3.43.97
  Heats 12 August
  Heat 1
1 Pierre Délèze SUI 25 Aug 58 3.42.28
2 Sydney Maree USA 9 Sep 56 3.43.13
3 Uwe Becker FRG 10 Dec 55 3.43.18
4 Ray Flynn IRL 22 Jan 57 3.43.27
5 João Campos POR 22 Sep 58 3.43.44
6 Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 2 Dec 64 3.43.58
7 Nikolay Kirov URS 22 Nov 57 3.43.77
8 Jan Persson SWE 1 Jul 61 3.43.83
9 Dave Reid CAN 20 Mar 63 3.45.08
10 Mohamed Henchiri TUN 17 Mar 57 3.45.90
11 Jama Mohamed Aden SOM 62 3.46.87
12 Tisbite Rakotoarisoa MAD 3.52.91
13 Luis Munguia NCA 4.02.06
  Heat 2
1 Steve Cram GBR 14 Oct 60 3.40.17
2 Saïd Aouita MAR 2 Nov 59 3.40.39
3 Frank O'Mara IRL 17 Jul 60 3.40.53
4 John Walker NZL 12 Jan 52 3.40.67
5 Piotr Kurek POL 19 May 61 3.40.96
6 Niels Kim Hjorth DEN 29 Jun 59 3.41.29
7 Peter Wirz SUI 29 Jul 60 3.41.69
8 Philippe Dien FRA 10 Jun 57 3.43.15
9 Spyros Spyrou GRE 11 May 58 3.43.94
10 Paul Rugut KEN 1 Jan 62 3.46.00
11 James Igohe TAN 62 3.48.58
12 Charlie Oliver SOL 9 Jul 55 4.18.24
- Mehdi Aidet ALG DNS
  Heat 3
1 Andreas Busse GDR 6 May 59 3.38.65
2 Steve Ovett GBR 9 Oct 55 3.39.00
3 Dragan Zdravkovic YUG 16 Dec 59 3.39.18
4 Jan Kubista TCH 27 May 60 3.39.20
5 Tom Byers USA 12 May 55 3.39.41
6 Eddy Stevens BEL 26 Apr 61 3.39.77
7 Stefano Mei ITA 3 Feb 63 3.39.93
8 José Luís González ESP 8 Dec 57 3.41.29
9 Pascal Thiébaut FRA 6 Jun 59 3.41.51
10 Amar Brahmia ALG 2 Sep 54 3.42.75
11 Omar Khalifa SUD 18 Dec 56 3.48.23
12 John Chappory GIB 29 Jul 62 3.56.92
13 Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa RWA 13 Jul 53 3.57.49
  Heat 4
1 Steve Scott USA 5 May 56 3.37.87
2 José Manuel Abascal ESP 17 Mar 58 3.38.06
3 Claudio Patrignani ITA 9 Jan 59 3.38.35
4 Graham Williamson GBR 15 Jun 60 3.38.99
5 Abderrahmane Morceli ALG 1 Jan 57 3.39.77
6 Robert Nemeth AUT 5 Jun 58 3.39.93
7 Mike Boit KEN 6 Jan 49 3.40.06
8 Antti Loikkanen FIN 15 Apr 55 3.44.47
9 Sermet Timurlenk TUR 12 Aug 56 3.46.74
10 Mohammed Darwish IRQ 3.50.04
11 Ibrahim Malallah QAT 3.52.05
13 Masini Situ Kumbanza COD 25 Dec 55 4.08.46
 

Heat 1 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Jama Aden SOM SOM    
  Uwe Becker FRG FRG    
  Joao Campos POR POR    
  Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN KEN 3:34.92 3:34.92
  Pierre Délèze SUI SUI 3:33.80  
  Ray Flynn IRL IRL 3:33.5  
  Mohamed Neji Henkiri TUN TUN    
  Nikolay Kirov URS URS    
  Sydney Maree USA USA 3:38.2i  
  Luis Munguia NCA NCA    
  Jan Persson SWE SWE 3:37.55 3:37.55
  Tisbite Rakotoarisoa MAD MAD    
  Dave Reid CAN CAN    

Heat 2 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Mehdi Aidet ALG ALG    
  Saïd Aouita MAR MAR    
  Steve Cram GBR GBR 3:41.98  
  Philippe Dien FRA FRA 3:34.52 3:34.52
  Niels Kim Hjorth DEN DEN    
  Jimmy Igohe TAN TAN    
  Piotr Kurek POL POL    
  Frank O'Mara IRL IRL    
  Charlie Oliver SOL SOL    
  Paul Rugut KEN KEN    
  Spyros Spyrou GRE GRE 3:39.76 3:39.76
  John Walker NZL NZL 3:32.4  
  Peter Wirz SUI SUI    

Heat 3 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Amar Brahmia ALG ALG    
  Andreas Busse GDR GDR 3:40.17  
  Tom Byers USA USA    
  John Chappory GIB GIB 3:57.5  
  José Luís Gonzalez ESP ESP    
  Omer Khalifa SUD SUD    
  Jan Kubista TCH TCH    
  Stefano Mei ITA ITA 3:39.00  
  Steve Ovett GBR GBR 3:31.36  
  Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa RWA RWA    
  Eddy Stevens BEL BEL    
  Pascal Thiébaut FRA FRA    
  Dragan Zdravkovic YUG YUG 3:42.2  

Heat 4 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  José Manuel Abascal ESP ESP    
  Mike Boit KEN KEN 3:38.41  
  Sekou Camara GUI GUI    
  Mohammed Darwish IRQ IRQ    
  Antti Loikkanen FIN FIN 3:36.3  
  Ibrahim Malallah QAT QAT    
  Abderrahmane Morceli ALG ALG    
  Robert Nemeth AUT AUT    
  Claudio Patrignani ITA ITA 3:36.08 3:36.08
  Steve Scott USA USA 3:36.0i  
  Masini Situ-Kubanza COD COD    
  Sermet Timurlenk TUR TUR    
  Graham Williamson GBR GBR 3:34.01 3:34.01

 

 

 

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