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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 1500m

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 2 & 8 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 28)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 5 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 25)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Hicham El Guerrouj won a fourth title, this time without any help from unofficial pacemakers. In fact it was the Moroccan who wore down the opposition with a quickening tempo after moving to the front himself just before 700m. Baala was the only one to keep in close touch with the world record holder who covered the third lap in 54.99. At the bell Estévez and Chouki looked clear in third and fourth places. El Guerrouj ran the six 100m segments from 700m progressively quicker, from 14.2 to 13.2 down the last backstraight. Yet Baala remained within striking distance while his compatriot Chouki moved into third spot. However, the French could not close the gap on the Moroccan, who clocked 53.90 for his last lap in comparison with Baala’s 55.3. Meanwhile Chouki faded from third to eighth in the last 100m as Heshko stormed through from sixth place to claim the bronze. The French number two was later disqualified for a doping violation.

These are the official results of the Men's 1500 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 29 participating athletes, with three qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Wednesday 27 August 2003 at 21:00h.

With all eyes on the world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj, the final started with home team favorite Mehdi Baala taking the lead off the line though he was Reyes Estévez uncharacteristically took the lead and began pushing the pace a half lap into the race. As soon as Estévez began to create some daylight, El Guerrouj covered the move through a 57.70 first lap, but after letting Estévez lead a whole lap El Guerrouj edged ahead. It was 1:56.29 (58.59) after 2 laps with Baala the first to follow El Guerrouj, with Paul Korir and Estévez in such close order drill that Korir stumbled from catching Estévez' legs and losing ground. At the bell in 2:37.87, Fouad Chouki joined what was becoming a breakaway by El Guerrouj, Baala and Estévez. 2:51.28 (54.99) after 3 laps and El Guerrouj accelerated. In the final turn, Chouki accelerated past Estévez, but only Baala had managed to stay close to El Guerrouj. Bala was in perfect position to run around El Guerrouj coming off the turn, instead El Guerrouj accelerated again and got enough of a gap that it was clear he was going to win. Coming off the turn Ivan Heshko was in sixth place. He moved out to lane 3 and began sprinting, challenged by Korir. 50 meters from the finish, Chouki began to run out of gas. Estévez passed him but his hold on the bronze medal position was short lived as Heshko, Korir and Rui Silva all ran past him before the line. A month after the race, Chouki was disqualified and suspended for having Erythropoietin in his system.

 
  1500m 27 August
  Final

Event Report Men 1500 Metres Final

Moroccan Hicham EL GUERROUJ is the undisputed king of the metric mile, as he collected his fourth World 1500m title here tonight.
 
Entering the Championships there were some who thought this would be a test of his talents as a racer rather than a runner as two Olympic losses blotted his copy book.
 
Facing him were two Frenchmen hailing from Strasbourg - Mehdi BAALA and Fouad CHOUKI. Both with bests set this season they only sat a second or so away on the 2003 rankings. Not a lot of breathing space for El Guerrouj.
 
Both locals received enormous cheers when introduced at the start and the support of the crowd certainly spurred them on.
 
After some initially tussling for the lead, Spaniard Reyes ESTEVES took matters into his hands entering the home straight for the first time. He was followed by Baala and the winner of the Kenyan world championships trial, Paul KORIR. El Guerrouj was not far away. The first lap was passed in 57.70.
 
Hitting the straight for the second time the Moroccan maestro clearly felt the pace wasn't to his liking and strode decisively to the front. The 800m was reached in 1:56.29, second lap of 58.59. All this time carrying his French shadow, Baala.
 
Starting the long drive for home El Guerrouj started to tighten the screws.
 
Reaching the bell the procession behind him was Baala, Esteves, Ukrainian Ivan HESKO, Chouki, then Korir.
 
The 1200m mark was passed in 2:51.28, the 54.99 third lap asking some harsh questions of the lesser lights in the field.
 
With 200m to go Baala was keeping contact and Chouki had moved to third to really whip the French crowd into a frenzy.
 
While probably feeling the heat of the close attention of Baala, El Guerrouj remained calm. The final play from Baala came with 80m to go, but El Guerrouj still had an ace in his hand. He pulled away majestically, finishing in 3:31.77. Baala was second in 3:32.31.
 
Chouki held third until 50m to go but the crowd could carry him no further, and was swamped in the closing stages. Hesko won the scramble for the bronze, (3:33.17) with Korir fourth in 3:33.47. Chouki stumbled across the line not far away in eighth place, 3:34.05.
 
This was a fine display of controlled running from El Guerrouj, showing there is a reason he holds the world records for 1500m, the mile and 2000m. While from Baala it was a brave run with the weight of expectation on him.

Like his countryman, Marc RAQUIL in the 400m the night before, he responded to the big occasion and the pressure that went with it. If El Guerrouj doesn't turn his back on the 1500m he can expect further duels with this slick Frenchman.

1 Hicham El Guerrouj MAR 14 Sep 74 3.31.77
2 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 3.32.31
3 Ivan Heshko UKR 19 Aug 79 3.33.17
4 Paul Korir KEN 15 Jul 77 3.33.47
5 Rui Silva POR 3 Aug 77 3.33.68
6 Reyes Estévez ESP 2 Aug 76 3.33.84
7 Gert-Jan Liefers NED 26 Sep 78 3.33.99
8 Vyacheslav Shabunin RUS 27 Sep 69 3.34.37
9 Isaac Songok KEN 25 Apr 84 3.34.39
10 Roberto Parra ESP 6 Apr 76 3.35.02
11 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP 3 Aug 78 3.38.49
Fouad Chouki FRA 1 Oct 78 DQ 32.2.a
  Semifinals 25 August

Event Report Men 1500m Semi Finals

Morocco's threetimes world champion Hicham EL GUERROUJ looks all set to make it four in a row after this evening's semi-finals.

The World record holder cruised through his heat, barely breaking a sweat to make the final with the minimum of effort. French favourites Mehdi BAALA and Fouad CHOUKI won't let him off without a fight though. They qualified easily, finishing first and fourth in heat two, split by Kenya's Paul KORIR and Juan Carlos HIGUERO of Spain.

Gert-Jan LIEFERS (NED) made the early running in heat one, taking the field through the first two laps at a modest pace. At that point El Guerrouj decided he'd had enough of jogging and moved into the lead, turning on the heat for a 700m work-out. He did just enough to win, in 3:38.25, but no more. The battle for minor places was won by Portugal's Rui SILVA, with Ivan HESHKO (UKR), Roberto PARRA (ESP), and Vyacheslav SHABUNIN (RUS) filling the other automatic qualifying places.

Liefers missed out by one hundredth of a second, but got a final place anyway as a fastest loser, as did Kenya's young hope, 19 year-old Isaac SONGOK, who came late for seventh.

The second heat was taken out by Korir, with Baala rousing the crowd in second place, and Spain's Reyes ESTEVEZ tucked in behind. Higuero came to Korir's shoulder at 800m, and Britain's Commonwealth Games champion Michael EAST made a challenge just before the bell. But it was Baala who kicked first, some 350m from home. He established a two-metre lead going into the final bend and strode home looking extremely comfortable to clock 3:39.73.

Korir came in at 3:40.08, with Higuero 3:40.29, Chouki 3:40.64, and Estevez getting the last qualifying place in 3:40.75.

  Heat 1
1 Hicham El Guerrouj MAR 14 Sep 74 3.38.25 Q
2 Rui Silva POR 3 Aug 77 3.38.37 Q
3 Ivan Heshko UKR 19 Aug 79 3.38.43 Q
4 Roberto Parra ESP 6 Apr 76 3.38.51 Q
5 Vyacheslav Shabunin RUS 27 Sep 69 3.38.60 Q
6 Gert-Jan Liefers NED 26 Sep 78 3.38.61 q
7 Isaac Songok KEN 25 Apr 84 3.39.84 q
8 Youcef Abdi AUS 7 Dec 77 3.40.13
9 Christian Obrist ITA 20 Nov 80 3.41.88
10 Gareth Turnbull IRL 14 May 79 3.42.01
11 Kevin Sullivan CAN 20 Mar 74 3.42.33
Valeriy Pisarev KGZ 2 Jan 79 DNS
  Heat 2
1 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 3.39.73 Q
2 Paul Korir KEN 15 Jul 77 3.40.08 Q
3 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP 3 Aug 78 3.40.29 Q
4 Reyes Estévez ESP 2 Aug 76 3.40.75 Q
5 Michael East GBR 20 Jan 78 3.40.87
6 Hudson de Souza BRA 25 Feb 77 3.41.12
7 Tarek Boukensa ALG 19 Nov 81 3.41.33
8 Adrian Blincoe NZL 4 Nov 79 3.41.53
9 Jason Lunn USA 19 Sep 74 3.41.71
10 Michal Šneberger CZE 23 Jun 78 3.42.25
11 Bert Leenaerts BEL 1 Jul 80 3.43.02
Fouad Chouki FRA 1 Oct 78 DQ 32.2.a
  Heats 23 August
 
  Heat 1
1 Adrian Blincoe NZL 4 Nov 79 3.47.26 Q
2 Mehdi Baala FRA 17 Aug 78 3.47.26 Q
3 Reyes Estévez ESP 2 Aug 76 3.47.56 Q
4 Jason Lunn USA 19 Sep 74 3.47.62 Q
5 Gert-Jan Liefers NED 26 Sep 78 3.47.81 Q
6 Tarek Boukensa ALG 19 Nov 81 3.47.88 Q
7 Youcef Abdi AUS 7 Dec 77 3.48.65 q
8 Valeriy Pisarev KGZ 2 Jan 79 3.50.89 q
9 Francis Munthali MAW 25 Dec 72 3.51.61
Bernard Lagat KEN 12 Dec 74 DNS
  Heat 2
1 Hicham El Guerrouj MAR 14 Sep 74 3.42.24 Q
2 Hudson de Souza BRA 25 Feb 77 3.42.51 Q
3 Paul Korir KEN 15 Jul 77 3.42.55 Q
4 Ivan Heshko UKR 19 Aug 79 3.42.96 Q
5 Christian Obrist ITA 20 Nov 80 3.43.01 Q
6 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP 3 Aug 78 3.43.01 Q
7 Kevin Sullivan CAN 20 Mar 74 3.43.27 q
8 Michal Šneberger CZE 23 Jun 78 3.43.27 q
9 Atta Miran PAK 13 May 76 3.51.34
  Heat 3
1 Rui Silva POR 3 Aug 77 3.41.35 Q
2 Isaac Songok KEN 25 Apr 84 3.41.55 Q
3 Roberto Parra ESP 6 Apr 76 3.41.57 Q
4 Michael East GBR 20 Jan 78 3.41.61 Q
5 Vyacheslav Shabunin RUS 27 Sep 69 3.41.63 Q
6 Gareth Turnbull IRL 14 May 79 3.41.84 q
7 Bert Leenaerts BEL 1 Jul 80 3.42.71 q
8 Neil Weare GUM 20 Jun 80 3.56.64
9 Abdulahi Yahye SOM 4.10.42
Fouad Chouki FRA 1 Oct 78 DQ 32.2.a

Heat 1 23 AUG 2003 18:00

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1412 Jason Lunn USA USA 3:36.5 3:36.99
2 40 Youcef Abdi AUS AUS 3:36.35 3:36.35
3 815 Bernard Lagat KEN KEN 3:26.34 3:30.55
4 1040 Adrian Blincoe NZL NZL 3:36.57 3:36.57
5 14 Tarek Boukensa ALG ALG 3:34.57 3:34.57
6 457 Mehdi Baala FRA FRA 3:30.97 3:30.97
7 826 Valery Pisarev KGZ KGZ 3:51.27 3:51.27
8 384 Reyes Estévez ESP ESP 3:30.57 3:32.86
9 924 Francis Munthali MAW MAW 3:43.50  
10 984 Gert-Jan Liefers NED NED 3:32.89 3:34.76

Heat 2 23 AUG 2003 18:08

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 908 Hicham El Guerrouj MAR MAR 3:26.00 3:29.13
2 174 Hudson de Souza BRA BRA 3:33.99 3:36.58
3 388 Juan Carlos Higuero ESP ESP 3:32.30 3:34.19
4 1352 Ivan Heshko UKR UKR 3:32.01 3:32.01
5 335 Michal Šneberger CZE CZE 3:37.10 3:37.10
6 813 Paul Korir KEN KEN 3:32.44 3:32.44
7 219 Kevin Sullivan CAN CAN 3:31.71 3:34.60
8 1057 Atta Atta Miran PAK PAK 3:49.12 3:49.12
9 712 Christian Obrist ITA ITA 3:35.74 3:36.36

Heat 3 23 AUG 2003 18:16

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 460 Fouad Chouki FRA FRA 3:30.83 3:30.83
2 670 Gareth Turnbull IRL IRL 3:36.60 3:36.60
3 1189 Vyacheslav Shabunin RUS RUS 3:32.28 3:33.69
4 515 Michael East GBR GBR 3:35.49 3:35.49
5 399 Roberto Parra ESP ESP 3:34.66i 3:34.66i
6 1246 Yahye Abdi Gurre SOM SOM 3:55.0 3:55.0
7 622 Neil Weare GUM GUM 3:56.7 4:02.73
8 1106 Rui Silva POR POR 3:30.07 3:32.97
9 107 Bert Leenaerts BEL BEL 3:35.74 3:35.74
10 820 Isaac Kiprono Songok KEN KEN 3:31.54 3:31.54

 

 

 

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