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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

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

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 6 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 27)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 5 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 29)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Since her good showing in Edmonton, Ayhan had made a spectacular improvement with front-running victories at the 2002 European Championships, World Cup and in the Golden League. In Zurich on August 15 she had beaten a world-class field by 30m in 3:55.60, the world’s fastest since 1997. In Paris she raced off again to a 60.50 first lap, quicker than she went in the Zurich race. This time she was not able to build up a commanding lead and a 66.26 second lap by the Turk enabled Zadorozhnaya (running her fifth race in six days) and Rozenberg to close in. Just after the bell (2:56.58), Zadorozhnaya nipped ahead, only for Ayhan to respond with a 15.2 100m down the backstraight. This put her into a 6m lead but she was to pay the price for that spurt. The Turk had no answer when Tomashova challenged 40m from home. The long-haired Russian went on to win with a personal best from Ayhan, while Tullett improved from seventh at the bell to take the bronze. “I had big psychological pressure on my shoulders,” remarked the crestfallen Ayhan. Regina Jacobs – the silver medallist from 1997 and 1999 – reached the semi-finals this time but was ultimately disqualified after it was found that she had testsed positive for tetrahydrogestrinone (or THG) at the US Championships in June 2003. It should be noted that both Tomashova and Ayhan were also disqualified for doping violations later in their careers.
 These are the official results of the Women's 1500 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 32 participating athletes, with three qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Sunday 31 August 2003 at 18:20h.
 
  1500m 31 August
  Final

Event Report Women 1500m Final

The women's 1500m final started exactly as expected. It was the world leader Süreyya AYHAN (TUR), who went to the lead straight from the gun.

However, the top runners stayed relatively close to the Turk and she didn't build much of a lead as she has done in many races in the past. At 600m Yelena ZADOROZHNAYA (RUS), took control of the race with Ayhan dropping back to second place. The Russian lead through 800m in a fast pace for a major championships, 2:06.76.
 
Even after 800m the pace stayed at a good clip and there were plenty of runners with a chance of winning the race. Although the 1500m was expected to be just a pleasure cruise for Ayhan, reality could not have been more different. Ayhan was pushing very hard, but with one lap to go the others were still following closely.
 
As the last lap started it was again Zadorozhnaya who went sprinting ahead, with Ayhan getting stuck in the middle of the pack. However, just when everyone thought the race was over for the Turk, she suddenly sprinted past the others from the inside, with 320 metres to go. Down the back straight the race looked very straight forward for Ayhan, with her final kick the pack spread very quickly and just a few hung with the favourite.
 
Ayhan gained a few metres immediately after the start of her surge, but with 200 metres to go, her lead was still not substantial. 180m before the finish line, long haired Russian Tatyana TOMASHOVA, started her final sprint and immediately started to catch the leader. With 40 metres to go, Tomashova overtook Ayhan to take the gold medal with a championship record of 3:58.52, in one of the biggest surprises of these world championships.
 
Ayhan was second in 3:59.04, and a close tussle saw Hayley TULLETT (GBR) pick up a surprise bronze medal with a personal best of 3:59.95. Yekaterina ROZENBERG (RUS) just lost the quick finish to take fourth place in 4:00.59. Kenyans Jackline MARANGA and Naomi MUGO were fifth and sixth respectively with seasonal bests of 4:01.64 and 4:02.33.

1 Tatyana Tomashova RUS 1 Jul 75 3.58.52
2 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 3.59.04
3 Hayley Tullett GBR 17 Feb 73 3.59.95
4 Yekaterina Rozenberg RUS 23 Jan 80 4.00.59
5 Jackline Maranga KEN 16 Dec 77 4.01.64
6 Naomi Mugo KEN 2 Jan 77 4.02.33
7 Daniela Yordanova BUL 8 Mar 76 4.02.34
8 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS 3 Dec 77 4.02.46
9 Maria Cioncan ROU 19 Jun 77 4.02.80
10 Jo Pavey GBR 20 Sep 73 4.03.03
11 Nelya Neporadna UKR 29 Jul 85 4.04.44
12 Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 4.14.18
  Semifinals 29 August

Event Report Women 1500m Semi Final

Turkey's Sureyya AYHAN looks to be in gold medal winning form in the women's 1500m.

The European champion toyed with her opponents in the semi-finals, finishing second in the first heat on 4:03.60, two tenths behind Romania's Maria CIONCAN. Her task in the final was made easier when the world indoor record holder, the 40 year-old American Regina JACOBS, was run out of the second semi, overtaken in the final straight by Slovenia's European 800m champion Jolanda CEPLAK.
 
Ayhan adopted her customary tactics, heading to a healthy lead early in the race. She was five metres ahead of the rest after the first circuit (1:03.82) and had opened a 10 metre gap by 800m (2:10.92), with Spain's Natalia RODRIGUEZ and Britain's Jo PAVEY leading the chasing group. With 600m to go the bunch began to close as Ayhan slowed, and Pavey was on the Turk's shoulder by the time they heard the bell (3:01.57).
 
As they approached the final bend Pavey's teammate Hayley TULLETT moved into third, with Cioncan coming fast around the turn, and it was these four plus Ukrainian Nelya NEPORADNA who filled the automatic qualifying places. Naomi MUGO (KEN), in sixth (4:04.54), and Bulgaria's Daniela YORDANOVA, in seventh (4:04.83), both ran season's bests to get their places in the final. Neporadna in fifth, clocked a personal best of 4:04.24.
 
Ceplak led the early stages of the second semi, taking the field through 400m in 1:03.76, before Jacobs moved to her shoulder. After 700m Russia's Yelena ZADOROZHNAYA went to the front, and she led through 800m in 2:11.54 as Ceplak slipped back to eighth, some 15 metres adrift of the leader, seemingly out of steam and out of the final.
 
Five athletes were clear of the rest as they took the bell, in 3:01.86. Zadorozhnaya, led from her compatriots Tatyana TOMASHOVA and Yekaterina ROZENBERG, plus Jacobs and Kenya's Commonwealth record holder Jackline MARANGA. At this point Ceplak was still way off the pace, as was the 1997 world champion Carla SACRAMENTO of Portugal.
 
The Slovenian made her move with 250m to go, cruising past the Portuguese and eating up ground to catch the leading group as they shifted into sprinting gear down the home straight. It was a case of six into five won't go in the final 40 metres as Jacobs's ageing legs failed her. Tomoshova took the victory in 4:05.39, with Rozenberg second, Maranga third, the fast finishing Ceplak fourth and Zadorozhnaya fifth. Jacobs, in sixth, clocked 4:06.92.

  Heat 1
1 Maria Cioncan ROU 19 Jun 77 4.03.40 Q
2 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 4.03.60 Q
3 Jo Pavey GBR 20 Sep 73 4.03.78 Q
4 Hayley Tullett GBR 17 Feb 73 4.03.85 Q
5 Nelya Neporadna UKR 29 Jul 85 4.04.24 Q
6 Naomi Mugo KEN 2 Jan 77 4.04.54 q
7 Daniela Yordanova BUL 8 Mar 76 4.04.83 q
8 Judit Varga HUN 16 Apr 76 4.06.64
9 Kutre Dulecha ETH 22 Aug 78 4.06.66
10 Maria Martins FRA 1 Apr 74 4.08.30
11 Natalia Rodríguez ESP 2 Jun 79 4.08.80
12 Mardrea Hyman JAM 22 Dec 72 4.13.95
  Heat 2
1 Tatyana Tomashova RUS 1 Jul 75 4.05.38 Q
2 Yekaterina Rozenberg RUS 23 Jan 80 4.05.51 Q
3 Jackline Maranga KEN 16 Dec 77 4.05.63 Q
4 Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 4.05.84 Q
5 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS 3 Dec 77 4.05.86 Q
6 Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 4.06.92
7 Alesia Turava BLR 6 Dec 79 4.07.26
8 Nuria Fernández ESP 16 Aug 76 4.09.69
9 Alina Cucerzan ROU 28 Jul 74 4.11.99
10 Iryna Lishchynska UKR 15 Jan 76 4.12.01
11 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.13.14
12 Dori García ESP 19 Jul 76 4.16.28
  Heats 27 August

Women 1500m Heats

It was a walk in the park for Turkish middle distance favourite, Sureyya AYHAN, as all of the main contenders for the women's 1500m qualified for Friday's semi-finals.
 
Running in the first heat, the Turk went out hard, stunning the rest of the field by taking a 20 metre lead after 400m. It was Britain's Jo Pavey who finally had had enough and pegged her back by the 800m mark. World leader Ayhan cruised over the line to finish the fastest qualifier with a time 4:08.12.
 
She was followed closely by Pavey (4:08.60) and USA's Regina JACOBS, (4:08.64) who celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow.
 
The second heat was noticeably slower with Belgium's Veerle DEJAEGHERE setting the early pace. The first to make a move was Hayley TULLETT (GBR) at the 1200m, however, it was Romania's Maria CIONCAN who surged to the lead with 250m to go, winning in 4:10.16 to ensure her semi-final berth. Tullett, the Commonwealth silver medallist was only 0.37 seconds behind to also qualify comfortably.
 
France's Maria MARTINS delighted the crowd in the final heat with a fast finish to pip World Indoor bronze medallist, Yekaterina ROZENBURG (RUS) on the line in a time of 4:12.53.
 
Considering herself lucky is Spaniard Natalia RODRIGUEZ, who, after leading the entire race, faded in the final 200m to finish eighth, clocking a mediocre time of 4:14.08. Sixth in the world this year, Rodriguez advances to the next round as the slowest qualifier.
 
A notiecable absence was Britain's Kelly HOLMES, who could not recover in time to attempt to add to her silver medal in the 800m.
  Heat 1
1 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 4.08.12 Q
2 Jo Pavey GBR 20 Sep 73 4.08.60 Q
3 Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 4.08.64 Q
4 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS 3 Dec 77 4.08.93 Q
5 Nuria Fernández ESP 16 Aug 76 4.09.07 Q
6 Iryna Lishchynska UKR 15 Jan 76 4.09.48 Q
7 Naomi Mugo KEN 2 Jan 77 4.11.95 q
8 Mardrea Hyman JAM 22 Dec 72 4.14.17 q
9 Meskerem Legesse ETH 28 Sep 86 4.16.38
10 Gabriela Traña CRC 3 Mar 80 4.32.58
11 Roda Ali Wais DJI 14 Aug 84 5.10.16
  Heat 2
1 Maria Cioncan ROU 19 Jun 77 4.10.16 Q
2 Hayley Tullett GBR 17 Feb 73 4.10.53 Q
3 Tatyana Tomashova RUS 1 Jul 75 4.10.95 Q
4 Alesia Turava BLR 6 Dec 79 4.11.26 Q
5 Jolanda Batagelj SLO 12 Sep 76 4.11.26 Q
6 Jackline Maranga KEN 16 Dec 77 4.11.38 Q
7 Dori García ESP 19 Jul 76 4.11.84 q
8 Judit Varga HUN 16 Apr 76 4.11.89 q
9 Veerle Dejaeghere BEL 1 Aug 73 4.19.08
10 Rosa Albana Saul ANG 17 Sep 80 4.20.99
  Heat 3
1 Maria Martins FRA 1 Apr 74 4.12.53 Q
2 Yekaterina Rozenberg RUS 23 Jan 80 4.12.54 Q
3 Nelya Neporadna UKR 29 Jul 85 4.12.71 Q
4 Alina Cucerzan ROU 28 Jul 74 4.12.79 Q
5 Daniela Yordanova BUL 8 Mar 76 4.12.98 Q
6 Kutre Dulecha ETH 22 Aug 78 4.13.01 Q
7 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.13.70 q
8 Natalia Rodríguez ESP 2 Jun 79 4.14.08 q
9 Daniela Kulevska MKD 13 Apr 81 4.29.65
Hasna Benhassi MAR 1 Jun 78 DNS
Kelly Holmes GBR 19 Apr 70 DNS

Heat 1 27 AUG 2003 21:15

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 295 Nuria Fernández ESP ESP 4:03.57 4:03.57
2 597 Mardrea Hyman JAM JAM 4:05.25 4:06.36
3 221 Gabriela Traña CRC CRC 4:34.5 4:34.5
4 407 Joanne Pavey GBR GBR 4:02.03 4:02.03
5 327 Meskerem Legesse ETH ETH 4:03.96 4:03.96
6 958 Yelena Zadorozhnaya RUS RUS 3:59.94 4:01.45
7 1078 Süreyya Ayhan TUR TUR 3:55.60 3:55.60
8 1094 Iryna Lishchynska UKR UKR 4:02.60 4:02.60
9 1138 Regina Jacobs USA USA 3:59.98i 3:59.98i
10 266 Roda Ali Waiss DJI DJI 5:13.00 5:13.00
11 657 Naomi Wanjiku Mugo KEN KEN 3:58.12 4:05.82

Heat 2 27 AUG 2003 21:23

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 997 Jolanda Batagelj SLO SLO 4:02.44 4:02.44
2 87 Veerle DeJaeghere BEL BEL 4:05.05 4:05.36
3 296 Adoración García ESP ESP 4:04.64 4:05.18
4 953 Tatyana Tomashova RUS RUS 4:00.91 4:00.91
5 410 Hayley Parry-Tullett GBR GBR 4:01.18 4:01.18
6 526 Judit Varga HUN HUN 4:01.26 4:02.19
7 874 Maria Cioncan ROU ROU 4:02.10 4:02.91
8 655 Jackline Maranga KEN KEN 3:57.41 4:06.7
9 116 Alesia Turava BLR BLR 3:59.89 4:03.32
10 18 Rosa Saul ANG ANG 4:20.87 4:20.87

Heat 3 27 AUG 2003 21:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 938 Yekaterina Rozenberg RUS RUS 4:00.07 4:00.07
2 704 Hasna Benhassi MAR MAR 4:02.54 4:02.54
3 876 Alina Cucerzan ROU ROU 4:05.80 4:05.80
4 739 Daniela Kuleska MKD MKD 4:24.90 4:24.90
5 303 Natalia Rodríguez ESP ESP 4:01.30 4:01.30
6 369 Maria Martins FRA FRA 4:04.55 4:04.55
7 852 Carla Sacramento POR POR 3:57.71 4:06.64
8 138 Daniela Yordanova BUL BUL 4:00.65  
9 321 Kutre Dulecha ETH ETH 3:58.43 4:02.74
10 397 Kelly Holmes GBR GBR 3:58.07 4:01.96
11 1096 Nelya Neporadna UKR UKR 4:04.64 4:04.64
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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