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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Women's 1500m



Host City: Osaka, JapanFormat: First round (First 6 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 29)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007Format: Semi-finals (First 5 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 31)
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
  Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Leading into Osaka, Jamal, Soboleva and Gelete Burka (ETH) had the top seven times of the year, but Burka opted for the 5000m. The preliminary rounds saw only one race quicker than 4:09, won by Lishchynska in 4:03.84, from Soboleva. The Russian, who had beaten Jamal twice during the summer, took the pacemaking duties on in the final, passing 400m in 65.82, and then speeding up through laps of 63.75 and 63.09. Jamal was on Soboleva’s shoulder at the 1200m mark, and went past shortly after. A quickly-gained lead of just over a metre was maintained all the way to the line, though Soboleva fought hard to close the gap. The two finished 15m clear of Lishchynska, who had moved from fifth to third in the last 100m, as Selsouli, third for most of the last lap, faded badly in the last 50m. Jamal’s win was the first for a Bahraini woman in the World Championships, though she had been born in Ethiopia. Soboleva went on to take the World Indoor title in Valencia 2008, but then the following July was suspended for doping offences by the IAAF along with six of her compatriots. They were charged with having manipulated their urine samples (in spring 2007) after DNA testing had appeared to show that the samples did not belong to the athletes concerned. They were initially banned by the All-Russia Athletic Federation for two years starting from April and May of 2007 (April 26 in Soboleva's case), which meant that they would be clear to compete at the 2009 World Championships. In November 2008, the IAAF appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision of the ARAF on the grounds that the start of the sanction could not be backdated to before the initial suspension, and that in the circumstances, the period of suspension ought to be greater than the minimum of two-years. In July 2009 the CAS ruled against the ARAF and the Russian group’s suspension was fixed at two years nine months. Therefore, their period of ineligibility lasted to April 30, 2011. The seven guilty women were Soboleva, Fomenko (originally second and seventh at 1500m in Osaka), Svetlana Cherkasova (elimated in first round of the Osaka 800m), Gulfiya Khanafeyeva (10th in Osaka Hammer Throw), Darya Pishchalnikova (Osaka Discus Throw silver), and former World Champions Tatyana Tomashova and Olga Yegorova. All the Osaka medals and placings gained by those listed were annulled.




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