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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Men's 1500m



Host City: Berlin, GermanyFormat: First round (First 5 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 15)
Dates: 15–23 AugustFormat: Semi-finals (First 5 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 17)
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
The final included three Moroccan and three United States representatives, and two from Kenya and Bahrain, though Kenyan-born athletes numbered six in all. After 100m, defending champion Lagat found himself in the lead, and as the pace inevitably slowed, Choge took over. The Kenyan led the field through laps of 58.54 and 61.64. Choge still led approaching the bell, but the pace had done nothing to test the kickers, and Mekonnen (2:44.02 at 1100m) and Moustaoui quickly went ahead with Kamel and Lagat just behind them and Kiprop at the back of the field. Mekonnen withstood a challenge from Moustaoui and led into the finishing straight with nine men in contention. Meanwhile Kiprop made up much ground but was having to run in lane three as the field rounded the last bend. Suddenly Kamel sprung from the pack and smoothly sprinted past four men in quick succession. He won by half a metre with Lagat a metre back and Kiprop – with far too much to do in the finishing straight – fourth a further two metres behind. His last lap (51.6) was the quickest of the race. For the Bahrain athlete it was the third gold medal in the family, his father Billy Konchellah having won the 800m in 1987-91. Lagat completed his medal collection in the event, having won gold in 2007 and silver in 2001.




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