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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 8, 1972 Format: Top four in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 10, 1972  
(Competitors: 66; Countries: 46; Finalists: 10)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF    1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Keino and Ryun were placed in the same heat, a result of the seeding committee taking Ryun’s mile best of 3:52.8 and accepting it as a 1500m time. This error was compounded by Ryun falling over after a collision with a Ghanaian runner. He failed to make the semi-finals as an appeal was rejected. Keino had won the heat in 3:39.97, the fastest of the day, just ahead of Dixon. The semi-finals began as tactical affairs, with wins for Boit (3:41.34) and Keino (3:41.15) before Francesco Arese (ITA) set a sensibly quicker pace in the third race, passing 400m in 57.7 before tailing off in the closing stages. Dixon and Vasala ran 3:37.91 ahead of Foster’s UK record of 3:38.20. The major casualty of the semis was another American, the 800m winner Dave Wottle, who was fourth in the first heat. In the final, Foster led the field through a slow lap of 61.5, and Keino came up from eighth place after 400m to take the lead 200m later. Keino wound up the pace, and the field stretched out in single file, with Vasala right behind the Kenyan, and Foster holding on in third place. Keino’s third lap was covered in 55.3. Boit and Dixon moved past Foster with 300m to go, as Keino continued to push the pace. Vasala went to Keino’s shoulder as they came off the final bend, and powered past with 50m to go, winning by 4m, with Dixon passing Boit and closing on Keino in the finishing straight. Vasala’s final lap had taken 53.4 seconds, and his last 800m was clocked in 1:48.8.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The 1968 champion, Kip Keino, and the 1,500/mile world record holder, Jim Ryun, were both back for the 1972 1,500. Ryun was no longer the dominant runner he had been in 1966-67 and was actually pushed as the top American by Marty Liquori, who had the top time in the world for 1,500 metres in 1971. But Liquori injured his leg and could not even contest the US Olympic Trials. Also a top miler 1972 was Kenyan Ben Jipcho, who had sacrificed himself in the 1968 final to help Keino win gold. He was no longer considered simply a domestique for Keino, but he too was injured and did not compete at München. A few weeks after the US Olympic Trials, Ryun ran 3:52.8, the third fastest mile ever, showing his fitness. The Olympic 1,500 would have three rounds. Ryun and Keino were drawn in the fourth heat of round one. Keino ran near the front, as he often did, while Ryun was in the back of the pack. At 1,000 metres, Ryun’s heel was clipped by Ghana’s Billy Fordjour, and both fell to the track. Ryun got up a few seconds later but was hopelessly behind and did not qualify for the semi-final. As he crossed the line, Keino met him and tried to console him. The US Olympic Committee appealed, claiming Ryun was tripped, but it was not allowed and he was out of the competition.
In the final the way seemed open for Keino to defend his gold medal. Among the 10 finalists, his main competition seemed to be New Zealander Rod Dixon, and the erratic Finlander, Pekka Vasala. His teammate, Mike Boit, also qualified but he was better known as an 800 runner. The pace in the final was slow, but Keino moved to the lead just after 700 metres. He then fired off a 55.1 lap, trying to break down the other runners, but they stayed in contact, the slow early pace leaving them plenty of run. Off the final curve, Vasala moved to Keino’s shoulder and outsprinted him to win the upset gold medal. Keino placed second with Dixon getting the bronze medal.
 

Records

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1972 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:33.1 United States Jim Ryun Los Angeles (USA) July 8, 1967
Olympic Record 3:34.9 Kenya Kip Keino Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968
 
        Results          
1500 m Men     Final 10-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.36.33     Pekka Vasala Finland FIN 17 Apr 48 NR  
2 3.36.81     Kipchoge Keino Kenya KEN 17 Jan 40    
3 3.37.46     Rod Dixon New Zealand NZL 13 Jul 50    
4 3.38.41     Mike Boit Kenya KEN 6 Jan 49    
5 3.39.02     Brendan Foster Great Britain GBR 12 Jan 48    
6 3.39.05     Herman Mignon Belgium BEL 21 Mar 51    
7 3.40.08     Paul-Heinz Wellmann West Germany FRG 31 Mar 52    
8 3.40.24     Vladimir Panteley Soviet Union URS 3 May 45    
9 3.41.82     Tony Polhill New Zealand NZL 15 Dec 47    
10 3.46.58     Tom Birger Hansen Denmark DEN 25 Feb 48    
1500 m Men     Semifinal 1 9-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.41.34     Mike Boit Kenya KEN 6 Jan 49    
2 3.41.60     Vladimir Panteley Soviet Union URS 3 May 45    
3 3.41.64     Tom Birger Hansen Denmark DEN 25 Feb 48    
4 3.41.64     Dave Wottle United States USA 7 Aug 50    
5 3.41.96     Chris Fisher Australia AUS 2 Oct 49    
6 3.41.99     Gianni Del Buono Italy ITA 1 Oct 43    
7 3.43.39     Thomas Wessinghage West Germany FRG 22 Feb 52    
8 3.43.47     Spilios Zacharopoulos Greece GRE 2 Feb 50    
9 3.43.57     Ulf Högberg Sweden SWE 21 Jan 46    
10 3.43.69     Hailu Ebba Ethiopia ETH 12 Dec 50    
1500 m Men     Semifinal 2 9-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.41.15     Kipchoge Keino Kenya KEN 17 Jan 40    
2 3.41.72     Herman Mignon Belgium BEL 21 Mar 51    
3 3.41.81     Tony Polhill New Zealand NZL 15 Dec 47    
4 3.41.86     Shibrou Regassa Ethiopia ETH 14 Jul 44    
5 3.42.40     Jacques Boxberger France FRA 16 Apr 49    
6 3.42.49     Henryk Szordykowski Poland POL 3 Jun 44    
7 3.44.41     Haico Scharn Netherlands NED 18 Jun 45    
8 3.45.13     Pekka Päivärinta Finland FIN 4 May 49    
 
1500 m Men     Semifinal 3 9-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.37.91     Rod Dixon New Zealand NZL 13 Jul 50    
2 3.37.91     Pekka Vasala Finland FIN 17 Apr 48    
3 3.38.20     Brendan Foster Great Britain GBR 12 Jan 48    
4 3.38.42     Paul-Heinz Wellmann West Germany FRG 31 Mar 52    
5 3.39.44     Gunnar Ekman Sweden SWE 18 Jun 43    
6 3.40.36     Bob Wheeler United States USA 11 Jan 52    
7 3.41.08     Francesco Arese Italy ITA 13 Apr 44    
8 3.41.62     Jean-Pierre Dufresne France FRA 16 Jun 45    
9 3.44.64     Klaus-Peter Justus East Germany GDR 1 Jul 51    
10 3.59.44     Gerd Larsen Denmark DEN 8 Sep 42    
1500 m Men     Heat 1 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.40.56     Thomas Wessinghage West Germany FRG 22 Feb 52    
2 3.40.69     Dave Wottle United States USA 7 Aug 50    
3 3.40.75     Jean-Pierre Dufresne France FRA 16 Jun 45    
4 3.40.79     Brendan Foster Great Britain GBR 12 Jan 48    
5 3.41.73     Donaldo Arza Panama PAN 15 Aug 46 NR  
6 3.42.27     Ivan Ivanov Soviet Union URS 26 Jun 48    
7 3.43.97     Mehmet Tümkan Turkey TUR 2 Oct 43    
8 3.45.16     Mohamed Kacemj Algeria ALG 26 Dec 48    
9 3.59.2a     Daniel Andrade Senegal SEN 20 Dec 49    
10 4.02.94     Dafallah Sultan Farah Sudan SUD 49    
1500 m Men     Heat 2 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.44.0a     Francesco Arese Italy ITA 13 Apr 44    
2 3.44.22     Herman Mignon Belgium BEL 21 Mar 51    
3 3.44.53     Bodo Tümmler West Germany FRG 8 Dec 43    
4 3.44.66     Gerd Larsen Denmark DEN 8 Sep 42    
5 3.45.34     John Kirkbride Great Britain GBR 24 Mar 47    
6 3.45.4a     Filbert Bayi Tanzania TAN 23 Jun 53    
7 3.45.72     Josef Horcic Czechoslovakia TCH 25 May 45    
8 3.49.23     Bill Smart Canada CAN 5 Jun 48    
1500 m Men     Heat 3 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.43.61     Shibrou Regassa Ethiopia ETH 14 Jul 44    
2 3.43.83     Spilios Zacharopoulos Greece GRE 2 Feb 50    
3 3.44.16     Henryk Szordykowski Poland POL 3 Jun 44    
4 3.44.38     Pekka Päivärinta Finland FIN 4 May 49    
5 3.44.62     André De Hertoghe Belgium BEL 19 Apr 41    
6 3.44.78     Petre Lupan Romania ROU 12 Jun 50    
7 3.44.8a     Amakdouf Layachi Morocco MAR 5 Jun 49    
8 4.14.5a     Abdul Al-Safraa Saudi Arabia KSA 29 Apr 49    
1500 m Men     Heat 4 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.39.97     Kipchoge Keino Kenya KEN 17 Jan 40    
2 3.40.03     Rod Dixon New Zealand NZL 13 Jul 50    
3 3.40.40     Gunnar Ekman Sweden SWE 18 Jun 43    
4 3.40.44     Klaus-Peter Justus East Germany GDR 1 Jul 51    
5 3.40.78     Gianni Del Buono Italy ITA 1 Oct 43    
6 3.43.19     Werner Meier Switzerland SUI 31 May 49    
7 3.44.06     Mohamed Younis Pakistan PAK 4 Nov 48    
8 3.45.2a     Vitus Ashaba Uganda UGA 21 Apr 43    
9 3.51.52     Jim Ryun United States USA 29 Apr 47    
10 4.08.24     Billy Fordjour Ghana GHA 26 Mar 48    
1500 m Men     Heat 5 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.41.61     Hailu Ebba Ethiopia ETH 12 Dec 50    
2 3.41.83     Paul-Heinz Wellmann West Germany FRG 31 Mar 52    
3 3.42.12     Ray Smedley Great Britain GBR 3 Sep 51    
4 3.42.50     Chris Fisher Australia AUS 2 Oct 49    
5 3.43.38     Frank Murphy Ireland IRL 21 May 47    
6 3.45.87     Byron Dyce Jamaica JAM 27 Mar 48    
7 3.51.95     Cosmas Silei Kenya KEN 10 Sep 48    
8 3.52.10     Joze Medjimurec Yugoslavia YUG 6 Aug 45    
9 4.00.88     Harry Nkopeka Malawi MAW 12 Oct 48    
10 4.21.41     Edward Kar Liberia LBR 12 Aug 54 NJR  
1500 m Men     Heat 6 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.40.86     Pekka Vasala Finland FIN 17 Apr 48    
2 3.41.08     Tom Birger Hansen Denmark DEN 25 Feb 48    
3 3.41.34     Bob Wheeler United States USA 11 Jan 52    
4 3.41.41     Haico Scharn Netherlands NED 18 Jun 45    
5 3.41.45     Ulf Högberg Sweden SWE 21 Jan 46    
6 3.42.12     Edgar Salvé Belgium BEL 26 Aug 46    
7 3.44.6a     Antonio Colon Puerto Rico PUR 24 Mar 53    
8 3.48.45     Edouard Rasoanaivo Madagascar MAD 20 Feb 47    
9 3.48.8a     Jaiye Abidoye Nigeria NGR 11 May 42    
10 3.59.5a     Mohamed Abouker Somalia SOM 4 Jun 46    
1500 m Men     Heat 7 8-Sep        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 3.42.2a     Mike Boit Kenya KEN 6 Jan 49    
2 3.42.3a     Tony Polhill New Zealand NZL 15 Dec 47    
3 3.42.3a     Vladimir Panteley Soviet Union URS 3 May 45    
4 3.42.6a     Jacques Boxberger France FRA 16 Apr 49    
5 3.43.90     Mansour Guettaya Tunisia TUN 26 Dec 49    
6 3.45.07     Fernando Mamede Portugal POR 1 Nov 51    
7 3.46.4a     Azzedine Azzouzi Algeria ALG      
8 3.46.56     Kenneth Elmer Canada CAN 24 Apr 48    
9 3.54.47     Esaie Fongang Cameroon CMR 28 Aug 43    
10 4.06.9a     Jimmy Crampton Myanmar MYA 23 Jul 49    
 
 

 

 

 

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