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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 9, 1984 Format: Top three in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 11, 1984  
(Competitors: 59; Countries: 40; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
With Coe, Cram and Ovett, Britain was in the unique position of fielding the Olympic and World Champions and the World record holder – all different athletes. Coe was the least likely to make the team after serious illness in 1983 and defeat by Peter Elliott at the AAA Championships, but his form then picked up. Abascal was the fastest in both the heats (3:37.68) and semis (3:35.70). Cram won the slower semi-final in 3:36.30, and Khalifa’s 3:36.76 in fifth in that race was the slowest qualifying time, leaving Uwe Becker (3:37.28) and Stefano Mei (3:37.96) out in the cold. Khalifa led for the first lap in the final, just ahead of Chesire. Scott took over shortly after and led to 900m, when Abascal, a tempo runner without a big kick, took over and wound up the pace. At 1100m Abascal (2:39.1) led by 2m from Coe (2:39.3), with Cram (2:39.6) and Ovett (2:39.8) just behind. Ovett dropped out shortly after, succumbing to the breathing problems which had plagued him in Los Angeles. Cram attempted to pass Coe with 200m to go, but the reigning champion smoothly accelerated and surged past Abascal. Coe ran his last three 100m in 13.3, 13.0 and 12.9 to cross the line 7m clear before shaking his fist in triumph ... winning the race and silencing his critics in the British press.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
By 1984 the British pair of Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe had been joined by a third outstanding Briton, Steve Cram. Though he did not quite have the record times of that pair, he was quite good at winning major titles. In 1982 he was the Commonwealth and European Champion at 1,500 and in 1983, he won the inaugural World Championship in the 1,500 metres. The three British favorites were joined in Los Angeles by the top US miler since Jim Ryun, Steve Scott. Scott finished second to Cram at the World Athletics Championship, but led the 1983 world mile list with 3:49.21, set at the ISTAF Meet in Berlin on 17 August. The only significant miler who would not be in Los Angeles was South African Johan Fourie, third on the world-list for the year, but who could not compete because South Africa was still banned from international sports.
Though the Soviet Union led an Eastern European boycott of Los Angeles, in retribution for the 1980 American-led boycott, that hardly affected the 1,500 because the big British three and Scott were all available. All four made it thru the two rounds and presented for the final. Coe had earlier won the 800 metre gold medal, while Ovett was felt to be struggling with asthma problems. Scott and Cram qualified comfortably. After a first lap in 58.85, Scott moved to the front on the backstretch, trying to push the pace and take kick out of the Britons. He led thru 800 in 1:57.06, but then was passed by Spain's José Manuel Abascal, who led at the bell. Coe and Cram were on his shoulder. Coe took control on the backstretch and powered ahead to victory. He ran the last 200 in a stunning 26.1, holding off Cram (silver) and Abascal (bronze). His time of 3:32.53 finally bettered Kip Keino's Olympic record from 1968. Ovett could not finish the race because of his respiratory problems.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:30.77 United Kingdom Steve Ovett Rieti (ITA) September 4, 1983
Olympic Record 3:34.91 Kenya Kipchoge Keino Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968
 
        Results        
From the start Omar Khalifa went to the lead, shadowed by Joseph Chesire with Sebastian Coe marking their lead in third. The first lap was 58.85. 500 metres into the race, Steve Scott| ran around the leaders to take the point, Coe and José Manuel Abascal stringing out the field. They passed the 800 metre mark in a slightly faster 1:56.81. Abascal continued to speed up, passing Coe then Scott between 900 and 1000. Scott began to fall back through the field as Steve Cram and Steve Ovett moved forward. At the bell the three Brits were 2-4, three Steves were 3-5. Midway through the penultimate turn, suddenly the world record holder Ovett stepped inside of the curb and stopped. With 300 to go in an even faster 2:53.21, Abascal, Coe and Cram had three metres on Cheshire who accelerated around Scott and Jim Spivey as Ovett dropped out. Cram accelerated down the back stretch, Coe reacting, with about 220 metres to go, the leaders were three abreast across the track. Coe emerged ahead into the turn with Cram sprinting in his wake. Coe looked around to see where his competition was then focused on holding his position. Coming off the turn, Coe checked again, seeing Cram still a metre behind him, breaking away from Abascal. Coe sprinted away from Cram, checking again mid-straightaway to be sure his work was accomplished, then extending his lead to 6 metres by the finish. Cram had another 7 metres on Abascal who was able to hold off Cheshire for bronze. Coe became the only man to successfully defend his title in the 1500 metres. Coe turned back toward the press area and angrily showed them his index finger on both hands, indicating he was number one again. Still fresh after running less than 2 seconds off the world record, Coe jogged back still looking at that area of the stands and again showing his number one finger.
1500 m Men     Final 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.32.53     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
2 3.33.40     Steve Cram Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 60  
3 3.34.30     José Manuel Abascal Spain ESP 17 Mar 58  
4 3.34.52     Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57  
5 3.36.07     Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60  
6 3.36.97     Peter Wirz Switzerland SUI 29 Jul 60  
7 3.37.02     Andrés Vera Spain ESP 31 Dec 60  
8 3.37.11     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
9 3.38.98     Tony Rogers New Zealand NZL 30 Apr 57  
10 3.39.86     Steve Scott United States USA 5 May 56  
11 3.40.74     Riccardo Materazzi Italy ITA 15 Jun 63  
  DNF     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
1500 m Men     Semifinal 1 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.35.70     José Manuel Abascal Spain ESP 17 Mar 58  
2 3.35.71     Steve Scott United States USA 5 May 56  
3 3.35.81     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
4 3.35.83     Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57  
4 3.35.83     Peter Wirz Switzerland SUI 29 Jul 60  
6 3.36.48     Tony Rogers New Zealand NZL 30 Apr 57  
7 3.36.51     Riccardo Materazzi Italy ITA 15 Jun 63  
8 3.38.12     Mike Hillardt Australia AUS 22 Jan 61  
9 3.40.96     Pascal Thiébaut France FRA 6 Jun 59  
10 3.41.57     James Igohe Tanzania TAN 62  
  DQ     Abdi Bile Somalia SOM 28 Dec 62  
  DNF     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
1500 m Men     Semifinal 2 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.36.30     Steve Cram Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 60  
2 3.36.53     Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60  
3 3.36.55     Andrés Vera Spain ESP 31 Dec 60  
4 3.36.55     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
5 3.36.76     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
6 3.37.28     Uwe Becker West Germany FRG 10 Dec 55  
7 3.37.96     Stefano Mei Italy ITA 3 Feb 63  
8 3.38.71     Peter O'Donoghue New Zealand NZL 1 Oct 61  
9 3.39.40     Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61  
10 3.40.83     Pat Scammell Australia AUS 15 Apr 61  
11 3.41.80     Tapfumanei Jonga Zimbabwe ZIM 13 Nov 59  
  DNS     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
1500 m Men     Heat 1 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.38.51     Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57  
2 3.38.93     Omar Khalifa Sudan SUD 18 Dec 56  
3 3.39.25     Stefano Mei Italy ITA 3 Feb 63  
4 3.39.78     Tony Rogers New Zealand NZL 30 Apr 57  
5 3.47.01     José Luís González Spain ESP 8 Dec 57  
6 3.47.54     Faouzi Lahbi Morocco MAR 2 Mar 58  
7 3.59.14     Paul Ceesay Gambia GAM 18 Feb 59  
8 4.12.76     Amer Al-Sharji Oman OMA 4 Jun 64  
  DNF     Antti Loikkanen Finland FIN 15 Apr 55  
1500 m Men     Heat 2 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.45.18     Pascal Thiébaut France FRA 6 Jun 59  
2 3.45.30     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
3 3.45.44     Andrés Vera Spain ESP 31 Dec 60  
4 3.45.70     Paul Donovan Ireland IRL 11 Jul 63  
5 3.46.80     Jama Mohamed Aden Somalia SOM 62  
6 3.49.78     Mohamed Alouini Tunisia TUN 19 Oct 57  
7 3.55.65     Dale Jones Antigua and Barbuda ANT 12 Mar 64  
8 3.58.69     Kgomotso Balotlhanji Botswana BOT 6 Apr 56  
  DNF     Oslen Barr Guyana GUY 3 Apr 61  
1500 m Men     Heat 3 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.49.23     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
2 3.49.26     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
3 3.49.65     Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61  
4 3.51.61     Joseph Muraya Kenya KEN 25 Dec 57  
5 3.52.04     Gawain Guy United States USA 28 Jan 62  
6 3.52.63     Claudio Patrignani Italy ITA 9 Jan 59  
7 3.53.92     Mehdi Aïdet Algeria ALG 3 Nov 53  
8 3.59.85     Mouteb Al-Faouri Jordan JOR 1 Mar 60  
  DNF     Pierre Délèze Switzerland SUI 25 Aug 58  
1500 m Men     Heat 4 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.41.01     Joaquim Cruz Brazil BRA 12 Mar 63  
2 3.41.02     Steve Scott United States USA 5 May 56  
3 3.41.18     Mike Hillardt Australia AUS 22 Jan 61  
4 3.41.76     Frank O'Mara Ireland IRL 17 Jul 60  
5 3.42.84     Alex Gonzalez United States USA 18 May 60  
6 3.45.05     Mark Handelsman Israel ISR 9 Jun 61  
7 3.45.09     Abderrahmane Morceli Algeria ALG 1 Jan 57  
8 3.46.99     Archfel Musango Zambia ZAM 9 Mar 59  
9 3.56.43     Adamou Allassane Niger NIG 4 Aug 60  
10 4.02.87     Tito Rodriguez Suriname SUR 30 Dec 65 NJR
1500 m Men     Heat 5 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.68     José Manuel Abascal Spain ESP 17 Mar 58  
2 3.37.75     Peter Wirz Switzerland SUI 29 Jul 60  
3 3.37.76     Uwe Becker West Germany FRG 10 Dec 55  
4 3.37.95     Riccardo Materazzi Italy ITA 15 Jun 63  
5 3.39.18     Pat Scammell Australia AUS 15 Apr 61  
6 3.39.62     James Igohe Tanzania TAN 62  
7 3.40.42     Tapfumanei Jonga Zimbabwe ZIM 13 Nov 59  
8 3.53.86     Isaac Ganunga Malawi MAW 10 Dec 59  
9 3.57.59     Hugo García Guatemala GUA 10 Apr 63  
10 4.02.63     Kim Bong-Joo South Korea KOR 16 Jun 67  
  DNF     Ibrahim Aziz United Arab Emirates UAE 59  
1500 m Men     Heat 6 9 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.40.33     Steve Cram Great Britain GBR 14 Oct 60  
2 3.40.58     Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60  
3 3.40.69     Peter O'Donoghue New Zealand NZL 1 Oct 61  
4 3.40.72     Abdi Bile Somalia SOM 28 Dec 62  
5 3.41.96     Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57  
6 3.45.55     Zakaria Gwandu Tanzania TAN 64  
7 3.55.19     Batumalai Rajakumar Malaysia MAS 10 Dec 64  
8 3.57.62     Jean-Marie Rudasinqwa Rwanda RWA 13 Jul 53  
9 4.25.80     Philip Sinon Seychelles SEY 21 Sep 63  
10 4.34.71     Diosdado Lozano Equatorial Guinea GEQ 10 Jun 64  
  DNF     Omar Ortega Argentina ARG 13 Dec 60  
 
 
 

 

 

 

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