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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Men's 1500 m



Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 15, 2008 Format: Top five in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 19, 2008  
(Competitors: 48; Countries: 30; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
The heats saw wins by Baala (3:35.87), Kiprop (3:41.28) and van Deventer (3:36.32), before Augustine Choge (KEN) provided a substantially quicker pace in heat four. The race was won by the 2005 double World Champion Rashid Ramzi (BRN). It was his first 1500m of the year, but ominously he uncorked a penutimate 100m of 12.2 to clock 3:32.89, the fastest-ever time in a heat. Kiprop (3:37.04) and Ramzi (3:37.11) won slowly-paced semi-finals, with Sydney and Athens medallist Bernard Lagat the most notable non-qualifier, missing out by 0.03. Kiprop set the pace in the final, passing 400 in 56.5, with Choge on his shoulder. The two Kenyans continued to lead, passing 800 in 1:56.06, and the bell in 2:40.2. If the intention had been to burn off Ramzi, it was clearly executed incorrectly. The 28 year-old Bahrainian swooped into the lead with 270m to go, and covered the last 300m in 38.9 (with his 14th stretch of 100m in 12.6), holding off the graceful Kiprop by just over a metre in 3:32.94. The Kenyan was quicker than Ramzi in the homestraight (13.1 to 13.2), but lost too much ground in the previous 100m. Moroccan-born Ramzi became the first athlete from Bahrain ever to place in the top eight of an Olympic event, while Kiprop, at 19 years 50 days became the youngest ever medallist in this event. Willis won the battle for bronze, just holding off the fast-finishing Baala. Or so we thought, until in 2009 a re-test of Ramzi’s doping sample revealed traces of CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The Bahraini was disqualified, the others upgraded and Kirop – who did not receive the gold medal until 2011 – became the youngest-ever 1500m champion.
Summary by      
With the man considered by many as the greatest 1,500 metre/miler ever, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, now retired, the race was far more open. The favorites in his absence were likely Rashid Ramzi, a Moroccan now running for Bahrain, who had won the 800 and 1,500 at the 2005 World Championships, and America’s Bernard Lagat, the 2000 bronze medalist and 2004 silver medalist, and 2007 World Champion at both 1,500 and 5,000 metres. Lagat had qualified again for both the 1,500 and 5K. But in Beijing Lagat was hampered with a left Achilles’ tendon problem and did not get past the semi-finals. That left it open for Ramzi, who had not raced much in 2007 or 2008 and was a bit of a mystery. In the final, the lead was taken on the first lap by Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop who went thru 400 in 56.48. The pace was not fast enough to break up the field, and Kenya’s Augustine Choge led thru 1,200 in 2:53.67, with a group of runners close on his heels. Ramzi then sprinted to the lead on the backstretch. Kiprop also powered ahead and moved into second. He could never get past Ramzi who won by slightly over a stride, Kiprop winning the silver. New Zealand’s Nick Willis was never in the race early, 11th with a lap left and 8th with 300 left. But he closed very fast and moved up for the bronze medal.
Using new detection techniques, urine samples from the Olympics were retested in early 2009. Traces of CERA were found in the sample of Ramzi, which was announced in April. Tests of the B sample were also reported positive later in the year, and the IOC Executive Committee officially stripped the Bahraini of his title in November 2009. The other medals were redistributed, with France's Mehdi Baala receiving his bronze medal at a special ceremony in Paris in January 2010.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record Morocco Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic record  Noah Ngeny (KEN) 3:32.07 Sydney, Australia 29 September 2000

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.


Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard (3:36.00) in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard (3:39.00) in the same qualifying period.


The Men's 1500 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 15–19 August at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 3:36.60 (A standard) and 3:39.00 (B standard).

The initial winner, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, tested positive for the blood-booster CERA and was disqualified on November 18, 2009.

Men's 1500m - FINAL

When he emerged as a middle distance power at the World Championships in Helsinki three years ago, Rashid Ramzi said his childhood idol was Hicham El Guerrouj. Tonight the 28-year-old succeeded the all-time great as the Olympic 1500m champion.

Biding his time in the middle of the pack for more than half the race, the enigmatic Bahraini wormed his way through the pack to join the leaders at the bell before making his break with 200 metres to go. The gap of some two metres he carried through the final bend proved to be decisive as he crossed the line in 3:32.94.

But he wasn’t alone when he unleashed his fearsome trademark kick. Kenyan teenager Asbel Kiprop, who shared the early race pacing chores with his teammate Augustine Choge, matched Ramzi’s move, and although he wasn’t able to catch him, he didn’t allow the gap to grow either. The 19-year-old finished just a step behind in 3:33.11 to take the silver, the eighth medal overall in the event for Kenya in Olympic competition.

“I’m not disappointed,” said Kiprop, who was fourth at the World championships last year. “Not at all.”

In the fast and furious charge over the final 150 metres, New Zealander Nick Willis produced the race of his life. Sixth entering the homestretch, the 25-year-old national record holder forged on to claim the bronze in 3:34.16, holding off Frenchman Mehdi Baala, who was running on the inside, by just 0.05 seconds.

“I wasn’t able to get the gold,” said Willis, “but to get a bronze means just as much.”

Just over half a second separated finishers four through seven, with Spaniard Juan Carlos Higuero taking fifth (3:34.44) to give Europe two top-five finishers for the second straight Games.

Kiprop said that he and Choge made the decision last night to assume the pacing chores. A brisk pace from the outset, they reasoned, would be the only way to work the kick out of Ramzi’s legs. But that game plan did not quite come to pass.

Kiprop assumed the immediate lead, bringing the tightly-knit pack through the first lap in 56.48, but Choge then slowed the tempo significantly, reaching the 800m in 1:56.06. The next lap was quicker, but the 2:53 split at 1200m wasn’t quite according to plan either.

“We were hoping for 2:50,” Kiprop confirmed. Choge later wasn’t a factor in the homestretch battle, fading to 10th in 3:35.50.

Such is the reputation Ramzi has managed to build, even though he races sparingly. And now, besides a master of the finishing kick – the final lap here was a tick under 53 seconds – he is becoming a man of championships as well. The 800/1500m World champion in 2005, he took silver in the longer distance in Osaka last year, despite missing two months of training to injury. And tomorrow, he said, he’ll decide whether to emulate his idol’s Athens Olympic achievement, and contest the 5000m as well.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

1500 m Men     Final 19 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.33.11     Asbel Kiprop Kenya KEN 30 Jun 89  
2 3.34.16     Nick Willis New Zealand NZL 25 Apr 83  
3 3.34.21     Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
4 3.34.44     Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
5 3.34.66     Abdelaati Iguider Morocco MAR 25 Mar 87  
6 3.34.77     Juan van Deventer South Africa RSA 26 Mar 83  
7 3.35.23     Bilal Mansour Ali Bahrain BRN 17 Oct 83  
8 3.35.37     Andy Baddeley Great Britain GBR 20 Jun 82  
9 3.35.50     Augustine Choge Kenya KEN 21 Jan 87  
10 3.37.68     Dahame Najem Bashir Qatar QAT 8 Nov 79  
11 3.39.87     Christian Obrist Italy ITA 20 Nov 80  
  DQ     Rashid Ramzi        

Men's 1500m - Semi-Finals


The only certainty in Tuesday’s wide open final of the men’s 1500m will be that Bernard Lagat will not be chasing a third Olympic medal.

In the second of two semi-finals, the reigning World champion, and reigning Olympic silver medallist in the event, yet again allowed himself to get into trouble in a crowded pack, but unlike in Friday’s opening round race, he ran out of time and space to advance. Lagat finished sixth, one spot shy of automatic qualifying and a scant 0.02 seconds short of advancing on time.

“There was a lot of boxing and pushing,” said the Kenyan-born American, who, erring on the side of caution, chose to run to the back of the pack for much of the contest. But over the final lap, he left himself with too much ground to cover and simply lacked the steam to make the cut over the long kick to the line. In retrospect, the energy he expended on his quick closing lap on Friday in order to advance could have come back to haunt him here.

Conversely, the semi’s winner Rashid Ramzi looks to be in the driver’s seat for the final, or at worst, at least a co-driver. Running on the inside for most of the race, he timed his finish quickly en route to his 3:37.04 victory, just a step ahead of Frenchman Mehdi Baala, who glided into his second Olympic final (he was fourth in 2000).

“I’m ready to raise the bar from Athens,” said the enigmatic Ramzi, who following his ouster in the Olympic semis four years ago, has gone on to win World championship 800/1500m gold in 2005, and 1500m silver in 2007.

Briton Andy Baddeley’s growing confidence showed as he closed well to take third, equalling Baala’s time. The fourth and fifth spots went to Kenyan Augustine Chogee and New Zealander Nick Willis who interestingly each clocked an identical 3:37.54.

The first heat was marginally faster but remarkably similar. Belal Mansoor Ali of Bahrain took the early lead, tailed by Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider and Spaniard Juan Carlos Higuero.

Little changed as the large pack reached the bell, when Iguider assumed the lead and from well in the back, Kenyan teenager Asbel Kiprop began to gradually make his way to the front. Running safely to the outside, Kiprop strode to the front some 50 metres from the line to finish comfortably in 3:37.04 with Iguider (3:37.21), and Higuero (3:37.31) moving on to the final with little difficulty. Italian Christian Obrist overtook Mansoor Ali to finish fourth in 3:37.47 to move on as well.

Also advancing as the next two fastest were South African Juan van Deventer, perhaps the biggest surprise of the first two rounds, and Kenyan-born Qatari Daham Naim Bashir.

Other notable casualties included World Indoor champion Deresse Mekonnen of Ethiopia.

Despite the strong form illustrated by Ramzi and Kiprop, the race to succeed mile legend Hicham El Guerrouj as Olympic champion is still very much perceived as wide open.

Said Baddeley, the winner of Oslo’s Dream Mile in June: “Well, I’m in the final, but so are 11 other guys. It’s wide open this year. Anyone can take it.”

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

1500 m Men     Semifinal 1 16 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.04   Q Asbel Kiprop Kenya KEN 30 Jun 89  
2 3.37.21   Q Abdelaati Iguider Morocco MAR 25 Mar 87  
3 3.37.31   Q Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
4 3.37.47   Q Christian Obrist Italy ITA 20 Nov 80  
5 3.37.60   Q Bilal Mansour Ali Bahrain BRN 17 Oct 83  
6 3.37.75   Q Juan van Deventer South Africa RSA 26 Mar 83  
7 3.37.77   Q Dahame Najem Bashir Qatar QAT 8 Nov 79  
8 3.37.94     Carsten Schlangen Germany GER 31 Dec 80  
9 3.39.10     Nate Brannen Canada CAN 8 Sep 82  
10 3.40.16     Mulugeta Wondimu Ethiopia ETH 28 Feb 85  
11 3.40.64     Anter Zerguelaine Algeria ALG 4 Jan 85  
12 3.41.00     Lopez Lomong United States USA 1 Jan 85  
1500 m Men     Semifinal 2 16 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.47   Q Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
2 3.37.47   Q Andy Baddeley Great Britain GBR 20 Jun 82  
3 3.37.54   Q Augustine Choge Kenya KEN 21 Jan 87  
4 3.37.54   Q Nick Willis New Zealand NZL 25 Apr 83  
5 3.37.79     Bernard Lagat United States USA 12 Dec 74  
6 3.37.85     Deresse Mekonnen Ethiopia ETH 20 Oct 87  
7 3.39.73     Tarek Boukensa Algeria ALG 19 Nov 81  
8 3.40.30     Kevin Sullivan Canada CAN 20 Mar 74  
9 3.40.90     Mohamed Moustaoui Morocco MAR 2 Apr 85  
10 3.41.57     Arturo Casado Spain ESP 26 Jan 83  
11 3.50.33     Leo Manzano United States USA 12 Sep 84  
  DQ     Rashid Ramzi        

Men's 1500m Round 1


Bernard Lagat’s quest for double Olympic gold got off to a less than auspicious start.

After finding himself trapped on the inside and in seventh position about midway through the back straight of Heat 2, the reigning World champion was forced to expend valuable energy to not only work his way out of the box, but into one of the first five automatic qualifying positions as well. With a 52.2 final lap he succeeded, finishing fourth in 3:41.98, but admitted that his miscue may cost him in Sunday’s semi-finals.

“That’s something I have to avoid in the semi-finals, not just try to avoid,” said Lagat, who has raced to bronze and silver in the previous too Olympics. “I was confident that I would get out. It has happened before. But you know, getting out sometimes takes a lot.”

Concisely summing up his race, the first of five on his Beijing schedule, Lagat said, “I think I was a little too relaxed. So I’m going to act a little differently next time.”

In a confident run similar to his victory at Rome’s Golden Gala last month, 19-year-old Kenyan Asbel Kiprop won the heat in 3:41.28 with ease, underscoring his podium ambitions. Canadian Nate Brannen (3:41.45) and Spaniard Juan Carlos Higuero (3:41.70) both finished ahead of Lagat.

Conversely, Rashid Ramzi, the man who cruised to double world titles of his own in 2005, took the fourth heat in dominating fashion. Kicking from the field with just over 200 metres to go, the enigmatic Bahraini cruised to a 3:32.89 victory, by far the quickest of the opening round, in his first race over the distance this season. Indeed, he threatened Noah Ngeny’s Olympic record of 3:32.07 set in Sydney eight years ago and was confident enough to throw up his arms triumphantly.

Finishing well behind Ramzi’s draft was Moroccan Mohamed Moustaoui in 3:24.80 with Kenyan Augustine Choge (3:35.47) third.

In a series of predictably tactical races, no other major surprises emerged.

European champion Mehdi Baala ran comfortably to take the first heat in 3:57.87, with New Zealander Nicholas Willis, Qatari Daham Naim Bashir and Tarek Boukensa of Algeria also advancing, along with World indoor champion Deresse Mekonnen of Ethiopia.

Heat three was a kickfest won by South African Juan de Deventer over Spaniard Arturo Casado and quick closing Briton Andy Baddeley and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider. Just 0.15 seconds separated to top four.

Said Baddeley, the winner of this year’s Dream Mile in Oslo, “It’s so nerve-racking. Nothing changes the fact that it’s the Olympic Games and thousands of people are out there watching.”

American fans will be pleased with the first round performance of their trio, with all three advancing, a trick no other country managed to turn. Leo Manzano advanced on time after finishing sixth in the first heat, clocking a season’s best 3:36.67; Lopez Lomong, the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies a week ago, finished fifth in 3:36.70 in his first international race. Lomong was one of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’, a refugee separated from their parents at age six who spent a decade at a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States to live with a foster family.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF
1500 m Men     Heat 1 15 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.35.87   Q Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
2 3.36.01   Q Nick Willis New Zealand NZL 25 Apr 83  
3 3.36.05   Q Dahame Najem Bashir Qatar QAT 8 Nov 79  
4 3.36.11   Q Tarek Boukensa Algeria ALG 19 Nov 81  
5 3.36.22   Q Deresse Mekonnen Ethiopia ETH 20 Oct 87  
6 3.36.67     Leo Manzano United States USA 12 Sep 84  
7 3.39.36     Javier Carriqueo Argentina ARG 29 May 79  
8 3.39.62     Reyes Estévez Spain ESP 2 Aug 76  
9 3.41.56     Taylor Milne Canada CAN 14 Sep 81  
10 3.42.13     Youssef Baba Morocco MAR 7 Aug 79  
11 3.42.53     Vyacheslav Shabunin Russia RUS 27 Sep 69  
1500 m Men     Heat 2 15 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.41.28   Q Asbel Kiprop Kenya KEN 30 Jun 89  
2 3.41.45   Q Nate Brannen Canada CAN 8 Sep 82  
3 3.41.70   Q Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
4 3.41.98   Q Bernard Lagat United States USA 12 Dec 74  
5 3.42.30   Q Anter Zerguelaine Algeria ALG 4 Jan 85  
6 3.42.92     Goran Nava Serbia SRB 15 Apr 81  
7 3.43.40     Tom Lancashire Great Britain GBR 2 Jul 85  
8 3.44.90     Alistair Cragg Ireland IRL 13 Jun 80  
9 3.45.06     Hais Welday Eritrea ERI 24 Oct 89  
10 3.45.82     Mohamed Othman Shahween Saudi Arabia KSA 15 Feb 86  
11 3.46.31     Mitchell Kealey Australia AUS 28 Jan 84  
12 3.51.35     Isaiah Msibi Swaziland SWZ 15 Feb 84  
1500 m Men     Heat 3 15 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.36.32   Q Juan van Deventer South Africa RSA 26 Mar 83  
2 3.36.42   Q Arturo Casado Spain ESP 26 Jan 83  
3 3.36.47   Q Andy Baddeley Great Britain GBR 20 Jun 82  
4 3.36.48   Q Abdelaati Iguider Morocco MAR 25 Mar 87  
5 3.36.70   Q Lopez Lomong United States USA 1 Jan 85  
6 3.36.84     Bilal Mansour Ali Bahrain BRN 17 Oct 83  
7 3.37.06     Hudson de Souza Brazil BRA 25 Feb 77  
8 3.37.78     Demma Daba Ethiopia ETH 18 Jul 89  
9 3.38.59     Tiidrek Nurme Estonia EST 18 Nov 85 NR
10 3.39.70     David Freeman Puerto Rico PUR 28 Apr 82  
11 3.41.56     Nicholas Kemboi Kenya KEN 18 Dec 89  
12 3.45.57     Byron Piedra Ecuador ECU 9 Aug 82  
13 3.47.65     Abdallah Abdelgader Sudan SUD 7 May 87  
1500 m Men     Heat 4 15 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.34.80   Q Mohamed Moustaoui Morocco MAR 2 Apr 85  
2 3.35.47   Q Augustine Choge Kenya KEN 21 Jan 87  
3 3.35.91   Q Christian Obrist Italy ITA 20 Nov 80  
4 3.36.05   Q Kevin Sullivan Canada CAN 20 Mar 74  
5 3.36.34   Q Carsten Schlangen Germany GER 31 Dec 80  
6 3.36.67   Q Mulugeta Wondimu Ethiopia ETH 28 Feb 85  
7 3.41.08     Kamal Ali Thamer Qatar QAT 12 Nov 88  
8 3.43.62     Mahamoud Farah Djibouti DJI 4 Sep 88  
9 3.44.96     Chauncy Master Malawi MAW 2 Jun 85  
10 3.45.59     Kamel Boulahfane Algeria ALG 1 Jul 76  
11 3.53.95     Jeff Riseley Australia AUS 11 Nov 86  
  DQ     Rashid Ramzi        
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Round 1

Heat[5] Lane Athlete Country PB SB Time Notes
1 1 Tarek Boukensa Algeria 3:30.92 3:31.98 3:36.11 Q
1 2 Nicholas Willis New Zealand 3:32.17 3:33.51 3:36.01 Q
1 3 Javier Carriqueo Argentina 3:38.62 3:39.36 3:39.36  
1 4 Leonel Manzano United States 3:35.29 3:36.67 3:36.67 Q
1 5 Taylor Milne Canada 3:36.00 3:36.00 3:41.56  
1 6 Juan Luis Barrios Mexico 3:37.71 3:37.87   DNS
1 7 Mehdi Baala France 3:28.98 3:32.00 3:35.87 Q
1 8 Youssef Baba Morocco 3:32.13 3:33.85 3:42.13  
1 9 Daham Naim Bashir Qatar 3:31.04 3:34.77 3:36.05 Q
1 10 Vyacheslav Shabunin Russia 3:32.28 3:37.99 3:42.53  
1 11 Deresse Mekonnen Ethiopia 3:33.71 3:33.71 3:36.22 Q
1 12 Reyes Estevez Spain 3:30.57 3:34.98 3:39.62  
2 1 Nathan Brannen Canada 3:34.65 3:34.65 3:41.45 Q
2 2 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 3:31.57 3:32.57 3:41.70 Q
2 3 Asbel Kipruto Kiprop Kenya 3:31.64 3:31.64 3:41.28 Q
2 4 Mitchell Kealey Australia 3:36.21 3:36.21 3:46.31  
2 5 Bernard Lagat United States 3:26.34 3:35.14 3:41.98 Q
2 6 Hais Welday Eritrea 3:37.25 3:37.25 3:45.06  
2 7 Ivan Heshko Ukraine 3:30.33 3:43.95   DNS
2 8 Alistair Cragg Ireland 3:36.18 3:39.12 3:44.90  
2 9 Mohammed Othman Shaween Saudi Arabia 3:33.90 3:33.90 3:45.82  
2 10 Isiah Msibi Swaziland 3:51.35 3:51.35 3:51.35 PB
2 11 Thomas Lancashire Great Britain 3:35.33 3:35.33 3:43.40  
2 12 Goran Nava Serbia 3:38.35 3:38.35 3:42.92  
2 13 Antar Zerguelaine Algeria 3:31.95 3:33.32 3:42.30 Q
3 1 David Freeman Puerto Rico 3:38.90 3:39.70 3:39.70 SB
3 2 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3:33.25 3:36.89 3:37.06  
3 3 Byron Piedra Ecuador 3:37.88 3:45.17 3:45.57  
3 4 Demma Daba Ethiopia 3:35.27 3:35.27 3:37.78  
3 5 Arturo Casado Spain 3:33.14 3:33.14 3:36.42 Q
3 6 Lopez Lomong United States 3:36.36 3:36.36 3:36.70 Q
3 7 Abdalaati Iguider Morocco 3:31.88 3:31.88 3:36.48 Q
3 8 Andrew Baddeley Great Britain 3:34.36 3:34.36 3:36.47 Q
3 9 Juan van Deventer South Africa 3:34.46 3:34.46 3:36.32 Q
3 10 Nicholas Kemboi Kenya 3:33.72 3:35.25 3:41.56  
3 11 Tiidrek Nurme Estonia 3:38.59 3:38.59 3:38.59 PB, NR
3 12 Belal Mansoor Ali Bahrain 3:31.49 3:33.12 3:36.84 q
3 13 Abdalla Abdelgadir Sudan 3:38.93 3:38.93 3:47.65  
4 1 Mulugeta Wendimu Ethiopia 3:31.13 3:34.67 3:36.67 q
4 2 Kamal Thamer Ali Qatar 3:35.56 3:35.56 3:41.08  
4 3 Rashid Ramzi Bahrain 3:29.14 3:32.89   DQ
4 4 Mohamed Moustaoui Morocco 3:32.06 3:32.06 3:34.80 Q
4 5 Kevin Sullivan Canada 3:31.71 3:35.78 3:36.05 Q
4 6 Christian Obrist Italy 3:35.32 3:35.91 3:35.91 Q SB
4 7 Carsten Schlangen Germany 3:34.99 3:34.99 3:36.34 q
4 8 Chauncy Master Malawi 3:42.73 3:42.73 3:44.96  
4 9 Augustine Kiprono Choge Kenya 3:31.57 3:31.57 3:35.47 Q
4 10 Mahamoud Farah Djibouti 3:39.29 3:39.29 3:43.62  
4 11 Kamel Boulahfane Algeria 3:32.44 3:33.33 3:45.59  
4 12 Jeffrey Riseley Australia 3:36.03 3:36.03 3:53.95  


Qual. rule: first 5 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.[6]

Semifinal 1

17 August 2008 - 21:55

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Asbel Kipruto Kiprop Kenya 3:37.04 Q
2 Abdalaati Iguider Morocco 3:37.21 Q
3 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 3:37.31 Q
4 Christian Obrist Italy 3:37.47 Q
5 Belal Mansoor Ali Bahrain 3:37.60 Q
6 Juan van Deventer South Africa 3:37.75 q
7 Daham Najim Bashir Qatar 3:37.77 q
8 Carsten Schlangen Germany 3:37.94  
9 Nathan Brannen Canada 3:39.10  
10 Mulugeta Wendimu Ethiopia 3:40.16  
11 Antar Zerguelaine Algeria 3:40.64  
12 Lopez Lomong United States 3:41.00  

Semifinal 2

17 August 2008 - 22:04

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mehdi Baala France 3:37.47 Q
2 Andrew Baddeley Great Britain 3:37.47 Q
3 Augustine Kiprono Choge Kenya 3:37.54 Q
4 Nicholas Willis New Zealand 3:37.54 Q
5 Bernard Lagat United States 3:37.79  
6 Deresse Mekonnen Ethiopia 3:37.85  
7 Tarek Boukensa Algeria 3:39.73  
8 Kevin Sullivan Canada 3:40.30  
9 Mohamed Moustaoui Morocco 3:40.90  
10 Arturo Casado Spain 3:41.57  
11 Leonel Manzano United States 3:50.33  
  Rashid Ramzi Bahrain   DQ


19 August 2008 - 22:50

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes[7]
1st Asbel Kipruto Kiprop Kenya 3:33.11  
2nd Nicholas Willis New Zealand 3:34.16  
3rd Mehdi Baala France 3:34.21  
4 Juan Carlos Higuero Spain 3:34.44  
5 Abdalaati Iguider Morocco 3:34.66  
6 Juan van Deventer South Africa 3:34.77  
7 Belal Mansoor Ali Bahrain 3:35.23  
8 Andrew Baddeley Great Britain 3:35.37  
9 Augustine Kiprono Choge Kenya 3:35.50  
10 Daham Najim Bashir Qatar 3:37.68  
11 Christian Obrist Italy 3:39.87  
DQ Rashid Ramzi Bahrain    


Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
400 m Asbel Kipruto Kiprop  Kenya 56.48
800 m Augustine Kiprono Choge  Kenya 1:56.06
1200 m Augustine Kiprono Choge  Kenya 2:53.67




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