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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Women's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Format: Top three in each heat and three two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 12, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and three two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Finished: August 16, 2016  
 Competitors 42from 25 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Overview by IAAF   2016_olympic_stadium.jpg
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Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The two favorites were Kenya’s [Genzebe Dibaba] and [Faith Kibiegon]. They did nothing to dispel that status when they both won their semi-finals. Americans [Jenny Simpson] and [Shannon Rowbury] were both considered to have shots at medals. [Laura Weightman] led the final through 400 metres in a walking pace of 76.57, with the Americans close on her heels. Dibaba moved to the lead at 800 metres, passed in 2:27.11, still very slow. She then put it in another gear, running the third 400 in 56.7, with only Kipyegon and Britain’s [Laura Muir] on her shoulder. Kipyegon took the lead with 200 left, and simply moved ahead, winning by over 10 metres in 4:08.92, the second-slowest Olympic winning time ever. Dibaba was struggling on the straight, but held on to win silver. Simpson had been sixth at the bell but started to move with 250 remaining, and gradually picked off runners to move up to bronze. Rowbury had been eighth at the bell and ran the same sort of pace, finishing just behind her teammate.
 Summary by Wikipedia      

Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder and the 2015 World Champion had an injury affected outdoor season, though she was still the fourth fastest entrant. Faith Kipyegon, the 2015 World runner-up, was the form athlete before the Olympics, being unbeaten and owning the two fastest times for the season – a Kenyan record of 3:56.41 minutes. Laura Muir's British record placed her second on the seasonal rankings. Other top entrants included Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Besu Sado, Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan, and American former world medallists Jennifer Simpson, Brenda Martinez and Shannon Rowbury.[2] The 2012 Olympic champion Aslı Çakır Alptekin was absent due to a doping ban, as were five other finalists from 2012, a race ESPN "one of the dirtiest races in Olympic history."

There were no surprise eliminations in the first round. Dawit Seyaum won the fastest heat in 4:05.33 minutes, with Kipyegon and Genzebe Dibaba being the other heat winners.

Many of these women were in the World Championship race and the world record run before it. They had a year to think about and prepare their way to beat Dibaba. The final started off in a walk for these athletes, the first lap in 1:16.57. Dibaba went almost to the back of the pack, with the last chaser in her previous major races, Sifan Hassan watching her back and only Laura Muir trailing. Shannon Rowbury was relegated to the unwanted leader duties until Laura Weightman moved forward near the end of the lap. After the slow first lap, even Muir tired of jogging at the back and moved forward, but not Dibaba and Hassan. By the steeplechase pit, 550 metres into the race, Dibaba ran a few quicker steps and moved to the outside, foretelling her move. Over the next 150 metres, Dibaba floated forward with ease, Hassan following. Over the next 100 metres, Dibaba cruised to the front, with each of the key figures in the race recognizing she had passed and scrambling to follow. With a lap and a half to go, Muir was tight on Dibaba's shoulder, followed by Faith Kipyegon, Besu Sado, Jennifer Simpson, Hassan and Rowbury. Dawit Seyaum came up from behind to join the mix of leaders but all were fighting not to let Dibaba get away. At the bell, Kipyegon had gotten around Muir and was right on Dibaba's back, a gap had separated between Muir and the next chaser, Hassan. The third lap was run in 56.80. Both Dibaba and Kipyegon appeared to be in full sprint, but Kipyegon stuck to Dibaba like glue down the backstretch. Then with just over 200 to go, Kipyegon accelerated around Dibaba. Dibaba had no answer. Kipyegon continued to extend her lead on to the finish line. Behind them was the battle for bronze. With 150 to go, Hassan caught Muir but Simpson was right on her back and Rowbury was gaining from behind. Coming off the turn, Simpson went into her sprint, which left Hassan behind. Rowbury also ran past Hassan and followed Simpson to the line. Dibaba tied up badly going in to the finish, with Simpson rapidly gaining, but the finish line arrived for Dibaba faster than a sprinting Simpson could get there.

Kipyegon ran her last 800 in 1:57.2, even faster than Dibaba ran her last 800 in Beijing.

The following evening the medals were presented by Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, IOC member, Ethiopia and Nawal El Moutawakel, Council Member of the IAAF.

 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 3:50.07 Fontvieille, Monaco 17 July 2015
Olympic record  Paula Ivan (ROU) 3:53.96 Seoul, South Korea 26 September 1988
2016 World leading  Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (KEN) 3:56.41 Eugene, United States 28 May 2016
 
Area
Time (s)AthleteNation
Africa (records) 3:50.07 WR Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia
Asia (records) 3:50.46 Qu Yunxia  China
Europe (records) 3:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina  Soviet Union
North, Central America
and Caribbean (records)
3:56.29 Shannon Rowbury  United States
Oceania (records) 4:00.93 Sarah Jamieson  Australia
South America (records) 4:05.67 Letitia Vriesde  Suriname
 
        Results          
16 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's 1500m final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Faith Kipyegon remembers all too well what it’s like trying to chase down Genzebe Dibaba.

The Kenyan finished second to the world record-holder in the 1500m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 as Dibaba was at the peak of her powers.

In Rio, though, it was Dibaba’s turn to do the chasing.

The real racing wouldn’t start until there were just two laps remaining. The opening pace was slow with Britain’s Laura Weightman the reluctant leader of a closely bunched field, passing through 400m in 1:16.57.

Ethiopia’s Besu Sado and Britain’s Laura Muir moved to the front of the pack with little more than two laps remaining, but their lead didn’t last long as Dibaba darted to the head of the pack, passing the 800m mark in 2:27.11.

Kipyegon and world indoor champion Sifan Hassan were gradually making their way through the field as Dibaba continued to lead, attempting to increase and control the pace.

The bell sounded for the last lap and Dibaba was chased by Kipyegon and Muir as the trio opened up a gap on the rest of the field. Dibaba held pole position through 1200m, passed in 3:23.90, but Kipyegon was still close behind. Meanwhile, Hassan and USA’s Jenny Simpson set out in pursuit of the top three.

Kipyegon took the lead with 200 metres remaining, while Hassan, Simpson and Shannon Rowbury had caught Muir on the top of the final bend. There was no catching Kipyegon, though, who was away and clear, the Kenyan crossing the line in 4:08.92 after covering the last lap in 58.79 and the final 800m in 1:57.2.

“I knew it would be a fast race, I really had to kick on the last lap,” said the 22-year-old Kipyegon. “I was well prepared for the race. I’m proud to win for my country.”

Dibaba was more than a second in arrears, taking silver in 4:10.27. In the tight battle for bronze, Simpson had the better finish, taking third place in 4:10.53. Both Dibaba and Simpson earned their respective countries’ first ever Olympic medals in the women’s 1500m.

Rowbury was fourth in 4:11.05, finishing 0.18 ahead of Hassan. A tiring Muir was passed by Sweden’s Meraf Bahta in the closing stages, the pair recording times of 4:12.59 and 4:12.88. Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum rounded out the top eight in 4:13.14.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

1500 m Women     Final 16 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.08.92     Faith Kipyegon   KEN 10 Jan 94    
2 4.10.27     Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 8 Feb 91    
3 4.10.53     Jenny Simpson   USA 23 Aug 86    
4 4.11.05     Shannon Rowbury   USA 19 Sep 84    
5 4.11.23     Sifan Hassan   NED 1 Jan 93    
6 4.12.59     Meraf Bahta   SWE 24 Jun 89    
7 4.12.88     Laura Muir   GBR 9 May 93    
8 4.13.14     Dawit Seyaum   ETH 27 Jul 96    
9 4.13.58     Besu Sado   ETH 12 Jan 96    
10 4.14.72     Sofia Ennaoui   POL 30 Aug 95    
11 4.14.95     Laura Weightman   GBR 1 Jul 91    
12 4.15.16     Rabab Arrafi   MAR 12 Jan 91    
14 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's 1500m semi-finals – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The two big favourites for 1500m gold won their respective semi-finals, but one or two other athletes did enough to show that the final may not be just a two-way battle.

Britain’s Laura Weightman was the early leader in the first heat, passing 400m in 1:09.88. 800m was passed in 2:15.65 before world leader Faith Kipyegon moved up and forced the pace.

Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum moved up on to the Kenyan’s shoulder, but the world silver medallist held the lead until the end, crossing the line in 4:03.95 after covering the last lap in 1:00.43.

Seyaum was second in 4:04.23, while USA’s Shannon Rowbury and Ethiopia’s Besu Sado also qualified by right, clocking 4:04.46 and 4:05.19.

Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui, as she often does, came charging down the outside of the pack in the closing stages, but couldn’t quite catch Weightman, who crossed the line just 0.01 ahead to take the fifth and final automatic qualifying spot.

Ennaoui crashed to the ground, dejected, but later discovered that her 4:05.29 was enough to advance to the final as one of the two non-automatic qualifiers.

USA’s 2013 world 800m bronze medallist Brenda Martinez surprisingly faded on the last lap and trailed home last in 4:10.41.

The second semi-final was a shade quicker, as USA’s 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson covered the opening lap in 1:08.27.

Britain’s Laura Muir moved on to the shoulder of Simpson, who continued to lead for another lap, but world champion Genzebe Dibaba and world indoor champion Sifan Hassan then eased to the front about 40 metres before the bell sounded for the final lap.

Dibaba, Sifan and Muir detached themselves from the rest of the field as they kicked for home. Their running order remained the same as they crossed the line, Dibaba taking the victory in 4:03.06 after a 57.59 last lap.

Hassan finished second in 4:03.62 with Muir taking third in 4:04.16. Simpson and Meraf Bahta grabbed the other automatic qualifying spots in 4:05.07 and 4:06.41 respectively.

As was the case in the other semi-final, one of the medal contenders finished last; European champion Angelika Cichocka was a distant 12th in 4:17.83.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

1500 m Women     Semifinal 1 14 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.03.95   Q Faith Kipyegon   KEN 10 Jan 94    
2 4.04.23   Q Dawit Seyaum   ETH 27 Jul 96    
3 4.04.46   Q Shannon Rowbury   USA 19 Sep 84   SB
4 4.05.19   Q Besu Sado   ETH 12 Jan 96    
5 4.05.28   Q Laura Weightman   GBR 1 Jul 91    
6 4.05.29   q Sofia Ennaoui   POL 30 Aug 95    
7 4.05.60   q Rabab Arrafi   MAR 12 Jan 91    
8 4.05.81     Linden Hall   AUS 29 Jun 91    
9 4.06.95     Zoe Buckman   AUS 21 Dec 88    
10 4.07.26     Konstanze Klosterhalfen   GER 18 Feb 97    
11 4.08.07     Ciara Mageean   IRL 12 Mar 92    
12 4.10.41     Brenda Martinez   USA 8 Sep 87    
1500 m Women     Semifinal 2 14 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.03.06   Q Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 8 Feb 91    
2 4.03.62   Q Sifan Hassan   NED 1 Jan 93    
3 4.04.16   Q Laura Muir   GBR 9 May 93    
4 4.05.07   Q Jenny Simpson   USA 23 Aug 86    
5 4.06.41   Q Meraf Bahta   SWE 24 Jun 89    
6 4.06.83     Violah Lagat   KEN 13 Mar 89    
7 4.08.53     Nicole Sifuentes   CAN 30 Jun 86    
8 4.08.55     Malika Akkaoui   MAR 25 Dec 87    
9 4.10.15     Diana Sujew   GER 2 Nov 90    
10 4.11.34     Danuta Urbanik   POL 24 Dec 89    
11 4.13.25     Jenny Blundell   AUS 9 May 94    
12 4.17.83     Angelika Cichocka   POL 15 Mar 88    
12 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's 1500m heats – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In a largely uneventful first round of the women’s 1500m, all of the medal contenders made it through to the next round – some doing so more convincingly than others.

World champion Genzebe Dibaba won the first heat in 4:10.61, dashing ahead of the rest of the field on the last lap to win comfortably. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean emerged from the chasing pack to finish second to Dibaba in 4:11.51.

European champion Angelika Cichocka had to work hard down the home straight to guarantee her place among the top six automatic qualifiers, the Pole managing to salvage fifth place in 4:11.76 as she crossed the line seemingly level with USA’s Brenda Martinez, Australia’s Linden Hall and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen. Just 0.02 separated those four women, but they all advanced.

The second heat was perhaps the toughest as world leader Faith Kipyegon was drawn against world indoor champion Sifan Hassan and 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson. Kipyegon led for much of the way, while Hassan stayed at the back before working her way through the field. They drew level with each other on the home straight and just 0.01 separated them on the line, Hassan getting the verdict in 4:06.64.

Fast-finishing Pole Sofia Ennaoui was third, while Simpson, Malika Akkaoui and Ethiopia’s Besu Sadu took the other automatic qualifying spots.

Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes dictated the pace in the third and final heat. She was eventually caught by Britain’s Laura Muir and USA’s Shannon Rowbury, but it was Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum who took the field by surprise, bursting into the lead with 200 metres remaining and going on to win in 4:05.33.

Rowbury, Muir, Rababe Arafi, Meraf Bahta and Zoe Buckman all advanced by right, while Sifuentes also made it through as a non-automatic qualifier.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

1500 m Women     Heat 1 12 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.10.61   Q Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 8 Feb 91    
2 4.11.51   Q Ciara Mageean   IRL 12 Mar 92    
3 4.11.74   Q Brenda Martinez   USA 8 Sep 87    
4 4.11.75   Q Linden Hall   AUS 29 Jun 91    
5 4.11.76   Q Angelika Cichocka   POL 15 Mar 88    
6 4.11.76   Q Konstanze Klosterhalfen   GER 18 Feb 97    
7 4.12.00     Hilary Stellingwerff   CAN 7 Aug 81    
8 4.13.15     Maureen Koster   NED 3 Jul 92    
9 4.13.46     Siham Hilali   MAR 2 May 86    
10 4.15.17     Amela Terzić   SRB 2 Jan 93    
11 4.15.41     Nancy Chepkwemoi   KEN 8 Oct 93    
12 4.18.53     Marta Pen   POR 31 Jul 93    
13 4.33.94     Saraswati Bhattarai   NEP 8 Mar 94   NR , PB
14 4.38.86     Celmas Soares Bonfim   STP 23 Dec 77    
1500 m Women     Heat 2 12 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.06.64   Q Sifan Hassan   NED 1 Jan 93    
2 4.06.65   Q Faith Kipyegon   KEN 10 Jan 94    
3 4.06.90   Q Sofia Ennaoui   POL 30 Aug 95    
4 4.06.99   Q Jenny Simpson   USA 23 Aug 86    
5 4.07.42   Q Malika Akkaoui   MAR 25 Dec 87   SB
6 4.08.11   Q Besu Sado   ETH 12 Jan 96    
7 4.08.37   q Laura Weightman   GBR 1 Jul 91    
8 4.09.05   q Jenny Blundell   AUS 9 May 94    
9 4.09.45     Gabriela Stafford   CAN 13 Sep 95    
10 4.09.50     Muriel Coneo   COL 15 Mar 87    
11 4.10.96     Tigist Gashaw   BRN 25 Dec 96    
12 4.11.55     Florina Pierdevară   ROU 29 Mar 90   SB
13 4.11.88     Nikki Hamblin   NZL 20 May 88    
14 4.47.38     Anjelina Nadai Lohalith   SSD 93   PB
1500 m Women     Heat 3 12 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 4.05.33   Q Dawit Seyaum   ETH 27 Jul 96    
2 4.06.47   Q Shannon Rowbury   USA 19 Sep 84    
3 4.06.53   Q Laura Muir   GBR 9 May 93    
4 4.06.63   Q Rabab Arrafi   MAR 12 Jan 91    
5 4.06.82   Q Meraf Bahta   SWE 24 Jun 89    
6 4.06.93   Q Zoe Buckman   AUS 21 Dec 88    
7 4.07.43   q Nicole Sifuentes   CAN 30 Jun 86    
8 4.08.09   q Violah Lagat   KEN 13 Mar 89    
9 4.08.67   q Danuta Urbanik   POL 24 Dec 89    
10 4.09.07   q Diana Sujew   GER 2 Nov 90    
11 4.09.74     Margherita Magnani   ITA 26 Feb 87    
12 4.42.67     Kadra Mohamed Dembil   DJI 22 Apr 97   NR , PB
13 5.00.53     Nelia Martins   TLS 9 Jul 98    
  DNS     Betlhem Desalegn   UAE 13 Nov 91    
 

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Heats

Qualification rule: first 6 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 4:10.61 Q
2 Ciara Mageean  Ireland 4:11.51 Q
3 Brenda Martinez  United States 4:11.74 Q
4 Linden Hall  Australia 4:11.75 Q
5 Angelika Cichocka  Poland 4:11.76 Q
6 Konstanze Klosterhalfen  Germany 4:11.76 Q
7 Hilary Stellingwerff  Canada 4:12.00  
8 Maureen Koster  Netherlands 4:13.15  
9 Siham Hilali  Morocco 4:13.46  
10 Amela Terzić  Serbia 4:15.17  
11 Nancy Chepkwemoi  Kenya 4:15.41  
12 Marta Pen  Portugal 4:18.53  
13 Saraswati Bhattarai  Nepal 4:33.94 NR
14 Celma Bonfim da Graça  São Tomé and Príncipe 4:38.86  
 

Heat 2

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 4:06.64 Q
2 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  Kenya 4:06.65 Q
3 Sofia Ennaoui  Poland 4:06.90 Q
4 Jennifer Simpson  United States 4:06.99 Q
5 Malika Akkaoui  Morocco 4:07.42 Q, SB
6 Besu Sado  Ethiopia 4:08.11 Q
7 Laura Weightman  Great Britain 4:08.37 q
8 Jenny Blundell  Australia 4:09.05 q
9 Gabriela Stafford  Canada 4:09.45  
10 Muriel Coneo  Colombia 4:09.50  
11 Tigist Gashaw  Bahrain 4:10.96  
12 Florina Pierdevara  Romania 4:11.55 SB
13 Nikki Hamblin  New Zealand 4:11.88  
14 Anjelina Nadai Lohalith  Refugee Olympic Team 4:47.38  
 

Heat 3

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1 Dawit Seyaum  Ethiopia 4:05.33 Q
2 Shannon Rowbury  United States 4:06.47 Q
3 Laura Muir  Great Britain 4:06.53 Q
4 Rababe Arafi  Morocco 4:06.63 Q
5 Meraf Bahta  Sweden 4:06.82 Q
6 Zoe Buckman  Australia 4:06.93 Q
7 Nicole Sifuentes  Canada 4:07.43 q
8 Violah Cheptoo Lagat  Kenya 4:08.09 q
9 Danuta Urbanik  Poland 4:08.67 q
10 Diana Sujew  Germany 4:09.07 q
11 Margherita Magnani  Italy 4:09.74  
12 Kadra Mohamed Dembil  Djibouti 4:42.67  
13 Nelia Martins  East Timor 5:00.53  
  Betthem Desalegn  United Arab Emirates   DNS
 

Semifinals

Semifinals 1

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  Kenya 4:03.95 Q
2 Dawit Seyaum  Ethiopia 4:04.23 Q
3 Shannon Rowbury  United States 4:04.46 Q, SB
4 Besu Sado  Ethiopia 4:05.19 Q
5 Laura Weightman  Great Britain 4:05.28 Q
6 Sofia Ennaoui  Poland 4:05.29 q
7 Rababe Arafi  Morocco 4:05.60 q
8 Linden Hall  Australia 4:05.81  
9 Zoe Buckman  Australia 4:06.95  
10 Konstanze Klosterhalfen  Germany 4:07.26  
11 Ciara Mageean  Ireland 4:08.07  
12 Brenda Martinez  United States 4:10.41  
 

Semifinals 2

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 4:03.06 Q
2 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 4:03.62 Q
3 Laura Muir  Great Britain 4:04.16 Q
4 Jennifer Simpson  United States 4:05.07 Q
5 Meraf Bahta  Sweden 4:06.41 Q
6 Violah Cheptoo Lagat  Kenya 4:06.83  
7 Nicole Sifuentes  Canada 4:08.53  
8 Malika Akkaoui  Morocco 4:08.55  
9 Diana Sujew  Germany 4:10.15  
10 Danuta Urbanik  Poland 4:11.34  
11 Jenny Blundell  Australia 4:13.25  
12 Angelika Cichocka  Poland 4:17.83  
 

Finals

RankAthleteNationalityTimeNotes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  Kenya 4:08.92  
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 4:10.27  
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Jennifer Simpson  United States 4:10.53  
4 Shannon Rowbury  United States 4:11.05  
5 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 4:11.23  
6 Meraf Bahta  Sweden 4:12.59  
7 Laura Muir  Great Britain 4:12.88  
8 Dawit Seyaum  Ethiopia 4:13.14  
9 Besu Sado  Ethiopia 4:13.58  
10 Sofia Ennaoui  Poland 4:14.72  
11 Laura Weightman  Great Britain 4:14.95  
12 Rababe Arafi  Morocco 4:15.16  

 

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