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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 1500m

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 6 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 2)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997 Format: Semi-finals (First 5 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 3)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The eagerly awaited race between Olympic Champion Masterkova and 1997 world leader Holmes never came to pass. Injury forced Holmes to a walk in her heat and reduced Masterkova to limping home last in her semi. That made the final wide open and after three slow laps in the lead by Ewerlöf it was down to the best sprinter. That proved to be Sacramento but her 60.9 last lap hardly compared with Holmes’ 59.7 in her Commonwealth record of 3:58.07 or Masterkova’s 60.0 finale to her 4:00.83 victory in the Atlanta Olympics. Jacobs, who had been thrown off stride along the final back straight by 19 year-old world junior 3000m champion Weyermann, did well to regain her composure and take the silver.
 These are the results of the Women's 1500 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens, Greece. The event was held on 2, 3 and 5 August.
 
  1500m 5 August

Event report women 1500m final

Svetlana Masterkova’s bid to add the world title to her two Olympic gold medals ended with her being carried from the track and driven to hospital in an ambulance after the second semi-final of the women’s 1500m. Other notable athletes who failed to make the final were Patricia Djate-Taillard of France, who finished 10th in the semi 1 and Suzy Hamilton of USA who was sixth in semi two. Semi-final 1: The Russian Olga Nelyubova led the pack through the first 400m in 1:03.86, with Djate and Carla Sacramento of Portugal in close attendance. At 800m (2:12.63), Anita Weyermann of Switzerland was on the Russian’s shoulder. At the bell (3:02.88), with the pace quickening, Nelyubova was still leading but at 1200m Sacramento took five athletes clear of the rest of the field - it was these five who became the automatic qualifiers. Nelyubova was first across the line in 4:04.67, followed by Sacramento, Regina Jacobs of USA, Sonia O’Sullivan of Ireland and Weyermann. Semi-final 2: Masterkova went out hard from the gun but after 100 metres Hamilton took over and led until the final 200m. The pace was not quick enough to guarantee more than the five automatic qualifiers, however, as Hamilton led them through 400m in 1:05.53, 800m in 2:14.18 and hit the bell at 3:03.83. Malin Ewerlof of Sweden attacked from 200m out and Masterkova found herself boxed in. She tried to fight her way clear but the effort of the sprint was too much for her injured leg and she ended up limping across the line. Hamilton was passed by a deluge of runners and, at first, thought she had held on for fifth until a reading of the finish showed she had just been beaten to the line by Robyn Meagher of Canada. Ewerlof crossed the line first in 4:06.75.
  Final
1 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.04.24
2 Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 4.04.63
3 Anita Weyermann SUI 8 Dec 77 4.04.70
4 Mayte Zúñiga ESP 28 Dec 64 4.04.80
5 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.06.18
6 Andrea Šuldesová CZE 11 Feb 75 4.06.33
7 Olga Nelyubova RUS 12 Jul 64 4.07.34
8 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 28 Nov 69 4.07.81
9 Kutre Dulecha ETH 22 Aug 78 4.08.15
10 Malin Ewerlöf SWE 2 Jun 72 4.08.68
11 Robyn Meagher CAN 17 Jun 67 4.10.83
12 Małgorzata Rydz POL 18 Jan 67 4.13.25
 
  Semifinals 3 August
  Heat 1
1 Olga Nelyubova RUS 12 Jul 64 4.04.67
2 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.04.69
3 Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 4.04.97
4 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 28 Nov 69 4.05.31
5 Anita Weyermann SUI 8 Dec 77 4.05.71
6 Mayte Zúñiga ESP 28 Dec 64 4.06.66
7 Małgorzata Rydz POL 18 Jan 67 4.06.86
8 Kathy Butler CAN 22 Oct 73 4.07.68
9 Natalya Ivanova UKR 4.10.39
10 Patricia Djate-Taillard FRA 4.10.85
11 Joanne Pavey GBR 4.11.22
12 Carmen Wustenhagen GER 4.15.08
  Heat 2
1 Malin Ewerlöf SWE 2 Jun 72 4.06.75
2 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.06.76
3 Kutre Dulecha ETH 22 Aug 78 4.06.90
4 Andrea Šuldesová CZE 11 Feb 75 4.07.02
5 Robyn Meagher CAN 17 Jun 67 4.07.06
6 Suzy Favor Hamilton USA 8 Aug 68 4.07.19
7 Sinéad Evans IRL 12 Feb 71 4.07.46
8 Theresia Kiesl AUT 26 Oct 63 4.07.89
9 Margaret Crowley AUS 4.10.37
10 Margarita Marusova RUS 4.14.98
11 Frederique Quentin FRA 4.16.15
12 Svetlana Masterkova RUS 4.22.74

Event report women 1500m heats

The biggest upset so far for a favorite occurred this morning in the first round of the 1500 meters. The 1997 World Leader, British Kelly Holmes pulled out of the race with 150 meters to go, on the 1st heat. Holmes suffered an injury in her left Achilles tendon, that will probably make her miss her other event, the 800 meters. The Olympic Champion, Russian Svetlana Masterkova also had some problems. Masterkova, who finished 4th in the 3rd heat, is suffering muscular problems in her left calf, and also in her right Achilles tendon. Masterkova hopes to be able to run the semifinals, which will be on Sunday evening. Irish Sonia O’Sullivan won the 1st heat in 4:08.90. Kutre Dulecha (Ethiopia) the 2nd, in the fastest time of this morning, 4:07.70, with American Regina Jacobs behind her in 4:07.90. The 3rd heat was won by American Suzy Hamilton in 4:10.12, with Portugal’s Carla Sacramento 2nd with 4:10.12. Masterkova’s time was 4:10.22.
  Heats 2 August
  Heat 1
1 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL 28 Nov 69 4.08.90
2 Olga Nelyubova RUS 12 Jul 64 4.09.02
3 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.09.25
4 Malin Ewerlöf SWE 2 Jun 72 4.09.28
5 Carmen Rüdiger GER 15 Aug 73 4.09.34
6 Frederique Quentin FRA 4.11.10
7 Karolina Skourti GRE 4.11.88
8 Nouria Merah-Benida ALG 4.12.21
9 Sarah Thorsett USA 4.17.07
10 Samira Raif MAR 4.19.54
- Kelly Holmes GBR DNF
  Heat 2
1 Kutre Dulecha ETH 22 Aug 78 4.07.70
2 Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 4.07.90
3 Mayte Zúñiga ESP 28 Dec 64 4.08.09
4 Theresia Kiesl AUT 26 Oct 63 4.08.13
5 Jo Pavey GBR 20 Sep 73 4.08.23
6 Anita Weyermann SUI 8 Dec 77 4.08.30
7 Margarita Marusova RUS 25 Nov 67 4.08.45
8 Kathy Butler CAN 22 Oct 73 4.08.87
9 Andrea Šuldesová CZE 11 Feb 75 4.09.49
10 Tatyana Belovol UKR 4.12.17
11 Helena Javornik SLO 4.16.21
- Natalia Al Farran LIB DNS
  Heat 3
1 Suzy Hamilton USA 4.10.12
2 Carla Sacramento POR 4.10.13
3 Malgorzata Rydz POL 4.10.17
4 Svetlana Masterkova RUS 4.10.22
5 Margaret Crowley AUS 4.10.23
6 Patricia Djate-Taillard FRA 4.10.37
7 Robyn Meagher CAN 4.10.44
8 Sinead Delahunty IRL 4.10.45
9 Natalya Ivanova UKR 4.10.79
10 Sylvia Kuhnemund GER 4.11.21
11 Monika Ronnholm-Kinnunen FIN 4.11.71
12 Shura Hotesa ETH 4.21.27

Heat 1 02 AUG 1997 09:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Nouria Mérah-Benida ALG ALG 4:07.69 4:07.69
2 Leah Pells CAN CAN 4:03.56 4:08.23
3 Frédérique Quentin FRA FRA 4:08.50 4:08.50
4 Kelly Holmes GBR GBR 3:58.07 3:58.07
5 Carmen Rüdiger GER GER 4:09.50 4:09.50
6 Karolína Skoúrti GRE GRE    
7 Sonia O'Sullivan IRL IRL 3:58.85 4:05.43
8 Samira Raif MAR MAR    
9 Sarah Thorsett USA USA 4:07.28 4:09.51
10 Malin Ewerlöf SWE SWE 4:05.49 4:05.49
11 Olga Nelyubova RUS RUS 4:05.89  

Heat 2 02 AUG 1997 09:09

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Kathy Butler CAN CAN 4:08.16 4:08.16
2 Joanne Pavey GBR GBR 4:07.28 4:07.28
3 Helena Javornik SLO SLO    
4 Natalia Al Farran LBN LBN    
5 Margarita Marusova RUS RUS 4:03.01 4:06.65
6 Theresia Kiesl AUT AUT 4:03.02 4:07.68
7 Andrea Šuldesová CZE CZE    
8 Anita Weyermann SUI SUI 4:03.45  
9 Maite Zúñiga ESP ESP 4:00.59 4:11.56i
10 Kutre Dulecha ETH ETH 4:05.67 4:05.67
11 Regina Jacobs USA USA 4:00.46 4:03.42
12 Tetyana Bilovol UKR UKR    

Heat 3 02 AUG 1997 09:18

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Shura Hotesa ETH ETH 4:09.49  
2 Robyn Meagher CAN CAN 4:06.0  
3 Monika Kinnunen FIN FIN 4:12.64 4:12.64
4 Sylvia Kühnemund-Thier GER GER 4:06.56i 4:06.56i
5 Margaret Crowley AUS AUS 4:01.34 4:08.40
6 Sinead Evans IRL IRL 4:08.75 4:12.34
7 Malgorzata Rydz POL POL 4:01.91 4:17.16
8 Carla Sacramento POR POR 4:02.64 4:06.33i
9 Svetlana Masterkova RUS RUS 3:56.77 4:03.51
10 Patricia Djaté-Taillard FRA FRA 4:02.26 4:06.16i
11 Natalya Ivanova UKR UKR    
12 Suzy Favor Hamilton USA USA 4:03.50 4:03.50

 

 

 

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