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2001 World Championships in Athletics Edmonton, Canada

2001 8th IAAF World Championships - Edmonton - Women's 1500m

 

 

Host City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Format: First round (First 6 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 4)
Dates: August 3–12, 2001 Format: Semi-finals (First 6 to final) (Aug 5)
Nations participating: 189
Athletes participating: 1677
    Main venue: Commonwealth Stadium
Overview by IAAF   EDMONTON STADIUM 
This event was dominated by the two Romanians, the two-time 5000m Champion Szabo and the 36 year-old Szekely, unbeaten outdoors at 1500m so far in 2001. It was common knowledge that the two were not the best of friends, with Szekely reportedly suing Szabo for $225,000 after calling her “ugly” in magazine and television interviews. In the final, Ayhan led for a lap (63.78) before Gorelova took up the pace and kept it quick (800m: 2:08.95, 1100m: 2:58.09, 1200m: 3:14.45). Szekely was in second place, tracked by Szabo and 1997 winner Sacramento. With 200m to go, Szabo overtook Szekely and waited behind Gorelova until the finishing straight, when she kicked again to win by a clear margin. Szekely came through for the silver, but was never in the hunt for gold. After the finish, Szabo took Szekely’s hand and the two jogged a victory lap together. “I congratulate Gabriela on her win,” said Szekely, “but that is not to say that I forgive her for all that has happened between us.”
 These are the official results of the Women's 1500 metres event at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
 
  1500m 7 August
Women's 1500m FINAL-1 500 m f. finale
Gabriella SZABO released another blistering kick to beat fellow Romanian and Olympic silver medallist Violeta SZEKELY and Natalya GORELOVA (RUS) in the final of the women's 150Om final. SZABO ran a season's best of 4:00.57, while SZEKELY ran 4:01.70 and GORELEVA 4:02.40.
SZABO positioned herself between fifth and third throughout the race, following early leader Sureyya AYHAN (TUR) who faded to eigth at the finish. AYHAN surrendered her lead at the 400m mark, passed in 63.78, to GORELEVA, who strung out the field, as she has done in so many races this year.
Following GORELEVA were SZEKELY, SZABO and former world champion Carla SACRAMENTO (POR) who eventually finished fourth in 4:03.96. Lidia CHOJECKA(POL) was on and off the lead pack throughout the race, but ended up too far back to threaten for a medal, finishing fifth in 4:06.70. This group passed 800m in 2:08.95.
SZABO moved up onto SZEKELY's shoulder with 450m remaining. GORELEVA still led at the 200m but 120m before the finish line, SZABO, the Olympic bronze medallist, flew past the Russian and her compatriot. SZEKELY responded but it was not enough and SZABO, previously world and Olympic 5000m champion, added another medal to her collection.
  Final
1 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 4.00.57
2 Violeta Szekely ROU 26 Mar 65 4.01.70
3 Natalya Gorelova RUS 18 Apr 73 4.02.40
4 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.03.96
5 Lidia Chojecka POL 25 Jan 77 4.06.70
6 Natalia Rodríguez ESP 2 Jun 79 4.07.10
7 Alesia Turava BLR 6 Dec 79 4.07.25
8 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 4.08.17
9 Yuliya Kosenkova RUS 28 Mar 73 4.08.84
10 Mardrea Hyman JAM 22 Dec 72 4.12.48
11 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.15.34
12 Nuria Fernández ESP 16 Aug 76 4.17.86
Women's 1500m semi-finals-1 500 m f. demi-finales
With times not mattering for qualification (the first six in each heat went through automatically) the women's 1500m semi-finals produced two relatively slow, but close and eventful races.
The world's fastest runner this year, Violeta SZEKELY of Romania won the first heat comfortably. Staying out of trouble and running at the front of the pack, she tailed Turkey's Sureyya AYHAN through the first two pedestrian laps (800m in 2:15.17. Britain's Helen PATTINSON took over briefly before Germany's Kathleen FREIDRICH came to the fore.
SZEKELY, the Olympic silver medallist, stayed close to her shoulder and it was these two plus former world champion Carla SACRAMENTO of Portugal who led at the bell (3:08.03). The Romanian made her move in the back straight, and SACRAMENTO followed. AYHAN also looked strong and chased SZEKELY home with SACRAMENTO in third. Belarussia's Alesya TUROVA was fourth and Spain's Nuria FERNANDEZ made a late charge past Russia's Yuliya KOSENKOVA. These six qualified. SZEKELY's winning time was 4:10.30.
FRIEDRICH and Bulgaria's Daniela YORDANOVA, holder of the fifth fastest time this year, collided on the final bend and fell, neither able to finish. Olgas NELYUBOVA of Russia was a non-starter.
There were also fallers in the second semi, won by Olympic 5000m champion Gabriela SZABO in 4:07.41. SZABO, wearing shades, had followed the leader, Russia's Natalya GORELOVA for much of the race, and it was these two who led the field home, followed by fellow-qualifiers Lidia CHOJECKA of Poland, Leah PELLS of Canada, Spain's fast-finishing Natalia RODRIGUEZ and Madrea HYMAN of Jamaica, who made up the qualifiers for Tuesday evening's final.
CHOJECKA's third place was impressive in that she had tumbled from the pack on the penultimate lap and seemed to be left for dead, some 20 metres behind. But the Pole picked herself up and sprinted hard to be in contention at the bell, where three-times US champion Suzy FAVOR-HAMILTON was a second faller, dropping out of the race. Olympic champion Nouria MERAH-BENIDA was a non-starter from this heat.
  Semifinals 5 August
  Heat 1
1 Violeta Szekely ROU 26 Mar 65 4.10.30 Q
2 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 4.10.36 Q
3 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.11.23 Q
4 Alesia Turava BLR 6 Dec 79 4.11.43 Q
5 Nuria Fernández ESP 16 Aug 76 4.11.44 Q
6 Yuliya Kosenkova RUS 28 Mar 73 4.11.46 Q
7 Sarah Schwald USA 2 Jan 73 4.11.74
8 Veerle Dejaeghere BEL 1 Aug 73 4.15.70
9 Helen Clitheroe GBR 2 Jan 74 4.16.39
Olga Nelyubova RUS 12 Jul 64 DNS
Kathleen Friedrich GER 13 Jul 77 DNF
Daniela Yordanova BUL 8 Mar 76 DNS
  Heat 2
1 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 4.07.40 Q
2 Natalya Gorelova RUS 18 Apr 73 4.07.47 Q
3 Lidia Chojecka POL 25 Jan 77 4.08.37 Q
4 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.08.49 Q
5 Natalia Rodríguez ESP 2 Jun 79 4.08.49 Q
6 Mardrea Hyman JAM 22 Dec 72 4.08.58 Q
7 Sabine Fischer SUI 29 Jun 73 4.09.66
8 Lan Lixin CHN 14 Feb 79 4.11.09
9 Hayley Tullett GBR 17 Feb 73 4.13.95
10 Abebech Negussie ETH 27 May 83 4.29.57
Nouriah Mérah-Benida ALG 19 Oct 70 DNS
Suzy Favor Hamilton USA 8 Aug 68 DNF
Women's 1500m First Round - 1 500 m f.
The fastest time in the first round of the women's 1500m, which closed the first full day of events in the Commnwealth Stadium, was recorded by Turkey's Sureyya AYHAN in the first heat. But the two Romanians - Gabriela SZABO and Violeta SZEKELY - who won heats two and three respectively, looked the most impressive of the qualifiers for tomorrow evening's semi-finals.
AYHAN ran from the front for the whole of the race, building up a huge lead on the first lap which wasn't closed until there was only 200m to go. The Turk had saved enough energy to stay ahead of the pack, though, and six athletes strode down the finishing straight for the automatic qualifying spots, including the head-scarfed former world champion Carla SACRAMENTO (POR), in second, and USA's Olympic finallist Suzy FAVOR-HAMILTON, in fourth.
The Olympic champion Nouria MERAH-BENIDA of Algeria could only squeeze through to the next round as the slowest of the fastest losers, finishing in 4:15.06.
LAN Lixin of China attempted to replicate AYHAN's tactics in heat two, and at one stage had a 10 metre advantage, but she was swallowed up on the final straight of the last lap as SZABO swept past her to lead the sprint finishers home in 4:10.77. USA's two-time world silver medallist Regina JACOBS faltered on the last lap and did not finish. LAN, who holds the world's eighth fastest time ever, was seventh and qualified only as a fastest loser, in 4:12.92.
SZEKELY, the fastest 1500m runner in the world this year, won the sprint home in heat three in comfortable style having followed the race's long-time leader Oga NELYUBOVA (RUS) until the final straight.
There were two national records, both in heat one, to Lamberte NYABAMIKAZI of Burundi (4:31.11) and Elisa VAGNINI of San Marino (4:40.01).
  Heats 4 August
  Heat 1
1 Süreyya Ayhan TUR 6 Sep 78 4.07.97 Q
2 Carla Sacramento POR 10 Dec 71 4.08.79 Q
3 Mardrea Hyman JAM 22 Dec 72 4.08.84 Q
4 Suzy Favor Hamilton USA 8 Aug 68 4.08.89 Q
5 Yuliya Kosenkova RUS 28 Mar 73 4.09.17 Q
6 Natalia Rodríguez ESP 2 Jun 79 4.09.86 Q
7 Veerle Dejaeghere BEL 1 Aug 73 4.13.07 q
8 Nouriah Mérah-Benida ALG 19 Oct 70 4.15.06 q
9 Irina Krakoviak LTU 16 Nov 77 4.16.24
10 Elena Antoci ROU 16 Jan 75 4.24.72
11 Lamberte Nyabamikazi BDI 30 Dec 86 4.31.11
12 Elisa Vagnini ITA 14 May 73 4.40.01
Iryna Lishchynska UKR 15 Jan 76 DNF
  Heat 2
1 Gabriela Szabo ROU 14 Nov 75 4.10.77 Q
2 Lidia Chojecka POL 25 Jan 77 4.10.82 Q
3 Leah Pells CAN 9 Nov 64 4.11.17 Q
4 Natalya Gorelova RUS 18 Apr 73 4.11.34 Q
5 Kathleen Friedrich GER 13 Jul 77 4.11.35 Q
6 Daniela Yordanova BUL 8 Mar 76 4.12.29 Q
7 Lan Lixin CHN 14 Feb 79 4.12.92
8 Abebech Negussie ETH 27 May 83 4.13.02
9 Helen Clitheroe GBR 2 Jan 74 4.13.06
10 Renè Kalmer RSA 3 Nov 80 4.17.97
11 Evelyn Guerra PAN 7 Aug 82 4.44.69
Rosa Albana Saul ANG 17 Sep 80 DNS
Regina Jacobs USA 28 Aug 63 DNF
  Heat 3
1 Violeta Szekely ROU 26 Mar 65 4.13.19 Q
2 Hayley Tullett GBR 17 Feb 73 4.13.60 Q
3 Olga Nelyubova RUS 12 Jul 64 4.13.61 Q
4 Sarah Schwald USA 2 Jan 73 4.13.69 Q
5 Alesia Turava BLR 6 Dec 79 4.13.72 Q
6 Nuria Fernández ESP 16 Aug 76 4.13.90 Q
7 Sabine Fischer SUI 29 Jun 73 4.14.34 q
8 Li Jingnan CHN 17 Feb 83 4.15.30
9 Georgie Clarke AUS 17 Jun 84 4.15.31
10 Heidi Jensen DEN 14 Aug 66 4.17.35
11 Hanane Baala FRA 8 Dec 75 4.29.47
12 Sonia Lopes CPV 6 Apr 75 5.13.80
13 Fatouma Ali NIG 20 Jan 81 5.31.57

Heat 1 04 AUG 2001 17:40

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 220 Natalia Rodríguez ESP ESP 4:04.24 4:06.32
2 820 Suzy Favor Hamilton USA USA 3:57.40 4:00.38
3 626 Carla Sacramento POR POR 3:57.71 4:01.26
4 740 Elisa Vagnini SMR SMR 4:21.75 4:24.38
5 786 Süreyya Ayhan TUR TUR 4:03.02 4:07.9
6 796 Iryna Lishchynska UKR UKR 4:05.38 4:05.38
7 682 Yuliya Kosenkova RUS RUS 4:04.28 4:05.07
8 6 Nouria Mérah-Benida ALG ALG 3:59.12 4:08.16
9 49 Lamberte Nyabamikazi BDI BDI 4:33.20 4:33.20
10 448 Mardrea Hyman JAM JAM 4:07.74 4:07.74
11 638 Elena Antoci ROU ROU 4:04.27 4:09.25
12 56 Veerle DeJaeghere BEL BEL 4:05.77 4:06.13
13 526 Irina Krakoviak LTU LTU 4:07.99 4:09.36

Heat 2 04 AUG 2001 17:55

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 328 Kathleen Friedrich GER GER 4:05.97 4:08.42i
2 596 Evelyn Guerra PAN PAN 4:42.5  
3 10 Rosa Saul ANG ANG 4:38.0 4:38.0
4 123 Leah Pells CAN CAN 4:03.56 4:09.8
5 672 Natalya Gorelova RUS RUS 3:59.70 3:59.70
6 660 René Kalmer RSA RSA 4:08.94 4:08.94
7 91 Daniela Yordanova BUL BUL 4:01.68 4:01.68
8 238 Abebech Negussie ETH ETH 4:06.01 4:06.01
9 827 Regina Jacobs USA USA 4:00.35 4:04.85
10 606 Lidia Chojecka POL POL 3:59.22 4:06.52
11 309 Helen Clitheroe GBR GBR 4:04.82 4:07.56
12 651 Gabriela Szabo ROU ROU 3:56.97 4:03.42i
13 135 Lixin Lan CHN CHN 3:53.97 4:14.64i

Heat 3 04 AUG 2001 18:04

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 21 Georgie Clarke AUS AUS 4:06.77 4:08.91
2 652 Violeta Beclea-Szekely ROU ROU 3:58.29 3:59.35
3 136 Jingnan Li CHN CHN 4:04.84 4:12.13
4 314 Hayley Parry-Tullett GBR GBR 4:01.23 4:03.54
5 754 Sabina Fischer SUI SUI 4:05.14 4:05.60
6 848 Sarah Schwald USA USA 4:05.98 4:05.98
7 212 Nuria Fernández ESP ESP 4:06.37 4:06.96
8 255 Hanane Baala FRA FRA 4:07.14 4:07.14
9 585 Fatouma Ali NIG NIG 5:01.77 5:01.77
10 166 Sonia Lopes CPV CPV 4:55.4 4:55.4
11 73 Alesia Turava BLR BLR 4:05.99 4:08.80
12 195 Heidi Jensen DEN DEN 4:08.32 4:09.80
13 691 Olga Nelyubova RUS RUS 4:01.42 4:03.24
 

 

 

 

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