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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Women'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
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 15; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF 1984_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Puică, winner of the 3000m, was the athlete to beat. With four to qualify in each heat and the four fastest losers it made sense to make the heats fast. After a slow race won by Benning (4:10.48), Dorio showed her paces in the second heat, running 4:04.51, leading from gun to tape. Boxer led the final through two slow laps, and Dorio pounced with 600m to go, taking 800m winner Melinte with her. Puică was slow to react, and was initially left at the back of the field. Melinte passed Dorio with 250m to go, but the Italian waited till the home straight and her attack was enough to take the gold by 4m from Melinte, with Puică gaining 5m on the leaders in the last 50 to finish third.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The GDR and USSR historically had dominated women's middle distance running but they were not present in 1984, because of the Soviet-led boycott. However, in 1983, Mary Decker (USA) had won the 1,500 and 3,000 double at the World Championships, narrowly Soviet runners in both races. But Decker was not running as well in 1984, and chose to concentrate on the 3,000 at the Olympics, though that would turn out be ill-fated. The favorites role fell to Romania's Maricica Puică, with her teammate Doina Melinte, expected to challenge her, and earlier in Los Angeles she had won the 800. The first two laps were led by Britain's Christina Boxer, but with 600 metres left, Italy's Gabriella Dorio took the lead, pulling Melinte with her. Melinte took the lead on the final backstretch, but Dorio passed her on the homestretch to win the gold.
 
 
Results
1500 m Women Final 11 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.03.25 Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57
2 4.03.76 Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56
3 4.04.15 Maricica Puica Romania ROU 29 Jul 50
4 4.04.41 Roswitha Gerdes West Germany FRG 28 Jun 61
5 4.04.70 Christine Benning Great Britain GBR 30 Mar 55
6 4.05.53 Christina Cahill Great Britain GBR 25 Mar 57
7 4.05.98 Brit McRoberts Canada CAN 10 Feb 57
8 4.08.92 Ruth Wysocki United States USA 8 Mar 57
9 4.09.11 Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51
10 4.10.41 Debbie Bowker Canada CAN 16 Dec 58
11 4.10.58 Lynne MacIntyre Great Britain GBR 18 Feb 65
12 4.11.58 Elly van Hulst Netherlands NED 9 Jun 59
1500 m Women Heat 1 9 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.10.48 Christine Benning Great Britain GBR 30 Mar 55
2 4.10.48 Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56
3 4.10.58 Fita Lovin Romania ROU 14 Jan 51
4 4.10.64 Roswitha Gerdes West Germany FRG 28 Jun 61
5 4.10.64 Brit McRoberts Canada CAN 10 Feb 57
6 4.10.69 Elly van Hulst Netherlands NED 9 Jun 59
7 4.11.86 Missy Kane United States USA 21 Jun 55
8 4.13.85 Diana Richburg United States USA 2 Jul 63
9 4.19.39 Helen Ritter Liechtenstein LIE 2 Aug 57
10 4.21.97 Justina Chepchirchir Kenya KEN 28 Oct 68
11 4.32.44 Laverne Bryan Antigua and Barbuda ANT 17 May 65
12 4.38.00 Krisia García El Salvador ESA 20 Sep 63
1500 m Women Heat 2 9 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.04.51 Gabriella Dorio Italy ITA 26 Jun 57
2 4.05.30 Maricica Puica Romania ROU 29 Jul 50
3 4.06.65 Ruth Wysocki United States USA 8 Mar 57
4 4.07.40 Christina Cahill Great Britain GBR 25 Mar 57
5 4.09.08 Lynne MacIntyre Great Britain GBR 18 Feb 65
6 4.09.16 Debbie Bowker Canada CAN 16 Dec 58
7 4.16.48 Jill McCabe Sweden SWE 5 Sep 62
8 4.22.03 Alejandra Ramos Chile CHI 8 Dec 58
9 4.28.02 Liliana Gongora Argentina ARG 24 Nov 65
10 4.31.56 Marcianne Mukamurenzi Rwanda RWA 11 Nov 59
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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