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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1992 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
(Competitors: 51; Countries: 40; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Twenty men ran quicker than 3:40 in the first round as only one heat saw a race slower than that level. Kibet was the fastest heat winner – 3:36.32, while Chesire won the slow race – 3:44.06. Morceli, the big favourite, won the first semi in 3:39.22 with a 53.0 last lap, while Suleiman won the other heat in a startling 3:34.77 – the fastest preliminary race ever – ahead of Cacho, 3:34.91. Again, no-one wanted to set the pace in the final, so Chesire found himself in the lead, and took the field though three laps, passing the bell in 2:49.7. Cacho was third, and Morceli, not fully recovered from an early season injury, buried in the pack. He didn’t react when Cacho made his move. With 250m to go a gap opened on the inside and Cacho darted through it and was never headed. Leading Chesire by a metre off the final bend he eventually won by 4m despite looking round six times. His last lap was a scintillating 50.3
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The heavy favorite was 1992 world champion Noureddine Morceli but he ran a strangely passive race and finished only 7th. The final started slowly, with nobody wanting to take the lead. The bell was passed in 2:49.7, with Kenya's Joseph Chesire leading, after 800 had been passed in a pedestrian 2:06.83. Morceli was trapped in the pack and never challenged. Spain's Fermín Cacho saw a small gap on the inside and took the lead 250 metres from the finish. He pulled away and won over Rachid El-Basir quite easily, looking around frequently on the final stretch. Mohamed Sulaiman's medal was the first ever for Qatar in the Olympics.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:29.46 Morocco Saïd Aouita West Berlin (FRG) August 23, 1985
Olympic Record 3:32.53 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Los Angeles (USA) August 11, 1984
 
Results

These are the official results of the men's 1500 metres event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total number of 51 participating athletes, with four qualifying heats.

Most of the eyes were on reigning world champion Noureddine Morceli, who hovered in the middle of the pack, while Joseph Chesire led most of the race, marked by Jens-Peter Herold through a slow race of 62.25 and 64.58 for the first two laps, setting up a fast finish. A step behind the leaders, as the pace quickened going into the final lap, home team favorite Fermín Cacho who had been strategically watching the field, pushed the final backstretch to move up on Chesire. Passing on the inside with just over 200 to go, Cacho accelerated and was surprised Chesire was not able to mount a challenge. Charging out into a big lead around the turn, Cacho kept looking back for the next challenger, but there was none, Cacho and the Spanish fans celebrated. Even with his celebrating and looking back, Cacho's last lap was about 50.5. Mohamed Suleiman edged past a fading Chesire and a final sprint around the outside from eight place netted Rachid El Basir the silver.

1500 m Men Final 8 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.40.12 Fermín Cacho Spain ESP 16 Feb 69
2 3.40.62 Rachid El Basir Morocco MAR 4 Oct 68
3 3.40.69 Mohamed Ahmed Suleiman Qatar QAT 23 Nov 69
4 3.41.12 Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57
5 3.41.27 Jonah Birir Kenya KEN 27 Dec 71
6 3.41.53 Jens-Peter Herold Germany GER 2 Jun 65
7 3.41.70 Noureddine Morceli Algeria ALG 28 Feb 70
8 3.41.74 Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60
9 3.42.55 Graham Hood Canada CAN 2 Apr 72
10 3.42.62 David Kibet Kenya KEN 24 Nov 63
11 3.43.51 Manuel Pancorbo Spain ESP 7 Jul 66
12 3.44.66 Azat Rakipau Belarus BLR 29 Nov 68
1500 m Men Semifinal 1 6 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.39.22 Noureddine Morceli Algeria ALG 28 Feb 70
2 3.39.26 Rachid El Basir Morocco MAR 4 Oct 68
3 3.39.43 Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57
4 3.39.52 Manuel Pancorbo Spain ESP 7 Jul 66
5 3.39.55 Jens-Peter Herold Germany GER 2 Jun 65
6 3.39.56 Gennaro Di Napoli Italy ITA 5 Mar 68
7 3.39.71 Branko Zorko Croatia CRO 1 Jul 67
8 3.40.23 Rüdiger Stenzel Germany GER 16 Apr 68
9 3.40.49 Steve Holman United States USA 2 Mar 70
10 3.40.80 Kevin McKay Great Britain GBR 9 Feb 69
11 3.41.98 Zeki Öztürk Turkey TUR 22 Dec 65
12 3.42.53 Edgar Martins de Oliveira Brazil BRA 11 Nov 67
13 4.13.52 Baba Njie Gambia GAM 70
1500 m Men Semifinal 2 6 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.34.77 Mohamed Ahmed Suleiman Qatar QAT 23 Nov 69
2 3.34.93 Fermín Cacho Spain ESP 16 Feb 69
3 3.35.41 Jonah Birir Kenya KEN 27 Dec 71
4 3.35.55 Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60
5 3.35.82 David Kibet Kenya KEN 24 Nov 63
6 3.36.12 Graham Hood Canada CAN 2 Apr 72
7 3.36.16 Azat Rakipau Belarus BLR 29 Nov 68 NR
8 3.37.16 Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61
9 3.38.09 Philemon Hanneck Zimbabwe ZIM 21 May 71
10 3.38.09 Mário Silva Portugal POR 23 Jul 61
11 3.38.45 Hauke Fuhlbrügge Germany GER 21 Mar 66
12 3.40.53 Matthew Yates Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 69
1500 m Men Heat 1 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.04 Fermín Cacho Spain ESP 16 Feb 69
2 3.37.65 Philemon Hanneck Zimbabwe ZIM 21 May 71
3 3.38.01 Jim Spivey United States USA 7 Mar 60
4 3.38.01 Rachid El Basir Morocco MAR 4 Oct 68
5 3.38.29 Jonah Birir Kenya KEN 27 Dec 71
6 3.38.64 Azat Rakipau Belarus BLR 29 Nov 68
7 3.38.68 Edgar Martins de Oliveira Brazil BRA 11 Nov 67
8 3.40.73 Kim Bong-Joo South Korea KOR 16 Jun 67
9 3.41.00 Steve Crabb Great Britain GBR 30 Nov 63
10 3.48.08 Mohamed Ahmed Amer United Arab Emirates UAE 23 Apr 67
11 3.55.72 Zacharia Maidjida Central African Republic CAF 5 Jun 69
12 4.04.82 Khambieng Khamiar Laos LAO 23 Nov 67 NR
13 4.13.88 Ancel Nalau Vanuatu VAN 7 Sep 68
1500 m Men Heat 2 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.98 Noureddine Morceli Algeria ALG 28 Feb 70
2 3.38.38 Steve Holman United States USA 2 Mar 70
3 3.38.57 Mário Silva Portugal POR 23 Jul 61
4 3.38.68 Zeki Öztürk Turkey TUR 22 Dec 65
5 3.38.73 Matthew Yates Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 69
6 3.38.92 Hauke Fuhlbrügge Germany GER 21 Mar 66
7 3.39.54 João N'Tyamba Angola ANG 20 Mar 68 NR
8 3.41.54 Mitiku Megersa Ethiopia ETH 28 Feb 73
9 3.44.96 Nadir Khan Pakistan PAK 10 Jun 66
10 3.45.27 Markus Hacksteiner Switzerland SUI 18 Nov 64
11 3.51.89 Awad Saleh Nasser Yemen YEM 26 Sep 75
12 3.56.45 Tamimou Idrissou Benin BEN 61
13 3.58.75 Alphonse Munyeshyaka Rwanda RWA 3 Nov 74
1500 m Men Heat 3 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.44.06 Joseph Chesire Kenya KEN 12 Nov 57
2 3.44.44 Graham Hood Canada CAN 2 Apr 72
3 3.44.47 Branko Zorko Croatia CRO 1 Jul 67
4 3.44.55 Gennaro Di Napoli Italy ITA 5 Mar 68
5 3.44.70 Rüdiger Stenzel Germany GER 16 Apr 68
6 3.44.80 Terrance Herrington United States USA 31 Jul 66
7 3.46.75 José Luís González Spain ESP 8 Dec 57
8 3.48.33 Bobby Gaseitsiwe Botswana BOT 14 Nov 66
9 3.51.96 Mohamed Sy Savane Guinea GUI 30 Sep 68 NR
10 4.02.99 Reuben Appleton Antigua and Barbuda ANT 25 Apr 68
11 4.17.40 Bassam Kawas Lebanon LIB 4 May 69
DNF Ian Gray Belize BIZ 16 Dec 63
1500 m Men Heat 4 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.36.32 David Kibet Kenya KEN 24 Nov 63
2 3.36.72 Mohamed Ahmed Suleiman Qatar QAT 23 Nov 69
3 3.36.76 Jens-Peter Herold Germany GER 2 Jun 65
4 3.37.07 Marcus O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 22 Dec 61
5 3.37.39 Kevin McKay Great Britain GBR 9 Feb 69
6 3.37.62 Manuel Pancorbo Spain ESP 7 Jul 66
7 3.44.13 Egueh Houssein Djama Djibouti DJI 23 Jul 68
8 3.46.33 Sipho Dlamini Swaziland SWZ 30 Nov 72
9 3.47.79 Hailu Zewode Ethiopia ETH 13 Sep 74
10 3.53.71 Kaleka Mutoke DR Congo COD 7 Jul 65
11 4.25.78 Bernardo Elonga Equatorial Guinea GEQ 22 Feb 61
DNF Robin van Helden Netherlands NED 6 Feb 65
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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