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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Women's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1992 Format: Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
(Competitors: 43; Countries: 31; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Boulmerka won the first semi-final in 4:03.81, and her predecessor as World Champion, Dorovskikh, won the second heat in 4:03.79, with Angela Chalmers (CAN) the fastest non-qualifier with 4:04.87. Rogachova set the pace in the final, passing through 400m in a swift 60.7, and continued leading until 1300m, at which point Boulmerka zipped past. The Algerian led by 3m into the finishing straight and won by 10m, as Rogachova slowed up in the last few metres, and was almost caught by Qu, who had fought Dorovskikh off with 25m to go.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Algeria’s Hassiba Boulmerka had won the 1991 World Championships at this distance, but becoming a world-class runner had not been an easy task for her. A Muslim from Algeria, she was singled out by Islamic fundamentalists who considered it shameful for her to run with her “legs naked.” There were rumors of a possible assassination attempt in Barcelona if she ran. Supported by her parents she moved to Germany early in 1992 where she continued her training. The final was led out by Russian Lyudmila Rogachova with Boulmerka on her shoulder at 800 metres. They maintained those positions for the third lap, before Boulmerka pulled ahead just before the final turn. She held the lead to the finish for the gold medal, with Rogachova second. China’s Qu Yunxia placed third. In 1993 she would break the vaunted world record that had been set by Tatyana Kazankina in 1993. Trained by the Chinese martinet Ma Junren, who pushed his runners mercilessly at a high-altitude training camp, Qu and several other Chinese runners set startling world records at the 1993 Chinese National Championships. The marks were considered by many to be “too good.” It was known that Ma fed his runners an unusual diet of turtle soup extract, and an elixir containing products from caterpillars. But it was also rumored that he fed them other performance-enhancing agents as well. Most of those runners quickly disappeared from the world scene once drug testing came to China.
 

Records

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

World Record 3:52.47 Soviet Union Tatyana Kazankina Zürich (SUI) August 13, 1980
Olympic Record 3:53.96 Romania Paula Ivan Seoul (KOR) September 26, 1988
 
Results
1500 m Women Final 8 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.55.30 Hassiba Boulmerka Algeria ALG 10 Jul 68 AR
2 3.56.91 Lyudmila Rogachova Russia RUS 30 Oct 66
3 3.57.08 Qu Yunxia China CHN 4 Oct 72
4 3.57.92 Tatyana Dorovskikh Ukraine UKR 12 Aug 61
5 4.00.20 Liu Li China CHN 12 Mar 71
6 4.00.59 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
7 4.01.91 Małgorzata Rydz Poland POL 18 Jan 67
8 4.02.03 Yekaterina Podkopayeva Russia RUS 11 Jun 52
9 4.02.60 Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72 NR
10 4.03.42 PattiSue Plumer United States USA 27 Apr 62
11 4.06.44 Elena Fidatov Romania ROU 24 Jul 60
DNF Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56
1500 m Women Semifinal 1 6 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.03.81 Hassiba Boulmerka Algeria ALG 10 Jul 68
2 4.03.85 Lyudmila Rogachova Russia RUS 30 Oct 66
3 4.04.20 Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72 NR
4 4.04.35 Liu Li China CHN 12 Mar 71
5 4.04.55 Elena Fidatov Romania ROU 24 Jul 60
6 4.04.87 Angela Chalmers Canada CAN 6 Sep 63
7 4.05.46 Violeta Szekely Romania ROU 26 Mar 65
8 4.09.64 Letitia Vriesde Suriname SUR 5 Oct 64
9 4.11.36 Kirsty McDermott Great Britain GBR 6 Aug 62
10 4.14.30 Maria Akraka Sweden SWE 7 Jul 66
11 4.15.53 Anna Brzezińska Poland POL 9 Jan 71
12 4.21.55 Regina Jacobs United States USA 28 Aug 63
13 4.26.61 Marie-Pierre Duros France FRA 7 Jun 67
1500 m Women Semifinal 2 6 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.03.79 Tatyana Dorovskikh Ukraine UKR 12 Aug 61
2 4.03.83 Małgorzata Rydz Poland POL 18 Jan 67
3 4.03.86 Qu Yunxia China CHN 4 Oct 72
4 4.03.93 Yekaterina Podkopayeva Russia RUS 11 Jun 52
5 4.04.00 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
6 4.04.23 PattiSue Plumer United States USA 27 Apr 62
7 4.04.42 Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56
8 4.04.80 Paula Schnurr Canada CAN 15 Jan 64
9 4.05.54 Carla Sacramento Portugal POR 10 Dec 71
10 4.06.05 Fabia Trabaldo Italy ITA 5 Mar 72
11 4.06.24 Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 28 Nov 69
12 4.07.46 Theresia Kiesl Austria AUT 26 Oct 63
13 4.12.50 Debbie Bowker Canada CAN 16 Dec 58
1500 m Women Heat 1 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.09.91 Hassiba Boulmerka Algeria ALG 10 Jul 68
2 4.09.94 Tatyana Dorovskikh Ukraine UKR 12 Aug 61
3 4.09.99 Paula Schnurr Canada CAN 15 Jan 64
4 4.10.00 Elena Fidatov Romania ROU 24 Jul 60
5 4.10.01 Carla Sacramento Portugal POR 10 Dec 71
6 4.10.08 Liu Li China CHN 12 Mar 71
7 4.10.14 Marie-Pierre Duros France FRA 7 Jun 67
8 4.15.16 Maxine Newman Great Britain GBR 15 Dec 70
9 4.15.64 Simone Meier Switzerland SUI 15 Nov 65
10 4.17.73 Susan Sirma Kenya KEN 26 May 66
11 4.22.36 Suzy Favor Hamilton United States USA 8 Aug 68
12 4.24.87 Laurence Niyonsaba Rwanda RWA 14 Jun 73
13 4.33.41 Bigna Samuel Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN 11 Sep 65
14 4.39.96 Angelina Pitso Lesotho LES 25 May 75 NJR
15 5.10.52 Rosemary Turare Papua New Guinea PNG 6 Jun 64
1500 m Women Heat 2 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.07.82 Mayte Zúñiga Spain ESP 28 Dec 64
2 4.08.58 Doina Melinte Romania ROU 27 Dec 56
3 4.09.47 Małgorzata Rydz Poland POL 18 Jan 67
4 4.09.54 Lyudmila Rogachova Russia RUS 30 Oct 66
5 4.10.63 Letitia Vriesde Suriname SUR 5 Oct 64
6 4.11.27 Debbie Bowker Canada CAN 16 Dec 58
7 4.13.87 Regina Jacobs United States USA 28 Aug 63
8 4.26.22 Dhammika Menike Sri Lanka SRI 3 Feb 70
9 4.33.41 Carol Walsh Malta MLT 24 Oct 62
10 5.06.31 Rosalie Gangue Chad CHA 31 May 75
DNF Fabia Trabaldo Italy ITA 5 Mar 72
DNF Ellen Kießling Germany GER 17 Feb 68
DNF Maria Akraka Sweden SWE 7 Jul 66
DQ Ann Griffiths Great Britain GBR 20 Aug 65
1500 m Women Heat 3 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.07.40 Qu Yunxia China CHN 4 Oct 72
2 4.07.55 Yekaterina Podkopayeva Russia RUS 11 Jun 52
3 4.07.59 Maria Mutola Mozambique MOZ 27 Oct 72
4 4.07.60 Violeta Szekely Romania ROU 26 Mar 65
5 4.07.70 Sonia O'Sullivan Ireland IRL 28 Nov 69
6 4.07.75 Angela Chalmers Canada CAN 6 Sep 63
7 4.07.81 Theresia Kiesl Austria AUT 26 Oct 63
8 4.08.30 Kirsty McDermott Great Britain GBR 6 Aug 62
9 4.08.35 Anna Brzezińska Poland POL 9 Jan 71
10 4.09.47 PattiSue Plumer United States USA 27 Apr 62
11 4.18.09 Gete Urge Ethiopia ETH 30 Aug 70
12 4.18.81 Khin Khin Htwe Myanmar MYA 29 Nov 67
13 4.33.57 Brigitte Nganaye Central African Republic CAF 28 Oct 73
14 4.33.66 Ana Isabel Elias Angola ANG 17 Sep 65
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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