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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 25, 2000 Format: Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 29, 2000  
(Competitors: 41; Countries: 27; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
Having fallen in Atlanta at the bell, El Guerrouj had lost just one race over 1500m/Mile in the intervening four years, and was expected to claim the gold medal he richly deserved. Ngeny (3:38.03) was the fastest heat winner, with reigning champion Morceli surprisingly returning from injury to record 3:38.41 behind the Kenyan. El Guerrouj won his heat in 3:38.57 and proceeded to win his semi-final in 3:37.60. Ngeny won the other race (3:39.29) with Morceli last after a collision. Youssef Baba (MAR) set the pace in the final to help his team-mate, but after running 54.14, he slowed to 1:54.77, allowing the Kenyans and Baala to stay in touch. El Guerrouj then took the third lap lead, running 56.8. The previous year in a dominating win at the World Championships the Moroccan had run 54.4 in the third lap. Ngeny stayed behind El Guerrouj until the finishing straight, when he attacked, finally getting clear with 25m to go. Ngeny last 100m was 12.8, as compared with 13.1 for El Guerrouj, and 12.9 for Lagat. Three days after his Olympic win, Ngeny’s wife gave birth to a daughter who was named Marian Sydney Ngeny.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Rivaling the loss by Aleksandr Karelin in heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestling, this was the biggest upset of the Sydney Olympics. Many people were calling Hicham El Guerrouj the greatest miler in history. Between the 1996 and 2000 Olympics he had lost only two races, and only one over the 1,500/mile distance. He was the world record holder at 1,500 metres, the mile, and at 2,000 metres, and he was the world champion at this distance in 1997 and 1999. Noah Ngeny was a top quality runner and well-known, but he was given little chance to defeat El Guerrouj. Ngeny and El Guerrouj won the semi-final heats. Unusual for an Olympic 1,500 final, the race was run at a quick pace, with Moroccan Youssef Baba leading thru 54.14 and 1:54.77. El Guerrouj took the lead on the third lap, run in 56.8, but Ngeny was on his shoulder. With 25 metres to go, Ngeny took the lead and won two metres over El G, Kenya’s Bernard Lagat getting up for the bronze medal.
 

Records

World Record 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic Record 3:32.53 Sebastian Coe Great Britain Los Angeles, California, United States 11 August 1984
 
        Results        

The 1500 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Monday 25 September, Wednesday 27 September, and Friday 29 September 2000.

The top six runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the semifinals. The next six fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. Those 24 runners competed in 2 heats in the semifinals, with the top five runners from each heat qualifying for the finals and the next two fastest runner from the semifinals also qualified.

World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj was the clear favorite coming into the race, but he had a reputation for setting records in races set up by a pacemaker. His countryman Youssef Baba provided the service, sacrificing his own ambition in the final, he took the pace out in 54.14, the two Moroccan teammates leading the two Kenyan challengers Noah Ngeny and Bernard Lagat, separating from the rest of the field. On the second lap the pace lagged to 60.63, letting the other runners back in. Baba disappeared quickly leaving El Guerrouj to burn off the Kenyans taking the third lap in 56.90. But the Kenyans remained close with Mehdi Baala a step behind. Through the final turn Ngeny executed a textbook kick, moving onto El Guerrouj's shoulder, sliding into the second lane and sprinting past him for the gold. Lagat moved into lane 3 with hopes of passing as well but ran out of real estate to take the bronze
1500 m Men     Final 29 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.32.07     Noah Ngeny Kenya KEN 2 Nov 78  
2 3.32.32     Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco MAR 14 Sep 74  
3 3.32.44     Bernard Lagat Kenya KEN 12 Dec 74  
4 3.34.14     Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
5 3.35.50     Kevin Sullivan Canada CAN 20 Mar 74  
6 3.36.78     Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia ETH 13 Mar 79  
7 3.37.27     Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain ESP 12 Jul 69  
8 3.38.91     Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
9 3.39.41     John Mayock Great Britain GBR 26 Oct 70  
10 3.39.84     Jason Pyrah United States USA 6 Apr 69  
11 3.45.46     Driss Maazouzi France FRA 20 Oct 69  
12 3.56.08     Youssef Baba Morocco MAR 7 Aug 79  
1500 m Men     Semifinal 1 27 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.39.29   Q Noah Ngeny Kenya KEN 2 Nov 78  
2 3.39.66   Q Kevin Sullivan Canada CAN 20 Mar 74  
3 3.40.04   Q Jason Pyrah United States USA 6 Apr 69  
4 3.40.16   Q Youssef Baba Morocco MAR 7 Aug 79  
5 3.40.23   Q Driss Maazouzi France FRA 20 Oct 69  
6 3.40.32     Julius Achon Uganda UGA 12 Dec 76  
7 3.40.92     Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia ETH 4 Apr 80  
8 3.41.00     Hudson de Souza Brazil BRA 25 Feb 77  
9 3.42.30     Michael Stember United States USA 30 Jan 78  
10 3.42.72     Andrew Graffin Great Britain GBR 20 Dec 77  
11 3.45.46     José Antonio Redolat Spain ESP 17 Feb 76  
12 4.00.78     Noureddine Morceli Algeria ALG 28 Feb 70  
1500 m Men     Semifinal 2 27 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.37.60   Q Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco MAR 14 Sep 74  
2 3.37.84   Q Bernard Lagat Kenya KEN 12 Dec 74  
3 3.38.08   Q Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia ETH 13 Mar 79  
4 3.38.15   Q Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
5 3.38.37   Q Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
6 3.38.41   Q Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain ESP 12 Jul 69  
7 3.38.68   Q John Mayock Great Britain GBR 26 Oct 70  
8 3.39.42     Marko Koers Netherlands NED 3 Nov 72  
9 3.40.10     Gabe Jennings United States USA 25 Jan 79  
10 3.41.09     Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia ETH 16 Jul 82  
11 3.43.98     Kamel Boulahfane Algeria ALG 1 Jul 76  
12 3.50.60     Mohamed Yagoub Sudan SUD 2 Sep 77  
1500 m Men     Heat 1 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.38.57   Q Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco MAR 14 Sep 74  
2 3.38.66   Q José Antonio Redolat Spain ESP 17 Feb 76  
3 3.39.01   Q Kamel Boulahfane Algeria ALG 1 Jul 76  
4 3.39.08   Q John Mayock Great Britain GBR 26 Oct 70  
5 3.39.09   Q Hailu Mekonnen Ethiopia ETH 4 Apr 80  
6 3.39.13   Q Michael Stember United States USA 30 Jan 78  
7 3.39.40   Q Julius Achon Uganda UGA 12 Dec 76  
8 3.40.22     William Chirchir Kenya KEN 6 Feb 79  
9 3.40.50     James Nolan Ireland IRL 27 Jan 77  
10 3.43.57     Darko Radomirović Yugoslavia YUG 5 Aug 77  
11 3.45.46     Nick Howarth Australia AUS 24 Jun 76  
12 3.46.16     Branko Zorko Croatia CRO 1 Jul 67  
13 3.46.34     Francis Munthali Malawi MAW 25 Dec 72  
1500 m Men     Heat 2 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.40.35   Q Mehdi Baala France FRA 17 Aug 78  
2 3.40.42   Q Bernard Lagat Kenya KEN 12 Dec 74  
3 3.40.60   Q Juan Carlos Higuero Spain ESP 3 Aug 78  
4 3.40.80   Q Kevin Sullivan Canada CAN 20 Mar 74  
5 3.40.91   Q Daniel Zegeye Ethiopia ETH 13 Mar 79  
6 3.40.96   Q Gabe Jennings United States USA 25 Jan 79  
7 3.41.06     Adil Kaouch Morocco MAR 1 Jan 79  
8 3.41.16     Mohamed Khaldi Algeria ALG 3 May 75  
9 3.41.52     Vyacheslav Shabunin Russia RUS 27 Sep 69  
10 3.41.80     Ivan Heshko Ukraine UKR 19 Aug 79  
11 3.44.06     Alexis Sharangabo Rwanda RWA 9 Nov 78  
12 3.49.79     Chipako Chungu Zambia ZAM 29 Jul 71  
13 4.06.14     Jose Luis Ebatela Equatorial Guinea GEQ 29 Oct 72  
  DNF     Anthony Whiteman Great Britain GBR 13 Nov 71  
1500 m Men     Heat 3 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.38.03   Q Noah Ngeny Kenya KEN 2 Nov 78  
2 3.38.41   Q Noureddine Morceli Algeria ALG 28 Feb 70  
3 3.38.54   Q Andrés Manuel Díaz Spain ESP 12 Jul 69  
4 3.38.68   Q Youssef Baba Morocco MAR 7 Aug 79  
5 3.38.79   Q Berhanu Alemu Ethiopia ETH 16 Jul 82  
6 3.38.88   Q Driss Maazouzi France FRA 20 Oct 69  
7 3.38.94   Q Jason Pyrah United States USA 6 Apr 69  
8 3.39.16   Q Marko Koers Netherlands NED 3 Nov 72  
9 3.39.52   Q Mohamed Yagoub Sudan SUD 2 Sep 77  
10 3.39.70   Q Hudson de Souza Brazil BRA 25 Feb 77  
11 3.39.75   Q Andrew Graffin Great Britain GBR 20 Dec 77  
12 3.40.33     Ibrahim Aden Somalia SOM 11 Nov 72  
13 3.41.93     Rui Silva Portugal POR 3 Aug 77  
14 4.03.74     Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel Mauritania MTN 82 NJR
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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