2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 1500 metres

The Men's 1500 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on August 30 and September 1 & 3.

In the heats, Mehdi Baala, who has a history of this sort of incident, fell flat on his face as the final sprint began.[1] He was eventually advanced by the referees to the semi-finals, where he qualified for the final.

The first semi-final went out slowly and was a strategic race with a bunch finish. Defending champion Yusuf Saad Kamel finished 6th in that semi and failed to make the time qualifier. The second semi went out on a decidedly faster pace bringing the time qualifiers along with the automatic qualifiers. Previous silver medalist Deresse Mekonnen was left behind in the final kick. With Bernard Lagat opting to run the 5,000 metres, no returning medalists made the final, though all current Olympic medalists did make the final.

The final went out at 4 minute mile pace, with Nick Willis leading Matthew Centrowitz and the pack through a 60 second 400, slowing to almost 2:02 by 800. Shortly after that, the Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat moved to the front, chased by Mekonnen Gebremedhin and much of the pack swallowed the early leaders. Centrowitz stepped to the side and followed. As the pack tried to jockey for position, Kiprop refused to relinquish the lead along the rail, even as teammate Kiplagat took the lead on the outside during the backstretch. Kiprop and then Kiplagat continued that way to the finish. Abdalaati Iguider stayed a step behind Kiprop and was in third coming down the home stretch. As he faded, Centrowitz, who had come around the outside followed by Manuel Olmedo moved back up to finish third.

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
Asbel Kiprop
  Kenya (KEN)
Silas Kiplagat
  Kenya (KEN)
Matthew Centrowitz
  United States (USA)

RecordsEdit

World record   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Championship record   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:27.65 Seville, Spain 14 August 1999
World Leading   Silas Kiplagat (KEN) 3:30.47 Monaco 22 July 2011
African record   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Asian record   Rashid Ramzi (BHR) 3:29.14 Rome, Italy 14 July 2006
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:29.30 Rieti, Italy 28 August 2005
South American record   Hudson de Souza (BRA) 3:33.25 Rieti, Italy 28 August 2005
European record   Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:28.95 Zürich, Switzerland 13 August 1997
Oceanian record   Ryan Gregson (AUS) 3:31.06 Monaco 22 July 2010

Qualification standardsEdit

A time B time
3:35.00 3:38.00

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
August 30, 2011 11:20 Heats
September 1, 2011 19:55 Semifinals
September 3, 2011 20:15 Final

ResultsEdit

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

HeatsEdit

Qualification: First 6 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen   Kenya (KEN) 3:38.54 Q
2 1 Nick Willis   New Zealand (NZL) 3:39.24 Q
3 1 Yoann Kowal   France (FRA) 3:39.33 Q
4 1 Diego Ruiz   Spain (ESP) 3:39.33 Q
5 1 Mohamed Moustaoui   Morocco (MAR) 3:39.35 Q
6 1 Matthew Centrowitz   United States (USA) 3:39.46 Q
7 1 Chaminda Wijekoon   Sri Lanka (SRI) 3:39.61 q, NR
8 3 Amine Laâlou   Morocco (MAR) 3:39.86 Q
9 1 Ryan Gregson   Australia (AUS) 3:40.01 q
10 3 Deresse Mekonnen   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:40.08 Q
11 3 Silas Kiplagat   Kenya (KEN) 3:40.13 Q
12 3 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria (ALG) 3:40.15 Q
13 3 Yusuf Saad Kamel   Bahrain (BHR) 3:40.27 Q, SB
14 3 Ciaran O'Lionaird   Ireland (IRL) 3:40.41 Q
15 3 Juan Carlos Higuero   Spain (ESP) 3:40.71 q
16 3 Leonel Manzano   United States (USA) 3:40.77 q
17 3 Geoffrey Martinson   Canada (CAN) 3:40.98 q
18 1 Zebene Alemayehu   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:41.08 q
19 1 James Shane   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:41.17
20 2 Asbel Kiprop   Kenya (KEN) 3:41.22 Q
21 2 Mekonnen Gebremedhin   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:41.28 Q
22 3 Andreas Vojta   Austria (AUT) 3:41.34
23 2 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco (MAR) 3:41.41 Q
24 2 Manuel Olmedo   Spain (ESP) 3:41.78 Q
25 2 Tarek Boukensa   Algeria (ALG) 3:41.87 Q
26 2 Eduard Villanueva   Venezuela (VEN) 3:41.89 Q
27 3 Hamza Driouch   Qatar (QAT) 3:42.09
28 2 Jeffrey Riseley   Australia (AUS) 3:42.22
29 2 Andrew Wheating   United States (USA) 3:42.68
30 2 Dmitrijs Jurkevičs   Latvia (LAT) 3:42.69
31 2 Jeroen D'Hoedt   Belgium (BEL) 3:45.54
32 3 Nabil Mohammed Al-Garbi   Yemen (YEM) 3:50.17 PB
33 2 Charles Delys   French Polynesia (PYF) 3:51.36 SB
34 3 Florian Carvalho   France (FRA) 3:53.88
35 1 Sin Sang-min   South Korea (KOR) 3:55.02
36 2 Mehdi Baala   France (FRA) 4:13.10 q by Referees
37 2 Ribeiro Pinto De Carvalho   East Timor (TLS) 4:30.56 PB
1 Mohammed Shaween   Saudi Arabia (KSA) DNF

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification: First 5 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Asbel Kiprop   Kenya (KEN) 3:36.75 Q
2 2 Tarek Boukensa   Algeria (ALG) 3:36.84 Q
3 2 Mohamed Moustaoui   Morocco (MAR) 3:36.87 Q
4 2 Manuel Olmedo   Spain (ESP) 3:36.91 Q
5 2 Eduar Villanueva   Venezuela (VEN) 3:36.96 Q, NR
6 2 Ciaran O'Lionaird   Ireland (IRL) 3:36.96 q
7 2 Nick Willis   New Zealand (NZL) 3:37.39 q
8 2 Yoann Kowal   France (FRA) 3:37.44
9 2 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen   Kenya (KEN) 3:37.58
10 2 Juan Carlos Higuero   Spain (ESP) 3:37.92
11 2 Deresse Mekonnen   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:44.65
12 2 Chaminda Wijekoon   Sri Lanka (SRI) 3:44.81
13 1 Matthew Centrowitz   United States (USA) 3:46.66 Q
14 1 Mekonnen Gebremedhin   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:46.71 Q
15 1 Silas Kiplagat   Kenya (KEN) 3:46.75 Q
16 1 Mehdi Baala   France (FRA) 3:46.87 Q
17 1 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco (MAR) 3:46.89 Q
18 1 Yusuf Saad Kamel   Bahrain (BHR) 3:47.18
19 1 Amine Laâlou   Morocco (MAR) 3:47.65
20 1 Ryan Gregson   Australia (AUS) 3:47.89
21 2 Leonel Manzano   United States (USA) 3:47.98
22 1 Geoffrey Martinson   Canada (CAN) 3:48.83
23 1 Diego Ruiz   Spain (ESP) 3:49.26
24 1 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria (ALG) 3:50.86
25 1 Zebene Alemayehu   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:51.19

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Asbel Kiprop   Kenya (KEN) 3:35.69
  Silas Kiplagat   Kenya (KEN) 3:35.92
  Matthew Centrowitz   United States (USA) 3:36.08
4 Manuel Olmedo   Spain (ESP) 3:36.33
5 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco (MAR) 3:36.56
6 Mohamed Moustaoui   Morocco (MAR) 3:36.80
7 Mekonnen Gebremedhin   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:36.81
8 Eduar Villanueva   Venezuela (VEN) 3:37.31
9 Mehdi Baala   France (FRA) 3:37.46
10 Ciaran O'Lionaird   Ireland (IRL) 3:37.81
11 Tarek Boukensa   Algeria (ALG) 3:38.05
12 Nick Willis   New Zealand (NZL) 3:38.69

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