2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 1500 metres
|Men's 1500 metres |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Dates||3 October (heats)|
4 October (semi-finals)
6 October (final)
|Competitors||43 from 24 nations|
In modern history, championship races are slow strategic affairs where fast athletes are unwilling to sacrifice their medals by running a fast pace. Fast races happen in more controlled environments with planned pace setters at major European meets.
Timothy Cheruiyot didn't get the memo. From the gun, Cheruiyot and his Kenyan teammate Ronald Kwemoi went out hard, breaking away by 2 metres in the first 200. The guys who usually drop to the back realized this was serious and started scrambling to the front. Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz Jr. and silver medalist Taoufik Makhloufi formed a chase group 5 metres back, Jakob Ingebrigtsen leading the peloton another 5 metres back. Over the next lap, the chasers fell back to the peloton, the breakaway now 10 metres. Cheruiyot kept up the pressure, over the next half lap, Kwemoi fell off his back. By the bell, Kwemoi was back to the peloton, again led by Makhloufi. The next on the front were Ingebrigtsen and Josh Kerr. It appeared a more mature 23 year old Cheruiyot had learned from his fast early pace at the 2015 World Relays where he fell apart on the last lap. Here, there was no sign of letting up. Down the backstretch, coming from 9th place, Marcin Lewandowski ran around the outside of the pack, hitting Makhloufi's shoulder by the beginning of the final turn. The other competitors were already fully extended and couldn't make any dramatic moves. Cheruiyot crossed the finish line 17 metres ahead of Makhloufi. Lewandowski was able to stay a metre behind Makhloufi, trying to nudge ahead in vain at the finish line. The others fell off the back with only Ingebrigtsen remaining two metres behind Lewandowski and Jake Wightman yet another metre back.
While 3:29.26 was "only" the 57th best performance ever, it was the third fastest Olympic or World Championship performance, only bettered by the 1999 championships when the number 2 miler ever, Noah Ngeny chased world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj to the championship record, and unlike that race, this was done off the front, solo.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World record||Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)||3:26.00||Rome, Italy||14 July 1998|
|Championship record||Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)||3:27.65||Sevilla, Spain||24 August 1999|
|World Leading||Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN)||3:28.77||Lausanne, Switzerland||5 July 2019|
|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 Santos de Souza (BRA)||3:33.25||Rieti, Italy||28 August 2005|
|European Record||Mo Farah (GBR)||3:28.81||Monaco||19 July 2013|
|Oceanian record||Nick Willis (NZL)||3:29.66||Monaco||17 July 2015|
The following records were set at the competition:
|Polish||3:31.46||Marcin Lewandowski||POL||6 Oct 2019|
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 3:36.00 or 3:53.10 for the mile.
The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:
The first six in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the semi-finals.
The first five in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.
The final was started on 6 October at 19:40.
|Timothy Cheruiyot||Kenya (KEN)||3:29.26|
|Taoufik Makhloufi||Algeria (ALG)||3:31.38||SB|
|Marcin Lewandowski||Poland (POL)||3:31.46||NR|
|4||Jakob Ingebrigtsen||Norway (NOR)||3:31.70|
|5||Jake Wightman||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||3:31.87||PB|
|6||Josh Kerr||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||3:32.52||PB|
|7||Ronald Kwemoi||Kenya (KEN)||3:32.72||SB|
|8||Matthew Centrowitz Jr.||United States (USA)||3:32.81||SB|
|9||Kalle Berglund||Sweden (SWE)||3:33.70||NR|
|10||Craig Engels||United States (USA)||3:34.24|
|11||Neil Gourley||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||3:37.30|
|12||Youssouf Hich Bachir||Djibouti (DJI)||3:37.96|
- Start list
- "100 Metres Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. 2 August 2019.
- "1500 Metres Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- Heats results
- Semi-finals results
- Final results