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2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 1500 metres

The men's 1500 metres at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha from 3 to 6 October 2019.[1]

Men's 1500 metres
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates3 October (heats)
4 October (semi-finals)
6 October (final)
Competitors43 from 24 nations
Winning time3:29.26
Medalists
gold medal    Kenya
silver medal    Algeria
bronze medal    Poland
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SummaryEdit

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,[2] and unlike that race, this was done off the front, solo.

RecordsEdit

Before the competition records were as follows:[3]

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:

Record Perf. Athlete Nat. Date
Polish 3:31.46 Marcin Lewandowski   POL 6 Oct 2019
Swedish 3:33.70 Kalle Berglund   SWE

Qualification standardEdit

The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 3:36.00 or 3:53.10 for the mile.[4]

ScheduleEdit

The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:[5]

Date Time Round
3 October 22:00 Heats
4 October 20:10 Semi-finals
6 October 19:40 Final

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The first six in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the semi-finals.[6]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Ayanleh Souleiman   Djibouti (DJI) 3:36.16 Q
2 3 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria (ALG) 3:36.18 Q
3 3 Kalle Berglund   Sweden (SWE) 3:36.19 Q
4 3 Neil Gourley   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:36.31 Q
5 3 Craig Engels   United States (USA) 3:36.35 Q
6 3 Ronald Musagala   Uganda (UGA) 3:36.54 Q
7 3 Ronald Kwemoi   Kenya (KEN) 3:36.66 q
8 3 Jesús Gómez   Spain (ESP) 3:36.72 q
9 2 Timothy Cheruiyot   Kenya (KEN) 3:36.82 Q
10 3 Stewart McSweyn   Australia (AUS) 3:36.88 q
11 2 Josh Kerr   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:36.99 Q
12 2 Ben Blankenship   United States (USA) 3:37.13 Q
13 2 Filip Ingebrigtsen   Norway (NOR) 3:37.26 Q
14 2 Abdelaati Iguider   Morocco (MAR) 3:37.44 Q
15 2 Kevin López   Spain (ESP) 3:37.62 Q
16 1 Jakob Ingebrigtsen   Norway (NOR) 3:37.67 Q
17 1 Alexis Miellet   France (FRA) 3:37.69 Q
18 1 Matthew Centrowitz Jr.   United States (USA) 3:37.69 Q
19 1 Jake Wightman   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:37.72 Q
20 1 Marcin Lewandowski   Poland (POL) 3:37.75 Q
21 1 Amos Bartelsmeyer   Germany (GER) 3:37.80 Q
22 1 Samuel Tefera   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:37.82 q
23 2 Isaac Kimeli   Belgium (BEL) 3:37.87 q
24 2 Youssouf Hich Bachir   Djibouti (DJI) 3:37.93 q
25 1 Adel Mechaal   Spain (ESP) 3:37.95
26 2 Kumari Taki   Kenya (KEN) 3:37.98
27 1 Filip Sasínek   Czech Republic (CZE) 3:38.17
28 1 George Manangoi   Kenya (KEN) 3:38.39
29 1 Ryan Gregson   Australia (AUS) 3:38.69
30 1 Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin   Djibouti (DJI) 3:38.79
31 3 Ismael Debjani   Belgium (BEL) 3:39.11
32 3 Jakub Holuša   Czech Republic (CZE) 3:39.79
33 1 Hicham Ouladha   Morocco (MAR) 3:39.86
34 2 Jinson Johnson   India (IND) 3:39.86
35 3 Abdullahi Jama Mohamed   Somalia (SOM) 3:40.84
36 2 Teddese Lemi   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:41.32 qR
37 3 Abdirahman Saeed Hassan   Qatar (QAT) 3:42.24
38 2 Musulman Dzholomanov   Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 3:45.07
39 1 Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich   Kenya (KEN) 3:45.19
40 3 Yach Majok Koon Wol   South Sudan (SSD) 3:46.24
41 2 Matthew Ramsden   Australia (AUS) 3:47.59 qR
42 2 Paulo Amotun Lokoro   Athlete Refugee Team (ART) 3:48.98
43 1 Lucirio Antonio Garrido   Venezuela (VEN) 3:52.93
3 Brahim Kaazouzi   Morocco (MAR) DNS
2 Rabil Doukkana   France (FRA)

Semi-finalsEdit

The first five in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.[7]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Marcin Lewandowski   Poland (POL) 3:36.50 Q
2 1 Timothy Cheruiyot   Kenya (KEN) 3:36.53 Q
3 2 Ronald Kwemoi   Kenya (KEN) 3:36.53 Q
4 2 Jakob Ingebrigtsen   Norway (NOR) 3:36.58 Q
5 2 Josh Kerr   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:36.58 Q
6 1 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria (ALG) 3:36.69 Q
7 1 Neil Gourley   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:36.69 Q
8 1 Craig Engels   United States (USA) 3:36.69 Q
9 1 Kalle Berglund   Sweden (SWE) 3:36.72 Q
10 2 Youssouf Hich Bachir   Djibouti (DJI) 3:36.72 Q, SB
11 2 Matthew Centrowitz Jr.   United States (USA) 3:36.77 q, SB
12 2 Jake Wightman   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 3:36.85 q
13 1 Ben Blankenship   United States (USA) 3:36.98
14 1 Filip Ingebrigtsen   Norway (NOR) 3:37.00
15 2 Matthew Ramsden   Australia (AUS) 3:37.16 PB
16 2 Ronald Musagala   Uganda (UGA) 3:37.19
17 1 Alexis Miellet   France (FRA) 3:37.39
18 1 Isaac Kimeli   Belgium (BEL) 3:37.50
19 2 Kevin López   Spain (ESP) 3:37.56
20 2 Amos Bartelsmeyer   Germany (GER) 3:37.74
21 1 Stewart McSweyn   Australia (AUS) 3:37.95
22 1 Ayanleh Souleiman   Djibouti (DJI) 3:38.35
23 1 Teddese Lemi   Ethiopia (ETH) 3:38.79 PB
24 1 Jesús Gómez   Spain (ESP) 3:40.29
25 2 Abdelaati Iguider   Morocco (MAR) 3:42.23
2 Samuel Tefera   Ethiopia (ETH) DNF

FinalEdit

The final was started on 6 October at 19:40.[8]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Start list
  2. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/records/all-time-toplists/middle-long/1500-metres/outdoor/men/senior?regionType=world&page=1&bestResultsOnly=false&firstDay=1899-12-31&lastDay=2019-10-06
  3. ^ "100 Metres Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ "1500 Metres Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  6. ^ Heats results
  7. ^ Semi-finals results
  8. ^ Final results