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Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres

The Women's 1500 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia on Wednesday 27 September, Thursday 28 September, and Saturday 30 September 2000. There were a total number of 43 participating athletes.[1]

Women's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueStadium Australia
Date27 September 2000 (heats)
29 September 2000 (semi-finals)
30 September 2000 (final)
Competitors42 from 28 nations
Winning time4:05.10
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Nouria Mérah-Benida
 Algeria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Violeta Szekely
 Romania
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gabriela Szabo
 Romania
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The top six runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the semi-final. The next six fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the semi-final. The top five runners in each semi-final automatically qualified for the final. The next two fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the final.

The last lap was the battleground for this final. Going into this lap, Portugal's Carla Sacramento held the lead, with Poland's Lidia Chojecka on the outside and America's Suzy Favor-Hamilton edging ahead on the inside. Over the next 200 metres, Favor-Hamilton edged ahead of Sacramento while a pack of six formed behind, led by Algeria's Nouria Mérah-Benida. Favor-Hamilton held the lead around the turn as Mérah-Benida moved to her shoulder. As the final straightaway neared, Favor-Hamilton looked at her feet expecting her usual final acceleration. It was not there, as first Mérah-Benida went by, followed by the other Polish runner, Anna Jakubczak, and then Chojecka and Romania's Violeta Szekely. After a small gap, Ethiopia's Kutre Dulecha went by Favor-Hamilton, who then crashed to the track untouched. Years later, Favor-Hamilton admitted that the fall was deliberate, as she realised that she was not going to win.[2] As a result, she finished in last place.

At the head of the straightaway, Mérah-Benida opened up a clear lead over the two Polish runners. Moving out to lane 3, Szekely ran around Jakubczak and Chojecka, with Dulecha following in her wake. With speed, suddenly Mérah-Benida's lead started to shrink. The Algerian runner was tiring fast, but she managed to hold off Szekely's furious charge, crossing the line 0.05 seconds ahead. All the way down the straightaway, Dulecha looked like she would hold on for the bronze - but from last place with 200 metres to go, Gabriela Szabo came sprinting down the outside to take the medal, meaning that there were two Romanians on the podium. Only 0.23 seconds separated the first four runners - but none of them were directly battling the others, each taking a different pace and path to the tight finish.

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RecordsEdit

World Record 3:50.46 Yunxia Qu China Beijing, China 11 September 1993
Olympic Record 3:53.96 Paula Ivan Romania Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988

MedalsEdit

ResultsEdit

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying heatsEdit

Round 1Edit

Heat 1 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Suzy Favor Hamilton   United States 15 4:08.08 Q
2 2 Anna Jakubczak   Poland 1 4:08.13 Q
3 3 Gabriela Szabo   Romania 14 4:08.33 Q
4 4 Süreyya Ayhan   Turkey 5 4:08.37 Q
5 5 Carla Sacramento   Portugal 12 4:08.41 Q
6 6 Helen Pattinson   Great Britain 7 4:08:80 Q
7 7 Margaret Crowley   Australia 13 4:08.85 q
8 8 Anita Weyermann   Switzerland 6 4:09.28 q
9 9 Lyudmila Rogachova   Russia 9 4:09.81 q
10 12 Mardrea Hyman   Jamaica 4 4:10.21 q
11 33 Abebech Negussie   Ethiopia 2 4:15.52
12 35 Julia Sakara   Zimbabwe 3 4:21.94
13 36 Tetyana Kryvobok   Ukraine 11 4:22.11
14 40 Shazia Hidayat   Pakistan 8 5:07.17
Leah Pells   Canada 10 DNF
Heat 2 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 11 Violeta Szekely   Romania 11 4:10.18 Q
2 14 Lidia Chojecka   Poland 10 4:10.34 Q
3 15 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 6 4:10.38 Q
4 17 Veerle Dejaeghere   Belgium 2 4:10.68 Q
5 18 Sabine Fischer   Switzerland 13 4:10.78 Q
6 19 Seloua Ouaziz   Morocco 8 4:10:82 Q
7 20 Marla Runyan   United States 3 4:10.83 q
8 24 Georgie Clarke   Australia 1 4:11.74 q
9 28 Toni Hodgkinson   New Zealand 9 4:12.59
10 31 Naomi Mugo   Kenya 7 4:13.18
11 32 Hareg Sidelil   Ethiopia 5 4:14.05
12 37 Natalia Rodriguez   Spain 4 4:22.82
13 38 Daniela Kuleska   Macedonia 14 4:33.50
Svetlana Masterkova   Russia 12 DNF
Heat 3 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 10 Kutre Dulecha   Ethiopia 4 4:09.88 Q
2 13 Nouria Mérah-Benida   Algeria 1 4:10.24 Q
3 16 Hayley Tullett   Great Britain 5 4:10.58 Q
4 21 Elena Iagăr   Romania 8 4:11.35 Q
5 22 Nuria Fernandez   Spain 13 4:11.46 Q
6 23 Irina Krakoviak   Lithuania 6 4:11:57 Q
7 25 Sinead Delahunty   Ireland 14 4:11.75
8 26 Fatma Lanouar   Tunisia 11 4:11.87
9 27 Shayne Culpepper   United States 12 4:12.52
10 29 Natalya Gorelova   Russia 9 4:12.84
11 30 Sarah Jamieson   Australia 3 4:12.90
12 34 Helena Javornik   Slovenia 10 4:18.18
13 39 Silvia Felipo   Andorra 2 4:45.32
Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 7 DNS

Overall Results Round 1

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Suzy Favor Hamilton   United States 1 15 1 4:08.08 Q
2 Anna Jakubczak   Poland 1 1 2 4:08.13 Q
3 Gabriela Szabo   Romania 1 14 3 4:08.33 Q
4 Süreyya Ayhan   Turkey 1 5 4 4:08.37 Q
5 Carla Sacramento   Portugal 1 12 5 4:08.41 Q
6 Helen Pattinson   Great Britain 1 7 6 4:08.80 Q
7 Margaret Crowley   Australia 1 13 7 4:08.85 q
8 Anita Weyermann   Switzerland 1 6 8 4:09.28 q
9 Lyudmila Rogachova   Russia 1 9 9 4:09.81 q
10 Kutre Dulecha   Ethiopia 3 4 1 4:09.88 Q
11 Violeta Szekely   Romania 2 11 1 4:10.18 Q
12 Mardrea Hyman   Jamaica 1 4 10 4:10.21 q
13 Nouria Mérah-Benida   Algeria 3 1 2 4:10.24 Q
14 Lidia Chojecka   Poland 2 10 2 4:10.34 Q
15 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 2 6 3 4:10.38 Q
16 Hayley Tullett   Great Britain 3 5 3 4:10.58 Q
17 Veerle Dejaeghere   Belgium 2 2 4 4:10.68 Q
18 Sabine Fischer   Switzerland 2 13 5 4:10.78 Q
19 Seloua Ouaziz   Morocco 2 8 6 4:10.82 Q
20 Marla Runyan   United States 2 3 7 4:10.83 q
21 Elena Iagăr   Romania 3 8 4 4:11.35 Q
22 Nuria Fernandez   Spain 3 13 5 4:11.46 Q
23 Irina Krakoviak   Lithuania 3 6 6 4:11.57 Q
24 Georgie Clarke   Australia 2 1 8 4:11.74 q
25 Sinead Delahunty   Ireland 3 14 7 4:11.75
26 Fatma Lanouar   Tunisia 3 11 8 4:11.87
27 Shayne Culpepper   United States 3 12 9 4:12.62
28 Toni Hodgkinson   New Zealand 2 9 9 4:12.59
29 Natalya Gorelova   Russia 3 9 10 4:12.84
30 Sarah Jamieson   Australia 3 3 11 4:12.90
31 Naomi Mugo   Kenya 2 7 10 4:13.18
32 Hareg Sidelil   Ethiopia 2 5 11 4:14.05
33 Abebech Negussie   Ethiopia 1 2 11 4:15.52
34 Helena Javornik   Slovenia 3 10 12 4:18:18
35 Julia Sakara   Zimbabwe 1 3 12 4:21.94
36 Tetyana Kryvobok   Ukraine 1 11 13 4:22.11
37 Natalia Rodriguez   Spain 2 4 12 4:22.82
38 Daniela Kuleska   Macedonia 2 14 13 4:33.50
39 Silvia Felipo   Andorra 3 2 13 4:45.32
40 Shazia Hidayat   Pakistan 1 8 14 5:07.17
Svetlana Masterkova   Russia 2 12 DNF
Leah Pells   Canada 1 10 DNF
Hasna Benhassi   Morocco 3 7 DNS

Semi-finalsEdit

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Thursday 28 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Nouria Mérah-Benida   Algeria 6 4:05.24 Q
2 2 Suzy Favor Hamilton   United States 2 4:05.25 Q
3 3 Hayley Tullett   Great Britain 1 4:05.34 Q
4 4 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 10 4:05.35 Q SB
5 5 Lidia Chojecka   Poland 12 4:05.78 Q
6 6 Marla Runyan   United States 1 4:06:14 q SB
7 8 Sabine Fischer   Switzerland 4 4:06.67 q
8 15 Margaret Crowley   Australia 3 4:09.16
9 16 Lyudmila Rogachova   Russia 5 4:09.18
10 19 Nuria Fernandez   Spain 9 4:10.92
11 22 Irina Krakoviak   Lithuania 8 4:14.57
12 23 Elena Iagăr   Romania 3 4:21.94
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Thursday 28 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 7 Violeta Szekely   Romania 8 4:06.60 Q
2 9 Kutre Dulecha   Ethiopia 3 4:06.78 Q
3 10 Anna Jakubczak   Poland 11 4:07.03 Q SB
4 11 Gabriela Szabo   Romania 12 4:07.38 Q
5 12 Carla Sacramento   Portugal 7 4:07.65 Q
6 13 Veerle Dejaeghere   Belgium 2 4:07:87
7 14 Seloua Ouaziz   Morocco 6 4:09.11
8 17 Süreyya Ayhan   Turkey 10 4:09.42
9 18 Helen Pattinson   Great Britain 4 4:09.60
10 20 Georgie Clarke   Australia 1 4:10.99
11 21 Mardrea Hyman   Jamaica 5 4:14.20
12 24 Anita Weyermann   Switzerland 9 4:30.80

Overall Results Semi-finals

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Nouria Mérah-Benida   Algeria 1 6 1 4:05.24 Q
2 Suzy Favor Hamilton   United States 1 2 2 4:05.25 Q
3 Hayley Tullett   Great Britain 1 1 3 4:05.34 Q
4 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 1 10 4 4:05.35 Q SB
5 Lidia Chojecka   Poland 1 12 5 4:05.78 Q
6 Marla Runyan   United States 1 11 6 4:16.14 q SB
7 Violeta Szekely   Romania 2 8 1 4:06.60 Q
8 Sabine Fischer   Switzerland 1 4 7 4:06.67 q
9 Kutre Dulecha   Ethiopia 2 3 2 4:06.78 Q
10 Anna Jakubczak   Poland 2 11 3 4:07.03 Q SB
11 Gabriela Szabo   Romania 2 12 4 4:07.38 Q
12 Carla Sacramento   Portugal 2 7 5 4:07.65 Q
13 Veerle Dejaeghere   Belgium 2 2 6 4:07.87
14 Seloua Ouaziz   Morocco 2 6 7 4:09.11
15 Margaret Crowley   Australia 1 3 8 4:09.16
16 Lyudmila Rogachova   Russia 1 5 9 4:09.18
17 Süreyya Ayhan   Turkey 2 10 8 4:09.42
18 Helen Pattinson   Great Britain 2 4 9 4:09.60
19 Nuria Fernandez   Spain 1 9 10 4:10.92
20 Georgie Clarke   Australia 2 1 10 4:10.99
21 Mardrea Hyman   Jamaica 2 5 11 4:14.20
22 Irina Krakoviak   Lithuania 1 11 8 4:14.57
23 Elena Iagăr   Romania 1 7 12 4:14.75
24 Anita Weyermann   Switzerland 2 9 12 4:30.80

FinalEdit

Date: Saturday 30 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Time Record
  Nouria Mérah-Benida   Algeria 8 4:05.10
  Violeta Szekely   Romania 4 4:05.15
  Gabriela Szabo   Romania 11 4:05.27
4 Kutre Dulecha   Ethiopia 5 4:05.33
5 Lidia Chojecka   Poland 2 4:06.42
6 Anna Jakubczak   Poland 9 4:06.49 SB
7 Kelly Holmes   Great Britain 12 4:08.02
8 Marla Runyan   United States 10 4:08.30
9 Sabine Fischer   Switzerland 7 4:08.84
10 Carla Sacramento   Portugal 1 4:11.15
11 Hayley Tullett   Great Britain 6 4:22.29
12 Suzy Favor Hamilton   United States 3 4:23.05

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Games: Woen's 1500 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ Hegarty, Stephanie (30 July 2012). "Should athletes prepare for defeat?". BBC News. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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