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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

The men's 1500 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 16–20 August at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1]

Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 1500m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates16 August 2016 (heats)
18 August 2016 (semi-final)
20 August 2016 (final)
Winning time3:50.00
1st, gold medalist(s) Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Taoufik Makhloufi  Algeria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nick Willis  New Zealand
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Asbel Kiprop entered as the highest ranked athlete of the year with his run of 3:29.33 minutes, and was the gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics and the previous three World Championships in Athletics. In his race immediately prior to the Olympics, however, he had been beaten by his compatriot Ronald Kwemoi and Elijah Motonei Manangoi (second and third in the seasonal rankings). The reigning Olympic champion from 2012, Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, was fourth on the world lists, but faced the challenge of also running the 800 m which overlapped on the programme. The next highest ranked runners, Abdalaati Iguider and Ayanleh Souleiman, also entered for doubles.[2][3]

In the first round the main protagonists progressed, although a notable elimination was reigning European champion Filip Ingebrigtsen, who was disqualified for impeding Charlie Grice and Homiyu Tesfaye (both runners were advanced as a result). İlham Tanui Özbilen of Turkey (a 2012 World Indoor medallist) was knocked out, having shown poor form that year. Jakub Holuša of the Czech Republic was fastest in the heats with 3:38.31 minutes, leading a race which saw ten men run under 3:40.[4]

Although the semi-finals produced slower times, heats leader Holuša was among those eliminated. Former European champion Henrik Ingebrigtsen and reigning African Games champion Mekonnen Gebremedhin also failed to make the final and Kenya's Elijah Manangoi did not start after suffering a hamstring injury. The two remaining Kenyans, Kiprop and Kwemoi won the two semi-final races.[5][6] American Robby Andrews initially made the grade, with his typical fast finish, but as he made his way on the inside, he initially tried to take open space between Gebremedhin and the rail, but Gebremedhin defended his position and Andrews had nowhere to go except inside the rail, where he executed the pass to get into the final qualifying spot. He was later disqualified for stepping off the track.[7]


Off the start, nobody wanted the lead, the role was defaulted to Americans Matthew Centrowitz and Ben Blankenship sandwiching David Bustos. Kickers Asbel Kiprop, Taoufik Makhloufi and Ayanleh Souleiman went to the back. The first lap was 66.83, a virtual crawl for these athletes. During the second lap, Nick Willis drifted to the front to replace Blankenship next to Bustos and Centrowitz. On the homestretch, Kiprop moved out to lane 2 and loped up toward the front. Reacting, Ronald Kwemoi crashed to the track as Souleiman was drifting out to find some running room at the back of the pack and Kwemoi caught Souleiman's back kick. The pace was so slow, Kwemoi caught back up to the runners in less than 100 metres. The second lap was even slower in 69.76. Down the next backstretch, Kiprop moved aggressively to challenge Centrowitz at the front, but Centrowitz wouldn't let him by, holding his position on the curb. Behind him Willis and Blankenship were getting tangled up in a similar situation. Coming around the turn, Souleiman tried to pass again and was successful, taking the lead position on the home stretch. Instead of charging away, Souleiman slowed down. Centrowitz took the small gap next to the rail and squeezed through, deftly slipping his elbow and shoulder in front of Souleman. Just at the bell Makhloufi hit the front outside of Centrowitz. But on the penultimate turn Centrowitz would not let Makhloufi by holding the inside and the lead. Makhloufi fell in behind Centrowitz. Along the backstretch, Kiprop loped to the front again. Centrowitz held him off, making him run to the outside of the turn.[8] Behind Kiprop, then lining up beside him, Abdalaati Iguider, Kiprop and Makhloufi, behind them Willis and Souleman, all ready to pounce coming off the turn. Kiprop made his move, then began to tread water moving backwards instead of gaining. On the outside Makhloufi was gaining but was running out of real estate. Iguider was moving backward with Kiprop, Willis beat Souleman to the pounce and was chasing Makhloufi. Nobody passed Centrowitz as he kept his advantage all the way across the finish line. Makhloufi was a meter back for silver, Willis another meter back holding off a diving Souleman at the line for bronze.[9] The winning time of 3:50.00 was the slowest since 1932. Centrowitz became the first American to win the event since Mel Sheppard in 1908.

The medals were presented by Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC member, Morocco and Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF and 1980-4 double gold medalist in this event.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 Rome, Italy 14 July 1998
Olympic record   Noah Ngeny (KEN) 3:32.07 Sydney, Australia 29 September 2000
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 3:26.00 WR Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco
Asia (records) 3:29.14 Rashid Ramzi   Bahrain
Europe (records) 3:28.81 Mo Farah   Great Britain
North, Central America
and Caribbean
3:29.30 Bernard Lagat   United States
Oceania (records) 3.29.66 Nick Willis   New Zealand
South America (records) 3:33.25 Hudson de Souza   Brazil



Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Asbel Kiprop   Kenya 3:38.97 Q
2 Ryan Gregson   Australia 3:39.13 Q
3 Ayanleh Souleiman   Djibouti 3:39.25 Q
4 Chris O'Hare   Great Britain 3:39.26 Q
5 Matthew Centrowitz   United States 3:39.31 Q
6 Fouad Elkaam   Morocco 3:39.51 Q
7 David Bustos   Spain 3:39.73 q
8 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot   Canada 3:40.04 q
9 Julian Matthews   New Zealand 3:40.40
10 Florian Carvalho   France 3:41.87
11 Thiago André   Brazil 3:44.42
12 Santino Kenyi   South Sudan 3:45.27
13 Saud Al-Zaabi   United Arab Emirates 4:02.35
- Aman Wote   Ethiopia DNS

Heat 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria 3:46.82 Q
2 Elijah Motonei Manangoi   Kenya 3:46.83 Q
3 Robby Andrews   United States 3:46.97 Q
4 Nathan Brannen   Canada 3:47.07 Q
5 Mekonnen Gebremedhin   Ethiopia 3:47.33 Q
6 Brahim Kaazouzi   Morocco 3:47.39 Q
7 Homiyu Tesfaye   Germany 3:47.44 q
8 Hamish Carson   New Zealand 3:48.18
9 Adel Mechaal   Spain 3:48.41
10 Charlie Grice   Great Britain 3:48.51 q
11 Paulo Lokoro   Refugee Olympic Team 4:03.96
12 Augusto Soares   East Timor 4:11.35 PB
Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin   Djibouti DNF
Filip Ingebrigtsen   Norway DQ R163.2

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Jakub Holusa   Czech Republic 3:38.31 Q
2 Ronald Kwemoi   Kenya 3:38.33 Q
3 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco 3:38.40 Q
4 Ronald Musagala   Uganda 3:38.45 Q
5 Henrik Ingebrigtsen   Norway 3:38.50 Q
6 Nicholas Willis   New Zealand 3:38.55 Q
7 Benson Kiplagat Seurei   Bahrain 3:38.82 q
8 Pieter-Jan Hannes   Belgium 3:38.89 q
9 Ben Blankenship   United States 3:38.92 q
10 Dawit Wolde   Ethiopia 3:39.29 q
11 Salim Keddar   Algeria 3:40.63
12 Luke Mathews   Australia 3:44.51
13 Ilham Tanui Ozbilen   Turkey 3:49.02
14 Mohammed Rageh   Yemen 3:58.99
15 Erick Rodríguez   Nicaragua 4:00.30


Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Asbel Kiprop   Kenya 3:39.73 Q
2 Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria 3:39.88 Q
3 Nicholas Willis   New Zealand 3:39.96 Q
4 Ben Blankenship   United States 3:39.99 Q
5 Charlie Grice   Great Britain 3:40.05 Q
6 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco 3:40.11 q
7 Nathan Brannen   Canada 3:40.20 q
8 Benson Kiplagat Seurei   Bahrain 3:40.53
9 Jakub Holusa   Czech Republic 3:40.83
10 Dawit Wolde   Ethiopia 3:41.42
11 Henrik Ingebrigtsen   Norway 3:42.51
12 Pieter-Jan Hannes   Belgium 3:43.71
13 Brahim Kaazouzi   Morocco 3:48.66

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Ronald Kwemoi   Kenya 3:39.42 Q
2 Ayanleh Souleiman   Djibouti 3:39.46 Q
3 Matthew Centrowitz   United States 3:39.61 Q
4 Ryan Gregson   Australia 3:40.02 Q
5 Ronald Musagala   Uganda 3:40.37 Q
6 Mekonnen Gebremedhin   Ethiopia 3:40.69
7 Homiyu Tesfaye   Germany 3:40.76
8 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot   Canada 3:40.79
9 Fouad Elkaam   Morocco 3:40.93
10 Chris O'Hare   Great Britain 3:44.27
11 David Bustos   Spain 3:56.54 q[a]
Robby Andrews   United States DQ R163.4[12]
Elijah Manangoi   Kenya DNS


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.   United States 3:50.00
  Taoufik Makhloufi   Algeria 3:50.11
  Nick Willis   New Zealand 3:50.24
4 Ayanleh Souleiman   Djibouti 3:50.29
5 Abdalaati Iguider   Morocco 3:50.58
6 Asbel Kiprop   Kenya 3:50.87
7 David Bustos   Spain 3:51.06
8 Ben Blankenship   United States 3:51.09
9 Ryan Gregson   Australia 3:51.39
10 Nathan Brannen   Canada 3:51.45
11 Ronald Musagala   Uganda 3:51.68
12 Charlie Grice   Great Britain 3:51.73
13 Ronald Kwemoi   Kenya 3:56.76


  1. ^ Bustos was given a place in the final after the video referee deemed he had been impeded by another competitor, by rule 163.2a.[11]


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