Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres
|Women's 1500 metres|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 1500m took place.
|Dates||12 August 2016 (heats)|
14 August 2016 (semifinals)
16 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||42 from 25 nations|
Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder and the 2015 World Champion had an injury affected outdoor season, though she was still the fourth fastest entrant. Faith Kipyegon, the 2015 World runner-up, was the form athlete before the Olympics, being unbeaten and owning the two fastest times for the season – a Kenyan record of 3:56.41 minutes. Laura Muir's British record placed her second on the seasonal rankings. Other top entrants included Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Besu Sado, Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan, and American former world medallists Jennifer Simpson, Brenda Martinez and Shannon Rowbury. The 2012 Olympic champion Aslı Çakır Alptekin was absent due to a doping ban, as were five other finalists from 2012, a race ESPN "one of the dirtiest races in Olympic history."
There were no surprise eliminations in the first round. Dawit Seyaum won the fastest heat in 4:05.33 minutes, with Kipyegon and Genzebe Dibaba being the other heat winners.
Many of these women were in the World Championship race and the world record run before it. They had a year to think about and prepare their way to beat Dibaba. The final started off in a walk for these athletes, the first lap in 1:16.57. Dibaba went almost to the back of the pack, with the last chaser in her previous major races, Sifan Hassan watching her back and only Laura Muir trailing. Shannon Rowbury was relegated to the unwanted leader duties until Laura Weightman moved forward near the end of the lap. After the slow first lap, even Muir tired of jogging at the back and moved forward, but not Dibaba and Hassan. By the steeplechase pit, 550 metres into the race, Dibaba ran a few quicker steps and moved to the outside, foretelling her move. Over the next 150 metres, Dibaba floated forward with ease, Hassan following. Over the next 100 metres, Dibaba cruised to the front, with each of the key figures in the race recognizing she had passed and scrambling to follow. With a lap and a half to go, Muir was tight on Dibaba's shoulder, followed by Faith Kipyegon, Besu Sado, Jennifer Simpson, Hassan and Rowbury. Dawit Seyaum came up from behind to join the mix of leaders but all were fighting not to let Dibaba get away. At the bell, Kipyegon had gotten around Muir and was right on Dibaba's back, a gap had separated between Muir and the next chaser, Hassan. The third lap was run in 56.80. Both Dibaba and Kipyegon appeared to be in full sprint, but Kipyegon stuck to Dibaba like glue down the backstretch. Then with just over 200 to go, Kipyegon accelerated around Dibaba. Dibaba had no answer. Kipyegon continued to extend her lead on to the finish line. Behind them was the battle for bronze. With 150 to go, Hassan caught Muir but Simpson was right on her back and Rowbury was gaining from behind. Coming off the turn, Simpson went into her sprint, which left Hassan behind. Rowbury also ran past Hassan and followed Simpson to the line. Dibaba tied up badly going in to the finish, with Simpson rapidly gaining, but the finish line arrived for Dibaba faster than a sprinting Simpson could get there.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)||3:50.07||Fontvieille, Monaco||17 July 2015|
|Olympic record||Paula Ivan (ROU)||3:53.96||Seoul, South Korea||26 September 1988|
|2016 World leading||Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (KEN)||3:56.41||Eugene, United States||28 May 2016|
|Africa (records)||3:50.07 WR||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia|
|Asia (records)||3:50.46||Qu Yunxia||China|
|Europe (records)||3:52.47||Tatyana Kazankina||Soviet Union|
|North, Central America
and Caribbean (records)
|3:56.29||Shannon Rowbury||United States|
|Oceania (records)||4:00.93||Sarah Jamieson||Australia|
|South America (records)||4:05.67||Letitia Vriesde||Suriname|
The following national record was established during the competition:
|Nepal||Saraswati Bhattarai (NEP)||Heats||4:33.94|
|Friday, 12 August 2016||20:30||Heats|
|Sunday, 14 August 2016||21:30||Semifinals|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2016||22:30||Finals|
Qualification rule: first 6 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest times (q) qualified.
|3||Brenda Martinez||United States||4:11.74||Q|
|14||Celma Bonfim da Graça||São Tomé and Príncipe||4:38.86|
|2||Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon||Kenya||4:06.65||Q|
|4||Jennifer Simpson||United States||4:06.99||Q|
|5||Malika Akkaoui||Morocco||4:07.42||Q, SB|
|7||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:08.37||q|
|13||Nikki Hamblin||New Zealand||4:11.88|
|14||Anjelina Nadai Lohalith||Refugee Olympic Team||4:47.38|
|2||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:06.47||Q|
|3||Laura Muir||Great Britain||4:06.53||Q|
|8||Violah Cheptoo Lagat||Kenya||4:08.09||q|
|12||Kadra Mohamed Dembil||Djibouti||4:42.67|
|13||Nelia Martins||East Timor||5:00.53|
|Betthem Desalegn||United Arab Emirates||DNS|
|1||Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon||Kenya||4:03.95||Q|
|3||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:04.46||Q, SB|
|5||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:05.28||Q|
|12||Brenda Martinez||United States||4:10.41|
|3||Laura Muir||Great Britain||4:04.16||Q|
|4||Jennifer Simpson||United States||4:05.07||Q|
|6||Violah Cheptoo Lagat||Kenya||4:06.83|
|Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon||Kenya||4:08.92|
|Jennifer Simpson||United States||4:10.53|
|4||Shannon Rowbury||United States||4:11.05|
|7||Laura Muir||Great Britain||4:12.88|
|11||Laura Weightman||Great Britain||4:14.95|
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