1500 metres

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1500 metres
The three Olavis.jpg
Olavi Salsola, Olavi Salonen and Olavi Vuorisalo (The three Olavis) break the 1,500 m world record in 1957 in Turku, Finland.
World records
MenFlag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR) 3:26.00 (1998)
WomenFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH) 3:50.07 (2015)
Olympic records
MenFlag of Norway.svg  Jakob Ingebrigtsen  (NOR) 3:28.32 (2021)
WomenFlag of Kenya.svg  Faith Kipyegon  (KEN) 3:53.11 (2021)
World Championship records
MenFlag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR) 3:27.65 (1999)
WomenFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED) 3:51.95 (2019)

The 1500 metres or 1,500-metre run (typically pronounced 'fifteen-hundred metres') is the foremost middle distance track event in athletics. The distance has been contested at the Summer Olympics since 1896 and the World Championships in Athletics since 1983. It is equivalent to 1.5 kilometers or approximately 1516 miles. The event is closely associated with its slightly longer cousin, the mile race, from which it derives its nickname "the metric mile". [1]

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The demands of the race are similar to that of the 800 metres, but with a slightly higher emphasis on aerobic endurance and a slightly lower sprint speed requirement. The 1500 metre race is predominantly aerobic, but anaerobic conditioning is also required. [2]

Each lap run during the world-record race run by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1998 in Rome, Italy averaged just under 55 seconds (or under 13.8 seconds per 100 metres). [3]

1,500 metres is three and three-quarter laps around a 400-metre track. During the 1970s and 1980s this race was dominated by British runners, along with an occasional Finn, American, or New Zealander. Through the 1990s, many African runners began to win Olympic medals in this race, especially runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, and East Africa, as well as North African runners from Morocco and Algeria. In the 2020s, European runners began to emerge again in the men's event, with Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the youngest of a dynasty of Norwegian middle-distance runners, winning Olympic Gold in 2021, and Scottish and British runner Jake Wightman winning the World Championship title the following year at the head of an all-European podium. Faith Kipyegon of Kenya maintained Africa's grip on the global titles in the female event in the same time period, although here again, Europeans Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir, and Americans such as Jenny Simpson also contended for the podium.

In the Modern Olympic Games, the men's 1,500-metre race has been contested from the beginning, and at every Olympic Games since. The first winner, in 1896, was Edwin Flack of Australia, who also won the first gold medal in the 800-metre race. The women's 1,500-metre race was first added to the Summer Olympics in 1972, and the winner of the first gold medal was Lyudmila Bragina of the Soviet Union. During the Olympic Games of 1972 through 2008, the women's 1,500-metre race has been won by three Soviets plus one Russian, one Italian, one Romanian, one Briton, one Kenyan, and two Algerians. The 2012 Olympic results are still undecided as a result of multiple doping cases. The best women's times for the race were controversially [4] set by Chinese runners, all set in the same race on just two dates four years apart at the Chinese National Games. At least one of those top Chinese athletes has admitted to being part of a doping program. [5] This women's record was finally broken by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in 2015.

In American high schools, the 1,600-metre run, also colloquially referred to as "metric mile", is the designated official distance by the National Governing Body the NFHS. Because of the legacy, since US customary units are better-known in America, the mile run (which is 1609.344 metres in length) is more frequently run than the 1,500-metre run. For convenience, national rankings are standardized by converting all 1,500-metre run times to their mile run equivalents. [6]

Strategy

Many 1500 metres events, particularly at the championship level, turn into slow, strategic races, with the pace quickening and competitors jockeying for position in the final lap to settle the race in a final sprint. Such is the difficulty of maintaining the pace throughout the duration of the event, most records are set in planned races led by pacemakers or "rabbits" who sacrifice their opportunity to win by leading the early laps at a fast pace before dropping out.

The person who wins the race is behind watching.

Filbert Bayi, former world record holder [7]

Continental records

AreaMenWomen
TimeAthleteNationTimeAthleteNation
Africa ( records )3:26.00 WR Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 3:50.07 WR Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Asia ( records )3:29.14 Rashid Ramzi Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 3:50.46 Yunxia Qu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Europe ( records )3:28.32 Jakob Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3:51.95 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
North, Central America
and Caribbean
( records )
3:29.30 Bernard Lagat Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3:54.99 Shelby Houlihan Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Oceania ( records )3:29.66 Nick Willis Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3:58.81 Jessica Hull Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
South America ( records )3:33.25 Hudson de Souza Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4:05.67 Letitia Vriesde Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname

All-time top 25

Men

Ath.#Perf.#TimeAthleteNationDatePlaceRef
113:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 14 JUL 1998 Rome
23:26.12El Guerrouj #224 AUG 2001 Brussels
233:26.34 Bernard Lagat Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 24 AUG 2001 Brussels
43:26.45El Guerrouj #312 AUG 1998 Zürich
353:26.69 Asbel Kiprop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 17 JUL 2015 Monaco [11]
63:26.89El Guerrouj #416 AUG 2002 Zürich
73:26.96El Guerrouj #508 SEP 2002 Rieti
83:27.21El Guerrouj #611 AUG 2000 Zürich
93:27.34El Guerrouj #719 JUL 2002 Monaco
4103:27.37 Noureddine Morceli Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 12 JUL 1995 Nice
113:27.40Lagat #206 AUG 2004 Zürich
123:27.52Morceli #225 JUL 1995 Monaco
133:27.64El Guerrouj #86 AUG 2004 Zürich
5133:27.64 Silas Kiplagat Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 18 JUL 2014 Monaco [12]
153:27.65El Guerrouj #924 AUG 1999 Seville
163:27.72Kiprop #219 JUL 2013 Monaco [13]
173:27.91Lagat #319 JUL 2002 Monaco
6183:28.12 Noah Ngeny Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 11 AUG 2000 Zürich
7193:28.28 Timothy Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 09 JUL 2021 Monaco [14]
8203:28.32 Jakob Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 07 AUG 2021 Tokyo [15]
213:28.37Morceli #309 SEP 1995 Monaco
El Guerrouj #1008 AUG 1998 Monaco
233:28.38El Guerrouj #1106 JUL 2001 Paris
243:28.40El Guerrouj #1205 SEP 2003 Brussels
253:28.41Cheruiyot #220 JUL 2018 Monaco
93:28.75 Taoufik Makhloufi Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 17 JUL 2015 Monaco [16]
103:28.76 Mohamed Katir Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 09 JUL 2021 Monaco [17]
113:28.79 Abdalaati Iguider Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 17 JUL 2015 Monaco
123:28.80 Elijah Manangoi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 21 JUL 2017 Monaco [18]
133:28.81 Mo Farah Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 19 JUL 2013 Monaco [13]
Ronald Kwemoi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 18 JUL 2014 Monaco [19]
153:28.95 Fermín Cacho Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 13 AUG 1997 Zürich
163:28.98 Mehdi Baala Flag of France.svg  France 05 SEP 2003 Brussels
173:29.02 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 14 JUL 2006 Rome
183:29.05 Josh Kerr Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 07 AUG 2021 Tokyo [20]
193:29.14 Rashid Ramzi Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 14 JUL 2006 Rome
203:29.18 Venuste Niyongabo Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 22 AUG 1997 Brussels
213:29.23 Jake Wightman Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 19 JUL 2022 Eugene [21]
223:29.29 William Chirchir Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 24 AUG 2001 Brussels
233:29.46 Said Aouita Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 23 AUG 1985 Berlin
Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 16 AUG 1997 Monaco
253:29.47 Augustine Choge Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 14 JUN 2009 Berlin [22]

Women

Ath.#Perf.#TimeAthleteNationDatePlaceRef
113:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 17 JUL 2015 Monaco [24]
223:50.37 Faith Kipyegon Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya10 AUG 2022 Monaco [25]
333:50.46 Yunxia Qu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11 SEP 1993 Beijing
443:50.98 Bo Jiang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
53:51.07Kipyegon #209 JUL 2021 Monaco [26]
563:51.34 Yinglai Lang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
673:51.92 Junxia Wang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11 SEP 1993 Beijing
783:51.95 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 05 OCT 2019 Doha [27]
893:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 13 AUG 1980 Zürich
103:52.59Kipyegon #328 MAY 2022 Eugene [28]
113:52.96Kipyegon #418 JUL 2022 Eugene [29]
123:53.11Kipyegon #506 AUG 2021 Tokyo [30]
133.53.23Kipyegon #621 AUG 2021 Eugene [31]
143:53.60Hassan #209 JUL 2021 Monaco [32]
153:53.63Hassan #310 JUN 2021 Florence
9163:53.91 Lili Yin Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
173:53.91Kipyegon #710 JUN 2021 Florence
10183:53.96 Paula Ivan Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania 01 OCT 1988 Seoul
11193:53.97 Lixin Lan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
12203:54.01 Gudaf Tsegay Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 20 JUN 2021 Chorzów
213:54.11Dibaba #208 JUL 2015 Barcelona
223:54.21Tsegay #228 MAY 2022 Eugene [33]
233:54.22Kipyegon #805 OCT 2019 Doha
13243:54.23 Olga Dvirna Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 27 JUL 1982 Kyiv
253:54.38Tsegay #305 OCT 2019 Doha [34]
143:54.50 Laura Muir Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 06 AUG 2021 Tokyo [35]
153:54.52 Zhang Ling Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
163:54.99 Shelby Houlihan Flag of the United States.svg  United States 05 OCT 2019 Doha
173:55.07 Yanmei Dong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 OCT 1997 Shanghai
183:55.30 Hassiba Boulmerka Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 08 AUG 1992 Barcelona
193:55.33 Sureyya Ayhan Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 05 SEP 2003 Brussels
203:55.68 Yuliya Fomenko Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 08 JUL 2006 Paris
213:56.12 Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 05 OCT 2019 Doha [34]
223:56.14 Zamira Zaitseva Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 27 JUL 1982 Kyiv
233:56.18 Maryam Yusuf Jamal Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 27 AUG 2006 Rieti
243:56.28 Freweyni Hailu Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 09 JUL 2021 Monaco [36]
253:56.29 Shannon Rowbury Flag of the United States.svg  United States 17 JUL 2015 Monaco

Annulled marks

Olympic medalists

Men

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1896 Athens
details
Edwin Flack
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Australia
Arthur Blake
US flag 44 stars.svg  United States
Albin Lermusiaux
Flag of France.svg  France
1900 Paris
details
Charles Bennett
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Henri Deloge
Flag of France.svg  France
John Bray
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
1904 St. Louis
details
Jim Lightbody
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Frank Verner
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Lacey Hearn
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
1908 London
details
Mel Sheppard
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Harold Wilson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Norman Hallows
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1912 Stockholm
details
Arnold Jackson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Abel Kiviat
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Norman Taber
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
1920 Antwerp
details
Albert Hill
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Philip Baker
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Lawrence Shields
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
1924 Paris
details
Paavo Nurmi
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Willy Schärer
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
H. B. Stallard
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1928 Amsterdam
details
Harri Larva
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Jules Ladoumègue
Flag of France.svg  France
Eino Purje
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
1932 Los Angeles
details
Luigi Beccali
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy
Jerry Cornes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Phil Edwards
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada
1936 Berlin
details
Jack Lovelock
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Glenn Cunningham
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Luigi Beccali
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy
1948 London
details
Henry Eriksson
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Lennart Strand
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Willem Slijkhuis
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
1952 Helsinki
details
Josy Barthel
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
Bob McMillen
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Werner Lueg
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1956 Melbourne
details
Ron Delany
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Klaus Richtzenhain
Flag of Germany.svg  United Team of Germany
John Landy
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1960 Rome
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Herb Elliott
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Michel Jazy
Flag of France.svg  France
István Rózsavölgyi
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
1964 Tokyo
details
Peter Snell
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Josef Odložil
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
John Davies
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
1968 Mexico City
details
Kipchoge Keino
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Jim Ryun
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Bodo Tümmler
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  West Germany
1972 Munich
details
Pekka Vasala
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Kipchoge Keino
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Rod Dixon
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
1976 Montreal
details
John Walker
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Ivo Van Damme
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Paul-Heinz Wellmann
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
1980 Moscow
details
Sebastian Coe
Olympic flag.svg  Great Britain
Jürgen Straub
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
Steve Ovett
Olympic flag.svg  Great Britain
1984 Los Angeles
details
Sebastian Coe
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Steve Cram
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
José Manuel Abascal
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
1988 Seoul
details
Peter Rono
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Peter Elliott
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Jens-Peter Herold
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
1992 Barcelona
details
Fermín Cacho
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Rachid El Basir
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Mohamed Suleiman
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
1996 Atlanta
details
Noureddine Morceli
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Fermín Cacho
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Stephen Kipkorir
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2000 Sydney
details
Noah Ngeny
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Hicham El Guerrouj
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Bernard Lagat
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
2004 Athens
details
Hicham El Guerrouj
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Bernard Lagat
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Rui Silva
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
2008 Beijing
details
Asbel Kiprop
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Nick Willis
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Mehdi Baala
Flag of France.svg  France
2012 London
details
Taoufik Makhloufi
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Leonel Manzano
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Abdalaati Iguider
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Matthew Centrowitz Jr.
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Taoufik Makhloufi
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Nick Willis
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2020 Tokyo
details
Jakob Ingebrigtsen
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Timothy Cheruiyot
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Josh Kerr
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain

Women

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1972 Munich
details
Lyudmila Bragina
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Gunhild Hoffmeister
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
Paola Pigni
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1976 Montreal
details
Tatyana Kazankina
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Gunhild Hoffmeister
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
Ulrike Klapezynski
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
1980 Moscow
details
Tatyana Kazankina
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Christiane Wartenberg
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
Nadiya Olizarenko
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles
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Gabriella Dorio
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Doina Melinte
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
Maricica Puică
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
1988 Seoul
details
Paula Ivan
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
Laimutė Baikauskaitė
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Tetyana Samolenko
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1992 Barcelona
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Hassiba Boulmerka
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Lyudmila Rogachova
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team
Qu Yunxia
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
1996 Atlanta
details
Svetlana Masterkova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Gabriela Szabo
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Theresia Kiesl
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2000 Sydney
details
Nouria Mérah-Benida
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Violeta Szekely
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Gabriela Szabo
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
2004 Athens
details
Kelly Holmes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Tatyana Tomashova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Maria Cioncan
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
2008 Beijing
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Nancy Langat
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Iryna Lishchynska
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Nataliya Tobias
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
2012 London
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Maryam Yusuf Jamal
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain [37]
Tatyana Tomashova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Abeba Aregawi
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Faith Kipyegon
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Genzebe Dibaba
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Jennifer Simpson
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2020 Tokyo
details
Faith Kipyegon
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Laura Muir
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Sifan Hassan
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

World Championships medalists

Men

ChampionshipsGoldSilverBronze
1983 Helsinki
details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Steve Cram  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Steve Scott  (USA)Flag of Morocco.svg  Saïd Aouita  (MAR)
1987 Rome
details
Flag of Somalia.svg  Abdi Bile  (SOM)Flag of Spain.svg  José Luis González  (ESP)Flag of the United States.svg  Jim Spivey  (USA)
1991 Tokyo
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Flag of Algeria.svg  Noureddine Morceli  (ALG)Flag of Kenya.svg  Wilfred Kirochi  (KEN)Flag of Germany.svg  Hauke Fuhlbrügge  (GER)
1993 Stuttgart
details
Flag of Algeria.svg  Noureddine Morceli  (ALG)Flag of Spain.svg  Fermín Cacho  (ESP)Flag of Somalia.svg  Abdi Bile  (SOM)
1995 Gothenburg
details
Flag of Algeria.svg  Noureddine Morceli  (ALG)Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Burundi.svg  Vénuste Niyongabo  (BDI)
1997 Athens
details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Spain.svg  Fermín Cacho  (ESP)Flag of Spain.svg  Reyes Estévez  (ESP)
1999 Seville
details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Noah Ngeny  (KEN)Flag of Spain.svg  Reyes Estévez  (ESP)
2001 Edmonton
details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Bernard Lagat  (KEN)Flag of France.svg  Driss Maazouzi  (FRA)
2003 Saint-Denis
details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of France.svg  Mehdi Baala  (FRA)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ivan Heshko  (UKR)
2005 Helsinki
details
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Rashid Ramzi  (BHR)Flag of Morocco.svg  Adil Kaouch  (MAR)Flag of Portugal.svg  Rui Silva  (POR)
2007 Osaka
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Bernard Lagat  (USA)Flag of Bahrain.svg  Rashid Ramzi  (BHR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Shedrack Kibet Korir  (KEN)
2009 Berlin
details
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Yusuf Saad Kamel  (BHR)Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Deresse Mekonnen  (ETH)Flag of the United States.svg  Bernard Lagat  (USA)
2011 Daegu
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Asbel Kiprop  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Silas Kiplagat  (KEN)Flag of the United States.svg  Matthew Centrowitz  (USA)
2013 Moscow
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Asbel Kiprop  (KEN)Flag of the United States.svg  Matthew Centrowitz  (USA)Flag of South Africa.svg  Johan Cronje  (RSA)
2015 Beijing
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Asbel Kiprop  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Elijah Manangoi  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdalaati Iguider  (MAR)
2017 London
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Elijah Manangoi  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Timothy Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Norway.svg  Filip Ingebrigtsen  (NOR)
2019 Doha
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Timothy Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Algeria.svg  Taoufik Makhloufi  (ALG)Flag of Poland.svg  Marcin Lewandowski  (POL)
2022 Eugene
details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jake Wightman  (GBR)Flag of Norway.svg  Jakob Ingebrigtsen  (NOR)Flag of Spain.svg  Mohamed Katir  (ESP)

Women

ChampionshipsGoldSilverBronze
1983 Helsinki
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Mary Decker  (USA)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Zamira Zaytseva  (URS)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Yekaterina Podkopayeva  (URS)
1987 Rome
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Tetyana Samolenko  (URS)Flag of East Germany.svg  Hildegard Körner  (GDR)Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Doina Melinte  (ROU)
1991 Tokyo
details
Flag of Algeria.svg  Hassiba Boulmerka  (ALG)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Tetyana Dorovskikh  (URS)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Lyudmila Rogachova  (URS)
1993 Stuttgart
details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Liu Dong  (CHN)Flag of Ireland.svg  Sonia O'Sullivan  (IRL)Flag of Algeria.svg  Hassiba Boulmerka  (ALG)
1995 Gothenburg
details
Flag of Algeria.svg  Hassiba Boulmerka  (ALG)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kelly Holmes  (GBR)Flag of Portugal.svg  Carla Sacramento  (POR)
1997 Athens
details
Flag of Portugal.svg  Carla Sacramento  (POR)Flag of the United States.svg  Regina Jacobs  (USA)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Anita Weyermann  (SUI)
1999 Seville
details
Flag of Russia.svg  Svetlana Masterkova  (RUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Regina Jacobs  (USA)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Kutre Dulecha  (ETH)
2001 Edmonton
details
Flag of Romania.svg  Gabriela Szabo  (ROU)Flag of Romania.svg  Violeta Szekely  (ROU)Flag of Russia.svg  Natalya Gorelova  (RUS)
2003 Saint-Denis
details
Flag of Russia.svg  Tatyana Tomashova  (RUS)Flag of Turkey.svg  Süreyya Ayhan  (TUR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Hayley Tullett  (GBR)
2005 Helsinki
details
Flag of Russia.svg  Tatyana Tomashova  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Olga Yegorova  (RUS)Flag of France.svg  Bouchra Ghezielle  (FRA)
2007 Osaka
details
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Maryam Yusuf Jamal  (BHR)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Iryna Lishchynska  (UKR)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Daniela Yordanova  (BUL)
2009 Berlin
details
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Maryam Yusuf Jamal  (BHR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Lisa Dobriskey  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Shannon Rowbury  (USA)
2011 Daegu
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Jennifer Simpson  (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Hannah England  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Natalia Rodríguez  (ESP)
2013 Moscow
details
Flag of Sweden.svg  Abeba Aregawi  (SWE)Flag of the United States.svg  Jennifer Simpson  (USA)Flag of Kenya.svg  Hellen Obiri  (KEN)
2015 Beijing
details
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Faith Kipyegon  (KEN)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED)
2017 London
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Faith Kipyegon  (KEN)Flag of the United States.svg  Jennifer Simpson  (USA)Flag of South Africa.svg  Caster Semenya  (RSA)
2019 Doha
details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED)Flag of Kenya.svg  Faith Kipyegon  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gudaf Tsegay  (ETH)
2022 Eugene
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Faith Kipyegon  (KEN)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gudaf Tsegay  (ETH)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Laura Muir  (GBR)

European Championships medalists

Men

Women

World Indoor Championships medalists

Men

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1985 Paris [A] Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michael Hillardt  (AUS)Flag of Spain.svg  José Luis González  (ESP)Flag of Kenya.svg  Joseph Chesire  (KEN)
1987 Indianapolis
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Flag of Ireland.svg  Marcus O'Sullivan  (IRL)Flag of Spain.svg  José Manuel Abascal  (ESP)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Han Kulker  (NED)
1989 Budapest
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Flag of Ireland.svg  Marcus O'Sullivan  (IRL)Flag of East Germany.svg  Hauke Fuhlbrügge  (GDR)Flag of the United States.svg  Jeff Atkinson  (USA)
1991 Seville
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Flag of Algeria.svg  Noureddine Morceli  (ALG)Flag of Spain.svg  Fermín Cacho  (ESP)Flag of Portugal.svg  Mário Silva  (POR)
1993 Toronto
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Flag of Ireland.svg  Marcus O'Sullivan  (IRL)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  David Strang  (GBR)Flag of Croatia.svg  Branko Zorko  (CRO)
1995 Barcelona
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Spain.svg  Mateo Cañellas  (ESP)Flag of the United States.svg  Erik Nedeau  (USA)
1997 Paris
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Germany.svg  Rüdiger Stenzel  (GER)Flag of Kenya.svg  William Tanui  (KEN)
1999 Maebashi
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Haile Gebrselassie  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Laban Rotich  (KEN)Flag of Spain.svg  Andrés Manuel Díaz  (ESP)
2001 Lisbon
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Flag of Portugal.svg  Rui Silva  (POR)Flag of Spain.svg  Reyes Estévez  (ESP)Flag of Kenya.svg  Noah Ngeny  (KEN)
2003 Birmingham
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Flag of France.svg  Driss Maazouzi  (FRA)Flag of Kenya.svg  Bernard Lagat  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdelkader Hachlaf  (MAR)
2004 Budapest
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Paul Korir  (KEN)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ivan Heshko  (UKR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Laban Rotich  (KEN)
2006 Moscow
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Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ivan Heshko  (UKR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Elkanah Angwenyi  (KEN)
2008 Valencia
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Deresse Mekonnen  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen  (KEN)Flag of Spain.svg  Juan Carlos Higuero  (ESP)
2010 Doha
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Deresse Mekonnen  (ETH)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdalaati Iguider  (MAR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Haron Keitany  (KEN)
2012 Istanbul
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdalaati Iguider  (MAR)Flag of Turkey.svg  İlham Tanui Özbilen  (TUR)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Mekonnen Gebremedhin  (ETH)
2014 Sopot
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Flag of Djibouti.svg  Ayanleh Souleiman  (DJI)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Aman Wote  (ETH)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdalaati Iguider  (MAR)
2016 Portland
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Flag of the United States.svg  Matthew Centrowitz Jr.  (USA)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Jakub Holuša  (CZE)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Nick Willis  (NZL)
2018 Birmingham
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Samuel Tefera  (ETH)Flag of Poland.svg  Marcin Lewandowski  (POL)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdalaati Iguider  (MAR)
2022 Belgrade
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Samuel Tefera  (ETH)Flag of Norway.svg  Jakob Ingebrigtsen  (NOR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Abel Kipsang  (KEN)

Women

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1985 Paris [A] Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Elly van Hulst  (NED)Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Fița Lovin  (ROU)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Brit McRoberts  (CAN)
1987 Indianapolis
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Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Doina Melinte  (ROU)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Tatyana Samolenko  (URS)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Svetlana Kitova  (URS)
1989 Budapest
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Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Doina Melinte  (ROU)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Svetlana Kitova  (URS)Flag of East Germany.svg  Yvonne Mai  (GDR)
1991 Seville
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Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Lyudmila Rogachova  (URS)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Ivana Kubešová  (TCH)Flag of Romania.svg  Tudorita Chidu  (ROU)
1993 Toronto
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Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Yekaterina Podkopayeva  (RUS)Flag of Romania.svg  Violeta Beclea  (ROU)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Sandra Gasser  (SUI)
1995 Barcelona
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Flag of the United States.svg  Regina Jacobs  (USA)Flag of Portugal.svg  Carla Sacramento  (POR)Flag of Spain.svg  Maite Zúñiga  (ESP)
1997 Paris
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Flag of Russia.svg  Yekaterina Podkopayeva  (RUS)Flag of France.svg  Patricia Djaté-Taillard  (FRA)Flag of Poland.svg  Lidia Chojecka  (POL)
1999 Maebashi
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Flag of Romania.svg  Gabriela Szabo  (ROU)Flag of Romania.svg  Violeta Beclea-Szekely  (ROU)Flag of Poland.svg  Lidia Chojecka  (POL)
2001 Lisbon
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Flag of Morocco.svg  Hasna Benhassi  (MAR)Flag of Romania.svg  Violeta Beclea-Szekely  (ROU)Flag of Russia.svg  Natalya Gorelova  (RUS)
2003 Birmingham
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Flag of the United States.svg  Regina Jacobs  (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kelly Holmes  (GBR)Flag of Russia.svg  Yekaterina Rozenberg  (RUS)
2004 Budapest
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Kutre Dulecha  (ETH)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Carmen Douma-Hussar  (CAN)Flag of Russia.svg  Gulnara Galkina  (RUS)
2006 Moscow
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Flag of Russia.svg  Yuliya Fomenko  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Yelena Soboleva  (RUS)Flag of Bahrain.svg  Maryam Yusuf Jamal  (BHR)
2008 Valencia
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gelete Burka  (ETH)Flag of Bahrain.svg  Maryam Yusuf Jamal  (BHR)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Daniela Yordanova  (BUL)
2010 Doha
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Kalkidan Gezahegne  (ETH)Flag of Spain.svg  Natalia Rodríguez  (ESP)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gelete Burka  (ETH)
2012 Istanbul
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH)Flag of Morocco.svg  Mariem Alaoui Selsouli  (MAR)Flag of France.svg  Hind Dehiba  (FRA)
2014 Sopot
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Flag of Sweden.svg  Abeba Aregawi  (SWE)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Axumawit Embaye  (ETH)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Nicole Sifuentes  (CAN)
2016 Portland
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Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Dawit Seyaum  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gudaf Tsegay  (ETH)
2018 Birmingham
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Laura Muir  (GBR)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sifan Hassan  (NED)
2022 Belgrade
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Gudaf Tsegay  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Axumawit Embaye  (ETH)Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Hirut Meshesha  (ETH)

Season's bests

Other sports

1,500 metres is also an event in swimming, speed skating, and wheelchair racing. The world records for the distance in swimming for men are 14:31.02 (swum in a 50-metre pool) by Sun Yang, 14:08.06 (swum in a 25-metre pool) by Gregorio Paltrinieri; and by women 15:25.48 (swum in a 50-metre pool) [38] by Katie Ledecky, and 15:19.71 (swum in a 25-metre pool) by Mireia Belmonte García.

The world records for the distance in speed skating are 1:40.17 by Kjeld Nuis and 1:49.83 by Miho Takagi.

The records for wheelchair racing vary by disability classification:

Notes and references

  1. In the United States, where the mile race remains highly popular, 'metric mile' often refers to a 1600 metre race, an event generally not run outside its borders.
  2. 1500 m - Introduction. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  3. "IAAF: 100 Metres - men - senior - outdoor - 2018 - iaaf.org". iaaf.org.
  4. "Scandal as controversial Chinese athlete Wang Junxia enters IAAF Hall of Fame". The Daily Telegraph. London. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012.
  5. Bloom, Ben (25 February 2016). "Athletics world records blow as Wang Junxia 'admits' being part of Chinese state-sponsored doping regime" . The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2022-01-12. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  6. McCune R. R. (2011-07-11). Verzbicas Breaks Four. Lets Run. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  7. "Bayi's record may be gone but it should never be forgotten". HeraldScotland.
  8. "Men's outdoor 1500 Metres | Records". worldathletics.org. World Athletics . Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  9. "Women's outdoor 1500 Metres | Records". worldathletcs.org. World Athletics . Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  10. "All-time men's best 1500m". alltime-athletics.com. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  11. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  12. Mike Rowbottom (18 July 2014). "Kiplagat shows his class with 3:27.64 in Monaco - IAAF Diamond League". IAAF . Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  13. 1 2 Mike Rowbottom (19 July 2013). "Seven world leads on magical night in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF . Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  14. "1500m Result" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  15. "Men's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). olympics.com. 7 August 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  16. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  17. "1500m Result" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  18. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  19. "IAAF Diamond League - 1500m Results". www.diamondleague-monaco.com. 18 July 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  20. "Men's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). olympics.com. 7 August 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  21. "Men's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 19 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  22. "1500m Results". IAAF. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  23. "All-time women's best 1500m". alltime-athletics.com. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  24. "IAAF Diamond League Monaco - 1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  25. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 10 August 2022. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  26. "1500m Result" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  27. "1500m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  28. Cathal Dennehy (29 May 2022). "Norman reigns in fierce 400m clash with record run in Eugene". World Athletics. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  29. "Women's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 18 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  30. "Women's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). olympics.com. 6 August 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  31. "Prefontaine Classic 2021 Complete Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 21 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  32. "1500m Result" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  33. Cathal Dennehy (29 May 2022). "Norman reigns in fierce 400m clash with record run in Eugene". World Athletics. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  34. 1 2 "1500m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  35. "Women's 1500m Final Results" (PDF). olympics.com. 6 August 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  36. "1500m Result" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  37. On 17 August 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says it approved a settlement agreed to by Turkish athlete Aslı Çakır Alptekin and the IAAF. Alptekin has agreed to forfeit her 1500 metres Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping.1 2 On 29 March 2017, Turkish athlete Gamze Bulut was banned for doping and lost her Olympic silver medal. Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain was advanced to gold, the silver medal was awarded to Tatyana Tomashova of Russia, and the bronze medal was awarded to Abeba Aregawi of Ethiopia. Tomashova was earlier found guilty of doping and missed the 2008 Olympics because of that, and was banned after the Olympics for failing another drug test.3
  38. "Katie Ledecky Chops 2 Seconds Off 1500 Free World Record at 2015 FINA World Championships". swimmingworldmagazine.com. 4 August 2015.

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