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 Kenya.svg  Noah Ngeny  (KEN) 3:32.07 (2000)
WomenFlag of Romania.svg  Paula Ivan  (ROM) 3:53.96 (1988)
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.

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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. [1]

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). [2] 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, but through the 1990s many African runners began to win Olympic medals in this race, especially runners from Kenya, Morocco and Algeria.

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 [3] set by Chinese runners, all set in the same race on just two dates 4 years apart at the Chinese National Games. At least one of those top Chinese athletes has admitted to being part of a doping program. [4] The women's record was finally surpassed by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in 2015.

In American high schools, the mile run (which is 1609.344 metres in length) and the 1,600-metre run, also colloquially referred to as "metric mile", are more frequently run than the 1,500-metre run, since US customary units are better-known in America. Which distance is used depends on which state the high school is in, and, for convenience, national rankings are standardized by converting all 1,600-metre run times to their mile run equivalents. [5]

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 [6]

Continental records

AreaMenWomen
Time (s)AthleteNationTime (s)AthleteNation
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 )3:28.68 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 3:59.67 Linden Hall 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

RankResultAthleteNationDatePlaceRef
13:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 14 July 1998 Rome
23:26.34 Bernard Lagat Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 24 August 2001 Brussels
33:26.69 Asbel Kiprop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 17 July 2015 Monaco [8]
43:27.37 Noureddine Morceli Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 12 July 1995 Nice
53:27.64 Silas Kiplagat Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 18 July 2014 Monaco [9]
63:28.12 Noah Ngeny Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 11 August 2000 Zürich
73:28.41 Timothy Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 20 July 2018 Monaco [10]
83:28.68 Jakob Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 14 August 2020 Monaco [11]
93:28.75 Taoufik Makhloufi Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 17 July 2015 Monaco [12]
103:28.79 Abdalaati Iguider Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 17 July 2015 Monaco [8]
113:28.80 Elijah Manangoi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 21 July 2017 Monaco [13]
123:28.81 Mo Farah Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 19 July 2013 Monaco [14]
3:28.81 Ronald Kwemoi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 18 July 2014 Monaco [15]
143:28.95 Fermín Cacho Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 13 August 1997 Zürich
153:28.98 Mehdi Baala Flag of France.svg  France 5 September 2003 Brussels
163:29.02 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 14 July 2006 Rome
173:29.14 Rashid Ramzi Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 14 July 2006 Rome
183:29.18 Venuste Niyongabo Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 22 August 1997 Brussels
193:29.29 William Chirchir Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 24 August 2001 Brussels
203:29.46 Said Aouita Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 23 August 1985 Berlin
213:29.46 Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 16 August 1997 Monaco
223:29.47 Augustine Choge Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 14 June 2009 Berlin [16]
3:29.47 Jake Wightman Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 14 August 2020 Monaco [17]
243:29.50 Caleb Ndiku Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 19 July 2013 Monaco
253:29.51 Ali Saidi-Sief Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 4 July 2001 Brussels

Notes

Below is a list of other times superior to 3:29.26:

Women

RankRes.AthleteNationDatePlaceRef
13:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 17 July 2015 Monaco [19]
23:50.46 Yunxia Qu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11 September 1993 Beijing
33:50.98 Bo Jiang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
43:51.34 Yinglai Lang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
53:51.92 Junxia Wang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11 September 1993 Beijing
63:51.95 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 5 October 2019 Doha [20]
73:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 13 August 1980 Zürich
83:53.09 i Gudaf Tsegay Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia9 February 2021Liévin [21]
93:53.91 Lili Yin Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
103:53.96 Paula Ivan Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1 October 1988 Seoul
113:53.97 Lixin Lan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
123:54.22 Faith Kipyegon Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 5 October 2019 Doha [20]
133:54.23 Olga Dvirna Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 27 July 1982 Kyiv
143:54.52 Zhang Ling Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
153:54.99 Shelby Houlihan Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5 October 2019 Doha [20]
163:55.07 Yanmei Dong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
173:55.22 Laura Muir Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 27 August 2016 Saint-Denis [22]
183:55.30 Hassiba Boulmerka Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 8 August 1992 Barcelona
193:55.33 Sureyya Ayhan Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 5 September 2003 Brussels
203:55.68 Yuliya Fomenko Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 8 July 2006 Saint-Denis
213:56.12 Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 5 October 2019 Doha [23]
223:56.14 Zamira Zaitseva Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 27 July 1982 Kyiv
233:56.18 Maryam Yusuf Jamal Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 27 August 2006 Rieti
243:56.29 Shannon Rowbury Flag of the United States.svg  United States 17 July 2015 Monaco [19]
253:56.31 Dong Liu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 17 October 1997 Shanghai

Notes

Below is a list of other times superior to 3:55.93:

The following athlete had her performance (superior to 3:56.31) annulled due to a doping violation:

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

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
details
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
details
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
details
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 [24]
Tatyana Tomashova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Abeba Aregawi
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Faith Kipyegon
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Genzebe Dibaba
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Jennifer Simpson
Flag of the United States.svg  United States

World Championship 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
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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
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Timothy Cheruiyot  (KEN)Flag of Algeria.svg  Taoufik Makhloufi  (ALG)Flag of Poland.svg  Marcin Lewandowski  (POL)

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)

European Championship 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
details
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
details
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
details
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
details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Hicham El Guerrouj  (MAR)Flag of Germany.svg  Rüdiger Stenzel  (GER)Flag of Kenya.svg  William Tanui  (KEN)
1999 Maebashi
details
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Haile Gebrselassie  (ETH)Flag of Kenya.svg  Laban Rotich  (KEN)Flag of Spain.svg  Andrés Manuel Díaz  (ESP)
2001 Lisbon
details
Flag of Portugal.svg  Rui Silva  (POR)Flag of Spain.svg  Reyes Estévez  (ESP)Flag of Kenya.svg  Noah Ngeny  (KEN)
2003 Birmingham
details
Flag of France.svg  Driss Maazouzi  (FRA)Flag of Kenya.svg  Bernard Lagat  (KEN)Flag of Morocco.svg  Abdelkader Hachlaf  (MAR)
2004 Budapest
details
Flag of Kenya.svg  Paul Korir  (KEN)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ivan Heshko  (UKR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Laban Rotich  (KEN)
2006 Moscow
details
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ivan Heshko  (UKR)Flag of Kenya.svg  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen  (KEN)Flag of Kenya.svg  Elkanah Angwenyi  (KEN)
2008 Valencia
details
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
details
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)

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)

Season's bests

Other sports

1,500 metres is also an event in swimming and speed skating. 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) [27] 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.

Notes and references

  1. 1500 m - Introduction. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  2. "IAAF: 100 Metres - men - senior - outdoor - 2018 - iaaf.org". iaaf.org.
  3. "Scandal as controversial Chinese athlete Wang Junxia enters IAAF Hall of Fame". The Daily Telegraph. London. 9 March 2012.
  4. "Athletics world records blow as Wang Junxia 'admits' being part of Chinese state-sponsored doping regime" . Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  5. McCune R. R. (2011-07-11). Verzbicas Breaks Four. Lets Run. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  6. "Bayi's record may be gone but it should never be forgotten". HeraldScotland.
  7. "All-time men's best 1500m". alltime-athletics.com. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  8. 1 2 "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. Mike Rowbottom (18 July 2014). "Kiplagat shows his class with 3:27.64 in Monaco - IAAF Diamond League". IAAF . Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  10. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  11. Nicole Jeffery (14 August 2020). "Cheptegei breaks world 5000m record in Monaco as Diamond League action returns". World Athletics. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  12. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  13. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  14. Mike Rowbottom (19 July 2013). "Seven world leads on magical night in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF . Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  15. "IAAF Diamond League - 1500m Results". www.diamondleague-monaco.com. 18 July 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  16. "1500m Results". IAAF. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  17. Nicole Jeffery (14 August 2020). "Cheptegei breaks world 5000m record in Monaco as Diamond League action returns". World Athletics. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  18. All time Women's 1500 metres. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  19. 1 2 "IAAF Diamond League Monaco - 1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. 1 2 3 "1500m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  21. "1500m Result" (PDF). meetinglievin.com. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  22. "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 27 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  23. "1500m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  24. 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
  25. Mariem Alaoui Selsouli was banned from The Olympic games 2012 in London after testing positive for the diuretic furosemide, following her competition in Diamond League July 6, 2012 in Paris-Saint-Denis, with the result 3:56.15 min.
  26. Mulvenney, Nick (25 July 2012). "UPDATE 1-Olympics-Athletics-Moroccan Selsouli tests positive". Reuters.
  27. "Katie Ledecky Chops 2 Seconds Off 1500 Free World Record at 2015 FINA World Championships". swimmingworldmagazine.com. 4 August 2015.

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