| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date3 – 7 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants47 from 27 countries

The favorite was the 2019 World Champion, Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who had dominated the Diamond League circuit since 2018, with young Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, close behind on the form chart. However, the two had raced 12 times since 2017, and Ingebrigtsen had yet to defeat Cheruiyot. The defending champion was American Matthew Centrowitz, who was back and had recently set a personal best for the mile, running 3:49.26.

Centrowitz did not make the final, placing ninth in the second semi-final. Cheruiyot and Ingebritsen qualified easily and everyone expected the two to set a fast pace in the final, which they did.

Ingebrigtsen took the lead and led through the first lap of the final in 56.2. He was then passed by Cheruiyot who took over at 500 metres. The two pushed the pace through the first three laps, with Cheruiyot passing 800 metres in 1:51.76 and 1,200 metres in 2:47.24. On the final bend, Ingebrigtsen passed Cheruiyot, who could not answer, and the Norwegian pulled away on the straightaway to win the gold medal with five metres to spare over Cheruiyot.

Ingebrigtsen recorded 3:28.32 to Cheruiyot’s 3:29.01, setting an Olympic record and moving him to eighth all-time on the performer list. His finish was blazing for the pace, with the final 100 in 13.6 and the final 200 in 27.1. Behind the top two Great Britain’s Josh Kerr also closed quickly for the bronze medal, running his final 800 metres in 1:49.9, as he set a personal best of 3:29.05, just failing to catch Cheruiyot.

13081Jakob IngebrigtsenNOR3:36.49 (4 h3)3:32.13 (2 h2)3:28.32 (1)Gold
22770Timothy CheruiyotKEN3:36.01 (2 h1)3:33.95 (3 h1)3:29.01 (2)Silver
32052Josh KerrGBR3:36.29 (7 h1)3:32.18 (3 h2)3:29.05 (3)Bronze
42779Abel KipsangKEN3:40.68 (1 h2)3:31.65 (1 h2)3:29.56 (4)
51805Adel MechaalESP3:36.74 (6 h3)3:32.19 (4 h2)3:30.77 (5)
63933Cole HockerUSA3:36.16 (4 h1)3:33.87 (2 h1)3:31.40 (6)
71091Stewart McSweynAUS3:36.39 (3 h3)3:32.54 (5 h2)3:31.91 (7)
83205Michał RozmysPOL3:36.28 (6 h1)3:54.53 (13 h2)3:32.67 (8)
92049Jake HeywardGBR3:36.14 (1 h3)3:32.82 (6 h2)3:34.43 (9)
102070Jake WightmanGBR3:41.18 (3 h2)3:33.48 (1 h1)3:35.09 (10)
111085Oliver HoareAUS3:36.09 (3 h1)3:34.35 (4 h1)3:35.79 (11)
122878Charles GrethenLUX3:41.90 (6 h2)3:32.86 (7 h2)3:36.80 (12)
131792Ignacio FontesESP3:36.95 (8 h1)3:34.49 (5 h1)3:38.56 (13)
6 h1 r2/32789Charles SimotwoKEN3:37.26 (10 h3)3:34.61 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/31869Teddese LemiETH3:36.26 (2 h3)3:34.81 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/32155Robert FarkenGER3:36.61 (5 h3)3:35.21 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/32892Abdelatif SadikiMAR3:36.23 (5 h1)3:33.59 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/33107Nick WillisNZL3:36.88 (7 h3)3:35.41 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/33911Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.USA3:41.12 (2 h2)3:33.69 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/32342Andrew CoscoranIRL3:37.11 (8 h3)3:35.84 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31957Azeddine HabzFRA3:41.24 (4 h2)3:35.12 (10 h2)
11 h2 r2/31878Samuel ZelekeETH3:41.63 (5 h2)3:37.66 (11 h2)
11 h1 r2/31194Ismaël DebjaniBEL3:36.00 (1 h1)3:42.18 (11 h1)
12 h2 r2/31794Jesús GómezESP3:47.27 (11 h2)3:44.46 (12 h2)
AC h1 r2/33199Marcin LewandowskiPOL4:43.96 (14 h2)– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r2/31678Ayanleh SouleimanDJI3:37.25 (9 h3)– (DNF h1)
7 h2 r1/31083Jye EdwardsAUS3:42.62 (7 h2)
8 h2 r1/33105Sam TannerNZL3:43.22 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/31876Samuel TeferaETH3:37.78 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/33478Ali IdowSOM3:43.96 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/33080Filip IngebrigtsenNOR3:38.02 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/32888Anass EssayiMAR3:45.92 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/32149Amos BartelsmeyerGER3:38.36 (11 h1)
11 h3 r1/31968Baptiste MischlerFRA3:37.53 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/32276István SzögiHUN3:38.79 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/31305Thiago AndréBRA3:47.71 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/33560Kalle BerglundSWE3:49.43 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/33495Abraham GuemSSD3:40.86 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/32095Benjamín EnzemaGEQ3:48.17 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/31733Paulo AmotunEOR3:51.78 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/31967Alexis MielletFRA3:41.23 (14 h1)
15 h1 r1/33293Adam Ali MusabQAT3:42.55 (15 h1)
16 h1 r1/33599Felisberto de DeusTLS3:51.03 (16 h1)
AC h3 r1/32885Soufiane El-BakkaliMAR– (DNF h3)
AC h2 r1/33292Abdirahman Saeed HassanQAT– (DNF h2)
AC h3 r1/33715Ronald MusagalaUGA– (DNF h3)
DQ1356Sadik MikhouBRN[3:42.87] (DQ h2)1
DNS3960Yared NuguseUSA– (DNS h3)

Round One

Date3 August 2021 — 9:05
FormatTop six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
15Ismaël DebjaniBEL3:36.00Q
212Timothy CheruiyotKEN3:36.01Q
37Oliver HoareAUS3:36.09Q
42Cole HockerUSA3:36.16Q
59Abdelatif SadikiMAR3:36.23Q
611Michał RozmysPOL3:36.28Q
713Josh KerrGBR3:36.29q
815Ignacio FontesESP3:36.95q
914Samuel TeferaETH3:37.78
106Filip IngebrigtsenNOR3:38.02
1116Amos BartelsmeyerGER3:38.36
124István SzögiHUN3:38.79
1310Abraham GuemSSD3:40.86
143Alexis MielletFRA3:41.23
151Adam Ali MusabQAT3:42.55
168Felisberto de DeusTLS3:51.03

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
18Abel KipsangKEN3:40.68Q
26Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.USA3:41.12Q
311Jake WightmanGBR3:41.18Q
44Azeddine HabzFRA3:41.24Q
510Samuel ZelekeETH3:41.63Q
614Charles GrethenLUX3:41.90Q
79Jye EdwardsAUS3:42.62
813Sam TannerNZL3:43.22
912Ali IdowSOM3:43.96
107Anass EssayiMAR3:45.92
111Jesús GómezESP3:47.27q2
1215Thiago AndréBRA3:47.71
1316Benjamín EnzemaGEQ3:48.17
145Marcin LewandowskiPOL4:43.96q3
DNF2Abdirahman Saeed HassanQAT
DQ3Sadik MikhouBRN[3:42.87]4

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
113Jake HeywardGBR3:36.14Q
27Teddese LemiETH3:36.26Q
35Stewart McSweynAUS3:36.39Q
411Jakob IngebrigtsenNOR3:36.49Q
53Robert FarkenGER3:36.61Q
68Adel MechaalESP3:36.74Q
72Nick WillisNZL3:36.88q
84Andrew CoscoranIRL3:37.11q
910Ayanleh SouleimanDJI3:37.25q
1015Charles SimotwoKEN3:37.26q
111Baptiste MischlerFRA3:37.53
1214Kalle BerglundSWE3:49.43
139Paulo AmotunEOR3:51.78
DNF6Soufiane El-BakkaliMAR
DNF12Ronald MusagalaUGA
DNS16Yared NuguseUSA


Date5 August 2021 — 20:00
FormatTop five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
11Jake WightmanGBR3:33.48Q
24Cole HockerUSA3:33.87Q
311Timothy CheruiyotKEN3:33.95Q
49Oliver HoareAUS3:34.35Q
52Ignacio FontesESP3:34.49Q
63Charles SimotwoKEN3:34.61
710Teddese LemiETH3:34.81
812Robert FarkenGER3:35.21
96Nick WillisNZL3:35.41
108Andrew CoscoranIRL3:35.84
115Ismaël DebjaniBEL3:42.18
DNF13Marcin LewandowskiPOL
DNF7Ayanleh SouleimanDJI

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
17Abel KipsangKEN3:31.65ORQ
24Jakob IngebrigtsenNOR3:32.13Q
38Josh KerrGBR3:32.18Q
46Adel MechaalESP3:32.19Q
51Stewart McSweynAUS3:32.54Q
610Jake HeywardGBR3:32.82q
73Charles GrethenLUX3:32.86q
811Abdelatif SadikiMAR3:33.59
95Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.USA3:33.69
109Azeddine HabzFRA3:35.12
1112Samuel ZelekeETH3:37.66
1213Jesús GómezESP3:44.46
132Michał RozmysPOL3:54.53q5


Date7 August 2021 — 20:40
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
16Jakob IngebrigtsenNOR3:28.32OR
21Timothy CheruiyotKEN3:29.01
38Josh KerrGBR3:29.05
43Abel KipsangKEN3:29.56
510Adel MechaalESP3:30.77
612Cole HockerUSA3:31.40
79Stewart McSweynAUS3:31.91
813Michał RozmysPOL3:32.67
95Jake HeywardGBR3:34.43
1011Jake WightmanGBR3:35.09
117Oliver HoareAUS3:35.79
124Charles GrethenLUX3:36.80
132Ignacio FontesESP3:38.56