| 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 Ingebritzen 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.

1Jakob IngebrigtsenNORGold
2Timothy CheruiyotKENSilver
3Josh KerrGBRBronze
4Abel KipsangKEN
5Adel MechaalESP
6Cole HockerUSA
7Stewart McSweynAUS
8Michał RozmysPOL
9Jake HeywardGBR
10Jake WightmanGBR
11Oliver HoareAUS
12Charles GrethenLUX
13Ignacio FontesESP
6 h1 r2/3Charles SimotwoKEN
7 h1 r2/3Teddese LemiETH
8 h1 r2/3Robert FarkenGER
8 h2 r2/3Abdelatif SadikiMAR
9 h1 r2/3Nick WillisNZL
9 h2 r2/3Matthew CentrowitzUSA
10 h1 r2/3Andrew CoscoranIRL
10 h2 r2/3Azeddine HabzFRA
11 h2 r2/3Samuel ZelekeETH
11 h1 r2/3Ismaël DebjaniBEL
12 h2 r2/3Jesús GómezESP
AC h1 r2/3Marcin LewandowskiPOL
AC h1 r2/3Ayanleh SouleimanDJI
7 h2 r1/3Jye EdwardsAUS
8 h2 r1/3Sadik MikhouBRN
9 h1 r1/3Samuel TeferaETH
9 h2 r1/3Sam TannerNZL
10 h1 r1/3Filip IngebrigtsenNOR
10 h2 r1/3Ali IdowSOM
11 h1 r1/3Amos BartelsmeyerGER
11 h2 r1/3Anass EssayiMAR
11 h3 r1/3Baptiste MischlerFRA
12 h1 r1/3István SzögiHUN
12 h3 r1/3Kalle BerglundSWE
13 h1 r1/3Abraham GuemSSD
13 h2 r1/3Thiago AndréBRA
13 h3 r1/3Paulo AmotunEOR
14 h1 r1/3Alexis MielletFRA
14 h2 r1/3Benjamín EnzemaGEQ
15 h1 r1/3Adam Ali MusabQAT
16 h1 r1/3Felisberto de DeusTLS
AC h3 r1/3Soufiane El-BakkaliMAR
AC h2 r1/3Abdirahman Saeed HassanQAT
AC h3 r1/3Ronald MusagalaUGA
DNSYared NuguseUSA