| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date2 – 6 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants45 from 25 countries

The favorites were Kenyan Faith Kibiegon and the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan, but the kicker was that it was uncertain if Hassan would run. She was entered in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 but until the Olympics began it was not expected that she would attempt that unprecedented triple. In the end she ran all three races.

Kibiegon and Hassan were evenly matched, having split their two races in 2021, with Kibiegon having a slight head-to-head margin with 8 wins to Hassan’s 6. Their PRs were also close, Kibiegon at 3:51.07 to Hassan’s 3:51.95.

The heats were run on 2 August in the morning and that evening Hassan ran the 5K, winning gold in that event. She and Kibiegon qualified for the 1,500 final where they were joined by Britain’s Laura Muir, expected to be medal contender, but for Hassan qualifying was anything but easy. She fell at the beginning of the bell lap when a runner fell in front of her, and she tripped over her. Hassan quickly got to her feet and caught the field, and then outkicked everyone to win the heat.

In the final Hassan took the early lead but she and Kibiegon were at the lead through three laps as Muir and Canada’s Gabriela Stafford exchanged places just behind them. At the bell Hassan upped the pace but, on the backstretch, Kibiegon went past her and continued to increase her lead to the finish line. Kibiegon recorded 3:53.11, the sixth fastest time ever and an Olympic record, to win gold.

Behind her, Laura Muir passed Hassan as well and won silver in a British record 3:54.50, while Hassan held on for bronze. A few days later, she would complete an unprecedented triple when she also won the 10,000.

12758Faith KipyegonKEN4:01.40 (1 h3)3:56.80 (1 h1)3:53.11 (1)Gold
22015Laura MuirGBR4:03.89 (2 h1)4:00.73 (2 h2)3:54.50 (2)Silver
32993Sifan HassanNED4:05.17 (1 h2)4:00.23 (1 h2)3:55.86 (3)Bronze
41842Freweyni HailuETH4:04.12 (5 h1)3:57.54 (2 h1)3:57.60 (4)
51390Gabriela DeBues-StaffordCAN4:03.70 (1 h1)3:58.28 (3 h1)3:58.93 (5)
61058Linden HallAUS4:02.27 (3 h3)4:01.37 (3 h2)3:59.01 (6)
73706Winnie NanyondoUGA4:02.24 (2 h3)4:01.64 (4 h2)3:59.80 (7)
82678Nozomi TanakaJPN4:02.33 (4 h3)3:59.19 (5 h1)3:59.95 (8)
91774Marta PérezESP4:04.76 (7 h1)4:01.69 (5 h2)4:00.12 (9)
103884Elle Purrier St. PierreUSA4:05.34 (3 h2)4:01.00 (6 h1)4:01.75 (10)
111060Jessica HullAUS4:05.28 (2 h2)3:58.81 (4 h1)4:02.63 (11)
123869Cory McGeeUSA4:05.15 (8 h1)4:10.39 (11 h1)4:05.50 (12)
131622Kristiina MäkiCZE4:04.55 (6 h1)4:01.23 (7 h1)4:11.76 (13)
6 h2 r2/31411Lucia StaffordCAN4:03.52 (7 h3)4:02.12 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/31894Sara KuivistoFIN4:04.10 (4 h1)4:02.35 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/32407Gaia SabbatiniITA4:05.41 (4 h2)4:02.25 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31625Diana MezuliáníkováCZE4:05.49 (6 h2)4:03.70 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/32027Katie SnowdenGBR4:02.77 (6 h3)4:02.93 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/31847Lemlem HailuETH4:05.49 (5 h2)4:03.76 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/33158Martyna GalantPOL4:05.03 (8 h3)4:06.01 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/33229Marta Pen FreitasPOR4:07.33 (10 h3)4:04.15 (10 h2)
11 h2 r2/31183Élise VanderelstBEL4:05.63 (9 h1)4:04.86 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/32104Caterina GranzGER4:06.22 (9 h3)4:10.93 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/33865Heather MacLeanUSA4:02.40 (5 h3)4:05.33 (12 h2)
13 h1 r2/32750Winny ChebetKEN4:03.93 (3 h1)4:11.62 (13 h1)
13 h2 r2/32755Edinah JebitokKEN4:10.72 (12 h2)4:05.56 (13 h2)
7 h2 r1/32031Revee Walcott-NolanGBR4:06.23 (7 h2)
8 h2 r1/31768Esther GuerreroESP4:07.08 (8 h2)
9 h2 r1/32681Ran UrabeJPN4:07.90 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/32336Ciara MageeanIRL4:07.29 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/31396Natalia HawthornCAN4:08.04 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/32387Federica Del BuonoITA4:07.70 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/33360Claudia BoboceaROU4:09.19 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/32334Sarah HealyIRL4:09.78 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/32923Laura GalvánMEX4:08.15 (12 h1)
12 h3 r1/31854Diribe WeltejiETH4:10.25 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/33222Salomé AfonsoPOR4:10.80 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/32510Aisha PraughtJAM4:15.31 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/31631Simona VrzalováCZE4:19.46 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/31057Georgia GriffithAUS4:14.43 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/31727Anjelina Nadai LohalithEOR4:31.65 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/32112Hanna KleinGER4:14.83 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/33811Pía FernándezURU4:59.56 (15 h2)
AC h3 r1/31677Zourah AliDJI– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/32880Rababe ArafiMAR– (DNF h3)

Round One

Date2 August 2021 — 9:35
FormatTop six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
115Gabriela DeBues-StaffordCAN4:03.70Q
23Laura MuirGBR4:03.89Q
31Winny ChebetKEN4:03.93Q
414Sara KuivistoFIN4:04.10Q
58Freweyni HailuETH4:04.12Q
62Kristiina MäkiCZE4:04.55Q
74Marta PérezESP4:04.76q
89Cory McGeeUSA4:05.15q
913Élise VanderelstBEL4:05.63q
106Ciara MageeanIRL4:07.29
1111Federica Del BuonoITA4:07.70
125Laura GalvánMEX4:08.15
137Salomé AfonsoPOR4:10.80
1410Georgia GriffithAUS4:14.43
1512Hanna KleinGER4:14.83

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Tie-Breaking Time
14Sifan HassanNED4:05.17Q
29Jessica HullAUS4:05.28Q
310Elle Purrier St. PierreUSA4:05.34Q
43Gaia SabbatiniITA4:05.41Q
58Lemlem HailuETH4:05.494:05.485Q
615Diana MezuliáníkováCZE4:05.494:05.490Q
72Revee Walcott-NolanGBR4:06.23
87Esther GuerreroESP4:07.08
912Ran UrabeJPN4:07.90
1014Natalia HawthornCAN4:08.04
116Claudia BoboceaROU4:09.19
1213Edinah JebitokKEN4:10.72q1
135Aisha PraughtJAM4:15.31
1411Anjelina Nadai LohalithEOR4:31.65
151Pía FernándezURU4:59.56

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
19Faith KipyegonKEN4:01.40Q
22Winnie NanyondoUGA4:02.24Q
36Linden HallAUS4:02.27Q
43Nozomi TanakaJPN4:02.33Q
511Heather MacLeanUSA4:02.40Q
613Katie SnowdenGBR4:02.77Q
715Lucia StaffordCAN4:03.52q
810Martyna GalantPOL4:05.03q
912Caterina GranzGER4:06.22q
107Marta Pen FreitasPOR4:07.33q2
1114Sarah HealyIRL4:09.78
125Diribe WeltejiETH4:10.25
138Simona VrzalováCZE4:19.46
DNF4Zourah AliDJI
DNF1Rababe ArafiMAR


Date4 August 2021 — 19:00
FormatTop five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
14Faith KipyegonKEN3:56.80Q
25Freweyni HailuETH3:57.54Q
311Gabriela DeBues-StaffordCAN3:58.28Q
42Jessica HullAUS3:58.81Q
53Nozomi TanakaJPN3:59.19Q
612Elle Purrier St. PierreUSA4:01.00q
76Kristiina MäkiCZE4:01.23q
810Gaia SabbatiniITA4:02.25
99Katie SnowdenGBR4:02.93
107Martyna GalantPOL4:06.01
111Cory McGeeUSA4:10.39q3
1213Caterina GranzGER4:10.93
138Winny ChebetKEN4:11.62

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
110Sifan HassanNED4:00.23Q
29Laura MuirGBR4:00.73Q
35Linden HallAUS4:01.37Q
48Winnie NanyondoUGA4:01.64Q
511Marta PérezESP4:01.69Q
63Lucia StaffordCAN4:02.12
71Sara KuivistoFIN4:02.35
87Diana MezuliáníkováCZE4:03.70
94Lemlem HailuETH4:03.76
1013Marta Pen FreitasPOR4:04.15
116Élise VanderelstBEL4:04.86
122Heather MacLeanUSA4:05.33
1312Edinah JebitokKEN4:05.56


Date6 August 2021 — 21:50
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)
110Faith KipyegonKEN3:53.11OR
29Laura MuirGBR3:54.50
311Sifan HassanNED3:55.86
47Freweyni HailuETH3:57.60
51Gabriela DeBues-StaffordCAN3:58.93
63Linden HallAUS3:59.01
74Winnie NanyondoUGA3:59.80
85Nozomi TanakaJPN3:59.95
98Marta PérezESP4:00.12
102Elle Purrier St. PierreUSA4:01.75
116Jessica HullAUS4:02.63
1213Cory McGeeUSA4:05.50
1312Kristiina MäkiCZE4:11.76