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1,500 metres, Men

Date3 – 7 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants43 from 29 countries

There was no clear favorite in this race, although the three Kenyan entrants – Silas Kiplagat, Nixon Chepseba, and Asbel Kiprop – had the three fastest times of the year and talked of a Kenyan sweep, with Kiprop a slight favorite for gold. Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi won the first semi in the slow time of 3:42.24, while Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider took the over semi in a quick 3:33.99. Makhloufi had little international rep prior to 2012 but had improved dramatically in the Olympic year, boosting his PR from 3:34.4 to 3:30.80 coming into London.

The day after the 1,500 semi, Makhloufi ran in the 800 metre heats and jogged about 150 metres before dropping out, presumably to save himself for the 1,500. But he fell afoul of the best effort rules and was disqualified, and that would cause him to be disqualified from the 1,500 as well. The Algerian officials quickly found an out, as they produced a doctor’s note about him being hampered by a “knee injury”. The IAAF accepted this note, and Makhloufi was allowed to run in the 1,500 final.

And in the 1,500 final, Makhloufi made a remarkable recover from his “knee injury”, winning the gold medal in 3:34.08 over American Leo Manzano, who took the silver. Kiprop was a non-factor, suffering from a hamstring strain, and the Kenyans flopped, with Kiplagat placing seventh, Chepseba 11th, and Kiprop 12th and last in the final. Kiplagat and Chepseba actually led with 300 metres left, but Makhloufi blew by them on back straight of the final lap, covering the 200 from 1200-1400 metres in 25.4. That won him the gold medal, as he held on in the final straight, never really being challenged. Behind him, Manzano flew by the others, covering his last 100 in 13.1. Asked about his recovery from his knee problem, Makhloufi noted, “It was the will of God.”

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

The leading results were not changed but between July 2014 and October 2015 two runners who competed in the heats were disqualified for biological passport offenses. These were Saudi Arabian Mohammed Shaween and Qatarian Hamza Driouch.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
11008Taoufik MakhloufiALG3:35.15 (1 h1)3:42.24 (1 h1)3:34.08 (1)Gold
23234Leo ManzanoUSA3:37.00 (6 h1)3:42.94 (4 h1)3:34.79 (2)Silver
32456Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:41.08 (2 h3)3:33.99 (1 h2)3:35.13 (3)Bronze
43210Matthew CentrowitzUSA3:41.39 (5 h3)3:34.90 (5 h2)3:35.17 (4)
52596Henrik IngebrigtsenNOR3:41.33 (4 h3)3:43.26 (5 h1)3:35.43 (5)
61687Mekonnen GebremedhinETH3:36.56 (2 h1)3:42.93 (3 h1)3:35.44 (6)
72299Silas KiplagatKEN3:39.79 (2 h2)3:34.60 (2 h2)3:36.19 (7)
83078İlham ÖzbilenTUR3:39.70 (1 h2)3:35.18 (6 h2)3:36.72 (8)
92612Nick WillisNZL3:40.92 (1 h3)3:34.70 (3 h2)3:36.94 (9)
101252Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:38.69 (10 h1)3:35.40 (7 h2)3:37.98 (10)
112295Nixon ChepsebaKEN3:42.29 (9 h3)3:34.89 (4 h2)3:39.04 (11)
122300Asbel KipropKEN3:36.59 (3 h1)3:42.92 (2 h1)3:43.83 (12)
6 h1 r2/32460Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:37.41 (8 h1)3:43.33 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/31757Yoann KowalFRA3:41.12 (3 h3)3:43.48 (7 h1)
8 h2 r2/31800Andy BaddeleyGBR3:40.34 (4 h2)3:36.03 (8 h2)
8 h1 r2/33261Andrew WheatingUSA3:40.92 (5 h2)3:44.88 (8 h1)
9 h2 r2/32752Mohamad Al-GarniQAT3:36.99 (5 h1)3:36.78 (9 h2)
9 h1 r2/31824Ross MurrayGBR3:36.74 (4 h1)3:44.92 (9 h1)
10 h1 r2/31044Ryan GregsonAUS3:38.54 (9 h1)3:51.86 (11 h1)
10 h2 r2/32820Yegor NikolayevRUS3:38.92 (11 h1)3:37.28 (10 h2)
11 h2 r2/31922Carsten SchlangenGER3:41.51 (6 h3)3:38.23 (11 h2)
12 h2 r2/31282Nate BrannenCAN3:39.95 (3 h2)3:39.26 (12 h2)
13 h2 r2/31746Florian CarvalhoFRA3:37.05 (7 h1)3:40.61 (13 h2)
6 h2 r1/31610David BustosESP3:41.34 (6 h2)
7 h2 r1/32388Dmitrijs JurkevičsLAT3:41.40 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/31637Diego RuizESP3:41.52 (7 h3)
8 h2 r1/31694Dawit WoldeETH3:41.81 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/31683Aman WoteETH3:41.67 (8 h3)
9 h2 r1/31728Niclas SandellsFIN3:42.67 (9 h2)
10 h2 r1/31739Jamale AarrassFRA3:45.13 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/32376Emad NoorKSA3:42.95 (10 h3)
11 h2 r1/32945Mohamed MohamedSOM3:46.16 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/33351Eduard VillanuevaVEN3:43.11 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/31635Álvaro RodríguezESP3:41.54 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/33362Nabil Al-GarbiYEM3:55.46 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/31088Andreas VojtaAUT3:43.52 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/31601Teklit TeweldebrhanERI3:42.88 (13 h1)
13 h3 r1/32097Ciaran Ó'LionáirdIRL3:48.35 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/32020Mamadou BarryGUI4:05.08 (14 h1)
14 h3 r1/32747Sam VázquezPUR3:49.19 (14 h3)
15 h1 r1/32592Rabiou Guero GaoNIG4:05.46 (15 h1)
AC2756Hamza DriouchQAT3:39.67 (AC h2)3:49.40 (10 h1)DQ1
AC2377Mohammed ShaweenKSA3:39.42 (AC h2)3:43.39 (AC h1)DQ2
DNS2458Amine LaâlouMAR– (DNS h2)3

Round One (3 August 2012 — 20:05)

Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (20:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Taoufik MakhloufiALG3:35.15Q
213Mekonnen GebremedhinETH3:36.56Q
311Asbel KipropKEN3:36.59Q
47Ross MurrayGBR3:36.74Q
510Mohamad Al-GarniQAT3:36.99Q
62Leo ManzanoUSA3:37.00Q
714Florian CarvalhoFRA3:37.05q
88Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:37.41q
96Ryan GregsonAUS3:38.54q
105Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:38.69q
119Yegor NikolayevRUS3:38.92q
123Álvaro RodríguezESP3:41.54
1312Teklit TeweldebrhanERI3:42.88
1415Mamadou BarryGUI4:05.08
151Rabiou Guero GaoNIG4:05.46

Splits

400 m58.65Florian Carvalho
800 m1:57.37Yegor Nikolayev
1,200 m2:54.12Mohamad Al-Garni

Heat Two (20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
19İlham ÖzbilenTUR3:39.70Q
211Silas KiplagatKEN3:39.79Q
34Nate BrannenCAN3:39.95Q
412Andy BaddeleyGBR3:40.34Q
515Andrew WheatingUSA3:40.92q
66David BustosESP3:41.34
77Dmitrijs JurkevičsLAT3:41.40
88Dawit WoldeETH3:41.81
91Niclas SandellsFIN3:42.67
1013Jamale AarrassFRA3:45.13
1110Mohamed MohamedSOM3:46.16
128Nabil Al-GarbiYEM3:55.46
AC2Hamza DriouchQAT3:39.67DQQ4
AC3Mohammed ShaweenKSA3:39.42DQQ
DNS5Amine LaâlouMAR5

Splits

400 m57.81Niclas Sandells
800 m2:00.03Niclas Sandells
1,200 m2:58.57Dawit Wolde

Heat Three (20:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Nick WillisNZL3:40.92Q
23Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:41.08Q
311Yoann KowalFRA3:41.12Q
414Henrik IngebrigtsenNOR3:41.33Q
58Matthew CentrowitzUSA3:41.39Q
612Carsten SchlangenGER3:41.51Q
76Diego RuizESP3:41.52
85Aman WoteETH3:41.67
910Nixon ChepsebaKEN3:42.29ADV6
107Emad NoorKSA3:42.95
111Eduard VillanuevaVEN3:43.11
124Andreas VojtaAUT3:43.52
139Ciaran Ó'LionáirdIRL3:48.35
1413Sam VázquezPUR3:49.19

Splits

400 m59.51Nixon Chepseba
800 m2:03.50Nixon Chepseba
1,200 m3:01.27Nick Willis

Semi-Finals (5 August 2012 — 20:15)

Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Taoufik MakhloufiALG3:42.24Q
28Asbel KipropKEN3:42.92Q
310Mekonnen GebremedhinETH3:42.93Q
44Leo ManzanoUSA3:42.94Q
52Henrik IngebrigtsenNOR3:43.26Q
67Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:43.33
712Yoann KowalFRA3:43.48
83Andrew WheatingUSA3:44.88
95Ross MurrayGBR3:44.92
101Hamza DriouchQAT3:49.40
1111Ryan GregsonAUS3:51.86
AC9Mohammed ShaweenKSA3:43.39DQ

Splits

400 m1:03.73Asbel Kiprop
800 m2:07.20Asbel Kiprop
1,200 m3:03.16Asbel Kiprop

Heat Two (20:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:33.99Q
29Silas KiplagatKEN3:34.60Q
312Nick WillisNZL3:34.70Q
43Nixon ChepsebaKEN3:34.89Q
510Matthew CentrowitzUSA3:34.90Q
62İlham ÖzbilenTUR3:35.18q
75Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:35.40q
81Andy BaddeleyGBR3:36.03
911Mohamad Al-GarniQAT3:36.78
1013Yegor NikolayevRUS3:37.28
117Carsten SchlangenGER3:38.23
128Nate BrannenCAN3:39.26
134Florian CarvalhoFRA3:40.61

Splits

400 m56.03Nixon Chepseba
800 m1:54.67Nixon Chepseba
1,200 m2:52.76Nixon Chepseba

Final (7 August 2012 — 21:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Taoufik MakhloufiALG3:34.08
28Leo ManzanoUSA3:34.79
34Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:35.13
42Matthew CentrowitzUSA3:35.17
510Henrik IngebrigtsenNOR3:35.43
65Mekonnen GebremedhinETH3:35.44
76Silas KiplagatKEN3:36.19
87İlham ÖzbilenTUR3:36.72
91Nick WillisNZL3:36.94
109Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:37.98
113Nixon ChepsebaKEN3:39.04
1212Asbel KipropKEN3:43.83

Splits

400 m58.30Belal Mansoor Ali
800 m1:58.63Nixon Chepseba
1,200 m2:54.72Silas Kiplagat