| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date12 – 16 August 2016
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants41 from 24 countries

The two favorites were Kenya’s Genzebe Dibaba and Faith Kibiegon. They did nothing to dispel that status when they both won their semi-finals. Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury were both considered to have shots at medals. Laura Weightman led the final through 400 metres in a walking pace of 76.57, with the Americans close on her heels. Dibaba moved to the lead at 800 metres, passed in 2:27.11, still very slow. She then put it in another gear, running the third 400 in 56.7, with only Kipyegon and Britain’s Laura Muir on her shoulder. Kipyegon took the lead with 200 left, and simply moved ahead, winning by over 10 metres in 4:08.92, the second-slowest Olympic winning time ever. Dibaba was struggling on the straight, but held on to win silver. Simpson had been sixth at the bell but started to move with 250 remaining, and gradually picked off runners to move up to bronze. Rowbury had been eighth at the bell and ran the same sort of pace, finishing just behind her teammate.

1950Faith KipyegonKEN4:06.65 (2 h2)4:03.95 (1 h1)4:08.92 (1)Gold
2643Genzebe DibabaETH4:10.61 (1 h1)4:03.06 (1 h2)4:10.27 (2)Silver
31372Jenny SimpsonUSA4:06.99 (4 h2)4:05.07 (4 h2)4:10.53 (3)Bronze
41370Shannon RowburyUSA4:06.47 (2 h3)4:04.46 (3 h1)4:11.05 (4)
51032Sifan HassanNED4:06.64 (1 h2)4:03.62 (2 h2)4:11.23 (5)
61222Meraf BahtaSWE4:06.82 (5 h3)4:06.41 (5 h2)4:12.59 (6)
7710Laura MuirGBR4:06.53 (3 h3)4:04.16 (3 h2)4:12.88 (7)
8648Dawit SeyaumETH4:05.33 (1 h3)4:04.23 (2 h1)4:13.14 (8)
9647Besu SadoETH4:08.11 (6 h2)4:05.19 (4 h1)4:13.58 (9)
101095Sofia EnnaouiPOL4:06.90 (3 h2)4:05.29 (6 h1)4:14.72 (10)
11728Laura WeightmanGBR4:08.37 (7 h2)4:05.28 (5 h1)4:14.95 (11)
12993Rababe ArafiMAR4:06.63 (4 h3)4:05.60 (7 h1)4:15.16 (12)
6 h2 r2/3951Viola LagatKEN4:08.09 (8 h3)4:06.83 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/3491Nicole SifuentesCAN4:07.43 (7 h3)4:08.53 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3324Linden HallAUS4:11.75 (4 h1)4:05.81 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3992Malika AkkaouiMAR4:07.42 (5 h2)4:08.55 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/3322Zoe BuckmanAUS4:06.93 (6 h3)4:06.95 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3783Diana SujewGER4:09.07 (10 h3)4:10.15 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/3757Konstanze KlosterhalfenGER4:11.76 (6 h1)4:07.26 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31119Danuta UrbanikPOL4:08.67 (9 h3)4:11.34 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/3844Ciara MageeanIRL4:11.51 (2 h1)4:08.07 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/3318Jenny BlundellAUS4:09.05 (8 h2)4:13.25 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/31355Brenda MartinezUSA4:11.74 (3 h1)4:10.41 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/31093Angelika CichockaPOL4:11.76 (5 h1)4:17.83 (12 h2)
7 h1 r1/3494Hilary StellingwerffCAN4:12.00 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/31035Maureen KosterNED4:13.15 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/3996Siham HilaliMAR4:13.46 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3492Gabriela StaffordCAN4:09.45 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/31195Amela TerzićSRB4:15.17 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/3548Muriel ConeoCOL4:09.50 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/3944Nancy ChepkwemoiKEN4:15.41 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/3448Tigist GashawBRN4:10.96 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/3867Margherita MagnaniITA4:09.74 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/31133Marta Pen FreitasPOR4:18.53 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/31158Florina PierdevarăROU4:11.55 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/3605Kadra MohamedDJI4:42.67 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/31049Saraswati BhattaraiNEP4:33.94 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/31075Nikki HamblinNZL4:11.88 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/31241Nelia MartinsTLS5:00.53 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/31199Celma BonfimSTP4:38.86 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/31147Anjelina Nadai LohalithEOR4:47.38 (14 h2)
DNS1266Betlhem Desalegn BelaynehUAE– (DNS h3)DQ1

Round One (12 August 2016)

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

Heat One (20:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Genzebe DibabaETH4:10.61Q
213Ciara MageeanIRL4:11.51Q
314Brenda MartinezUSA4:11.74Q
46Linden HallAUS4:11.75Q
55Angelika CichockaPOL4:11.76Q
610Konstanze KlosterhalfenGER4:11.76Q
79Hilary StellingwerffCAN4:12.00
88Maureen KosterNED4:13.15
911Siham HilaliMAR4:13.46
101Amela TerzićSRB4:15.17
114Nancy ChepkwemoiKEN4:15.41
123Marta Pen FreitasPOR4:18.53
137Saraswati BhattaraiNEP4:33.94
142Celma BonfimSTP4:38.86


400 m1:12.77Nancy Chepkwemoi
800 m2:21.20Konstanze Klosterhalfen
1200 m3:24.93Genzebe Dibaba

Heat Two (20:41)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Sifan HassanNED4:06.64Q
210Faith KipyegonKEN4:06.65Q
32Sofia EnnaouiPOL4:06.90Q
412Jenny SimpsonUSA4:06.99Q
51Malika AkkaouiMAR4:07.42Q
613Besu SadoETH4:08.11Q
75Laura WeightmanGBR4:08.37q
814Jenny BlundellAUS4:09.05q
94Gabriela StaffordCAN4:09.45
109Muriel ConeoCOL4:09.50
117Tigist GashawBRN4:10.96
1211Florina PierdevarăROU4:11.55
136Nikki HamblinNZL4:11.88
143Anjelina Nadai LohalithEOR4:47.38


400 m1:06.54Muriel Coneo
800 m2:15.11Faith Kipyegon
1200 m3:21.80Faith Kipyegon

Heat Three (20:52)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Dawit SeyaumETH4:05.33Q
29Shannon RowburyUSA4:06.47Q
36Laura MuirGBR4:06.53Q
413Rababe ArafiMAR4:06.63Q
54Meraf BahtaSWE4:06.82Q
65Zoe BuckmanAUS4:06.93Q
72Nicole SifuentesCAN4:07.43q
83Viola LagatKEN4:08.09q
97Danuta UrbanikPOL4:08.67q
1010Diana SujewGER4:09.07q
1112Margherita MagnaniITA4:09.74
128Kadra MohamedDJI4:42.67
1314Nelia MartinsTLS5:00.53
DNS1266Betlhem Desalegn BelaynehUAEDQ2


400 m1:06.23Nicole Sifuentes
800 m2:14.17Nicole Sifuentes
1200 m3:20.76Nicole Sifuentes

Semi-Finals (14 August 2016)

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

Heat One (21:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Faith KipyegonKEN4:03.95Q
21Dawit SeyaumETH4:04.23Q
37Shannon RowburyUSA4:04.46Q
411Besu SadoETH4:05.19Q
55Laura WeightmanGBR4:05.28Q
610Sofia EnnaouiPOL4:05.29q
74Rababe ArafiMAR4:05.60q
86Linden HallAUS4:05.81
92Zoe BuckmanAUS4:06.95
108Konstanze KlosterhalfenGER4:07.26
113Ciara MageeanIRL4:08.07
129Brenda MartinezUSA4:10.41


400 m1:09.88Laura Weightman
800 m2:15.65Laura Weightman
1200 m3:19.03Faith Kipyegon

Heat Two (21:41)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Genzebe DibabaETH4:03.06Q
28Sifan HassanNED4:03.62Q
33Laura MuirGBR4:04.16Q
42Jenny SimpsonUSA4:05.07Q
56Meraf BahtaSWE4:06.41Q
65Viola LagatKEN4:06.83
710Nicole SifuentesCAN4:08.53
811Malika AkkaouiMAR4:08.55
91Diana SujewGER4:10.15
104Danuta UrbanikPOL4:11.34
117Jenny BlundellAUS4:13.25
129Angelika CichockaPOL4:17.83


400 m1:08.27Jenny Barringer-Simpson
800 m2:17.11Jenny Barringer-Simpson
1200 m3:19.30Genzebe Dibaba

Final (16 August 2016 — 22:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Faith KipyegonKEN4:08.92
24Genzebe DibabaETH4:10.27
39Jenny SimpsonUSA4:10.53
42Shannon RowburyUSA4:11.05
55Sifan HassanNED4:11.23
67Meraf BahtaSWE4:12.59
712Laura MuirGBR4:12.88
81Dawit SeyaumETH4:13.14
911Besu SadoETH4:13.58
103Sofia EnnaouiPOL4:14.72
116Laura WeightmanGBR4:14.95
1210Rababe ArafiMAR4:15.16


400 m1:16.57Laura Weightman
800 m2:27.11Genzebe Dibaba
1200 m3:23.90Genzebe Dibaba