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1,500 metres, Men

Date8 – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants66 from 46 countries

The 1968 champion, Kip Keino, and the 1,500/mile world record holder, Jim Ryun, were both back for the 1972 1,500. Ryun was no longer the dominant runner he had been in 1966-67 and was actually pushed as the top American by Marty Liquori, who had the top time in the world for 1,500 metres in 1971. But Liquori injured his leg and could not even contest the US Olympic Trials. Also a top miler 1972 was Kenyan Ben Jipcho, who had sacrificed himself in the 1968 final to help Keino win gold. He was no longer considered simply a domestique for Keino, but he too was injured and did not compete at München. A few weeks after the US Olympic Trials, Ryun ran 3:52.8, the third fastest mile ever, showing his fitness. The Olympic 1,500 would have three rounds. Ryun and Keino were drawn in the fourth heat of round one. Keino ran near the front, as he often did, while Ryun was in the back of the pack. At 1,000 metres, Ryun’s heel was clipped by Ghana’s Billy Fordjour, and both fell to the track. Ryun got up a few seconds later but was hopelessly behind and did not qualify for the semi-final. As he crossed the line, Keino met him and tried to console him. The US Olympic Committee appealed, claiming Ryun was tripped, but it was not allowed and he was out of the competition.

In the final the way seemed open for Keino to defend his gold medal. Among the 10 finalists, his main competition seemed to be New Zealander Rod Dixon, and the erratic Finlander, Pekka Vasala. His teammate, Mike Boit, also qualified but he was better known as an 800 runner. The pace in the final was slow, but Keino moved to the lead just after 700 metres. He then fired off a 55.1 lap, trying to break down the other runners, but they stayed in contact, the slow early pace leaving them plenty of run. Off the final curve, Vasala moved to Keino’s shoulder and outsprinted him to win the upset gold medal. Keino placed second with Dixon getting the bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1226Pekka VasalaFIN3:40.86 (1 h6)3:37.91 (2 h3)3:36.33 (1)Gold
2576Kip KeinoKEN3:39.97 (1 h4)3:41.15 (1 h2)3:36.81 (2)Silver
3688Rod DixonNZL3:40.03 (2 h4)3:37.91 (1 h3)3:37.46 (3)Bronze
4573Mike BoitKEN3:42.2 (1 h7)3:41.34 (1 h1)3:38.41 (4)
5284Brendan FosterGBR3:40.79 (4 h1)3:38.20 (3 h3)3:39.02 (5)
659Herman MignonBEL3:44.2 (2 h2)3:41.7 (2 h2)3:39.05 (6)
7408Paul-Heinz WellmannFRG3:41.8 (2 h5)3:38.42 (4 h3)3:40.08 (7)
8948Vladimir PanteleyURS3:42.3 (3 h7)3:41.6 (2 h1)3:40.24 (8)
9694Tony PolhillNZL3:42.3 (2 h7)3:41.8 (3 h2)3:41.8 (9)
10149Tom HansenDEN3:41.08 (2 h6)3:41.6 (3 h1)3:46.6 (10)
4 h1 r2/31033Dave WottleUSA3:40.60 (2 h1)3:41.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3189Shibrou RegassaETH3:43.6 (1 h3)3:41.9 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/330Chris FisherAUS3:42.5 (4 h5)3:42.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3233Jacky BoxbergerFRA3:42.6 (4 h7)3:42.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3842Gunnar EkmanSWE3:40.40 (3 h4)3:39.44 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3515Gianni Del BuonoITA3:40.78 (5 h4)3:42.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3744Henryk SzordykowskiPOL3:44.2 (3 h3)3:42.5 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31029Bob WheelerUSA3:41.34 (3 h6)3:40.36 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3410Thomas WessinghageFRG3:40.56 (1 h1)3:43.4 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3449Haico ScharnNED3:41.41 (4 h6)3:44.4 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/3500Franco AreseITA3:44.0 (1 h2)3:41.08 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/3437Spilios ZakharopoulosGRE3:43.8 (2 h3)3:43.5 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3213Pekka PäivärintaFIN3:44.4 (4 h3)3:45.1 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/3245Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA3:40.75 (3 h1)3:41.6 (8 h3)
9 h1 r2/3848Ulf HögbergSWE3:41.5 (5 h6)3:43.6 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3308Ray SmedleyGBR3:42.1 (3 h5)3:45.8 (9 h2)
9 h3 r2/3332Klaus-Peter JustusGDR3:40.44 (4 h4)3:44.6 (9 h3)
10 h1 r2/3182Hailu EbbaETH3:41.6 (1 h5)3:43.7 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/3404Bodo TümmlerFRG3:44.5 (3 h2)3:50.0 (10 h2)
10 h3 r2/3154Gerd LarsenDEN3:44.7 (4 h2)3:59.4 (10 h3)
5 h1 r1/3705Donaldo ArzaPAN3:41.73 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3295John KirkbrideGBR3:45.3 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/353André DehertogheBEL3:44.6 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/3488Frank MurphyIRL3:43.4 (5 h5)
5 h7 r1/3905Mansour GuettayaTUN3:43.9 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/3938Ivan IvanovURS3:42.3 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3858Filbert BayiTAN3:45.4 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3784Petre LupanROU3:44.8 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3826Werner MeierSUI3:43.2 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3541Byron DyceJAM3:46.9 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/363Edgard SalvéBEL3:42.1 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/3754Fernando MamedePOR3:45.1 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/3910Mehmet TümkanTUR3:44.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3874Josef HorčicTCH3:45.7 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3621Mohamed MakdoufMAR3:48.4 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3704Muhammad YounisPAK3:44.1 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3588Cosmas SileiKEN3:52.0 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/3763Antonio ColónPUR3:44.6 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/31073Azzedine AzzouziALG3:46.4 (7 h7)
8 h1 r1/32Mohamed KacemiALG3:45.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3106Bill SmartCAN3:49.2 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/319Abdul Wahab Naser Al-SafraKSA4:14.5 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/3912Vitus AshabaUGA3:45.2 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/31053Jože MeđimurecYUG3:52.1 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/3612Édouard RasoanaivoMAD3:48.5 (8 h6)
8 h7 r1/390Ken ElmerCAN3:46.6 (8 h7)
9 h1 r1/3786Daniel AndradeSEN3:59.2 (9 h1)
9 h4 r1/31008Jim RyunUSA3:51.5 (9 h4)
9 h5 r1/3636Harry NkopekaMAW4:00.9 (9 h5)
9 h6 r1/31074Jaiye AbidoyeNGR3:48.8 (9 h6)
9 h7 r1/3124Esaie FongangCMR3:54.5 (9 h7)
10 h1 r1/3810Dafallah Sultan FarahSUD4:02.9 (10 h1)
10 h4 r1/3420Billy FordjourGHA4:08.2 (10 h4)
10 h5 r1/3599Edward KarLBR4:21.4 (10 h5)
10 h6 r1/3805Mohamed AbokerSOM3:59.5 (10 h6)
10 h7 r1/366Jimmy CramptonMYA4:06.9 (10 h7)
DNS450Bram WassenaarNED– (DNS h2)
DNS254Robert LeborgneFRA– (DNS h3)
DNS604Kassem HamzéLBN– (DNS h2)
DNS920Yevgeny ArzhanovURS– (DNS h4)
DNS1061Benson MulombaZAM– (DNS h3)

Round One (8 September 1972 — 16:45)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1410Thomas WessinghageFRG3:40.56Q
21033Dave WottleUSA3:40.60Q
3245Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA3:40.75Q
4284Brendan FosterGBR3:40.79Q
5705Donaldo ArzaPAN3:41.73
6938Ivan IvanovURS3:42.3
7910Mehmet TümkanTUR3:44.0
82Mohamed KacemiALG3:45.2
9786Daniel AndradeSEN3:59.2
10810Dafallah Sultan FarahSUD4:02.9

Splits

400 m1:00.5
800 m2:02.4

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1500Franco AreseITA3:44.0Q
259Herman MignonBEL3:44.2Q
3404Bodo TümmlerFRG3:44.5Q
4154Gerd LarsenDEN3:44.7Q
5295John KirkbrideGBR3:45.3
6858Filbert BayiTAN3:45.4
7874Josef HorčicTCH3:45.7
8106Bill SmartCAN3:49.2
DNS450Bram WassenaarNED
DNS604Kassem HamzéLBN

Splits

400 m1:04.5
800 m2:07.8

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1189Shibrou RegassaETH3:43.6Q
2437Spilios ZakharopoulosGRE3:43.8Q
3744Henryk SzordykowskiPOL3:44.2Q
4213Pekka PäivärintaFIN3:44.4Q
553André DehertogheBEL3:44.6
6784Petre LupanROU3:44.8
7621Mohamed MakdoufMAR3:48.4
819Abdul Wahab Naser Al-SafraKSA4:14.5
DNS254Robert LeborgneFRA
DNS1061Benson MulombaZAM

Splits

400 m1:00.8
800 m2:04.1

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1576Kip KeinoKEN3:39.97Q
2688Rod DixonNZL3:40.03Q
3842Gunnar EkmanSWE3:40.40Q
4332Klaus-Peter JustusGDR3:40.44Q
5515Gianni Del BuonoITA3:40.78q
6826Werner MeierSUI3:43.2
7704Muhammad YounisPAK3:44.1
8912Vitus AshabaUGA3:45.2
91008Jim RyunUSA3:51.5
10420Billy FordjourGHA4:08.2
DNS920Yevgeny ArzhanovURS

Splits

400 m58.7
800 m2:00.7

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1182Hailu EbbaETH3:41.6Q
2408Paul-Heinz WellmannFRG3:41.8Q
3308Ray SmedleyGBR3:42.1Q
430Chris FisherAUS3:42.5Q
5488Frank MurphyIRL3:43.4
6541Byron DyceJAM3:46.9
7588Cosmas SileiKEN3:52.0
81053Jože MeđimurecYUG3:52.1
9636Harry NkopekaMAW4:00.9
10599Edward KarLBR4:21.4

Splits

400 m1:00.6
800 m2:02.5

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1226Pekka VasalaFIN3:40.86Q
2149Tom HansenDEN3:41.08Q
31029Bob WheelerUSA3:41.34Q
4449Haico ScharnNED3:41.41Q
5848Ulf HögbergSWE3:41.5q
663Edgard SalvéBEL3:42.1
7763Antonio ColónPUR3:44.6
8612Édouard RasoanaivoMAD3:48.5
91074Jaiye AbidoyeNGR3:48.8
10805Mohamed AbokerSOM3:59.5

Splits

400 m59.9
800 m2:01.6

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1573Mike BoitKEN3:42.2Q
2694Tony PolhillNZL3:42.3Q
3948Vladimir PanteleyURS3:42.3Q
4233Jacky BoxbergerFRA3:42.6Q
5905Mansour GuettayaTUN3:43.9
6754Fernando MamedePOR3:45.1
71073Azzedine AzzouziALG3:46.4
890Ken ElmerCAN3:46.6
9124Esaie FongangCMR3:54.5
1066Jimmy CramptonMYA4:06.9

Splits

400 m1:00.0
800 m1:59.2
1200 m3:00.1

Semi-Finals (9 September 1972 — 16:40)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1573Mike BoitKEN3:41.34Q
2948Vladimir PanteleyURS3:41.6Q
3149Tom HansenDEN3:41.6Q
41033Dave WottleUSA3:41.6
530Chris FisherAUS3:42.0
6515Gianni Del BuonoITA3:42.0
7410Thomas WessinghageFRG3:43.4
8437Spilios ZakharopoulosGRE3:43.5
9848Ulf HögbergSWE3:43.6
10182Hailu EbbaETH3:43.7

Splits

400 m1:01.4
800 m2:01.9
1200 m3:02.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1576Kip KeinoKEN3:41.15Q
259Herman MignonBEL3:41.7Q
3694Tony PolhillNZL3:41.8Q
4189Shibrou RegassaETH3:41.9
5233Jacky BoxbergerFRA3:42.4
6744Henryk SzordykowskiPOL3:42.5
7449Haico ScharnNED3:44.4
8213Pekka PäivärintaFIN3:45.1
9308Ray SmedleyGBR3:45.8
10404Bodo TümmlerFRG3:50.0

Splits

400 m1:04.2
800 m2:05.5Shibrou Regassa
1200 m3:01.2Shibrou Regassa

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1688Rod DixonNZL3:37.91Q
2226Pekka VasalaFIN3:37.91Q
3284Brendan FosterGBR3:38.20Q
4408Paul-Heinz WellmannFRG3:38.42q
5842Gunnar EkmanSWE3:39.44
61029Bob WheelerUSA3:40.36
7500Franco AreseITA3:41.08
8245Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA3:41.6
9332Klaus-Peter JustusGDR3:44.6
10154Gerd LarsenDEN3:59.4

Splits

400 m57.7Franco Arese
800 m1:59.1Brendan Foster
1200 m2:58.5Pekka Vasala

Final (10 September 1972 — 15:35)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1226Pekka VasalaFIN3:36.33
2576Kip KeinoKEN3:36.81
3688Rod DixonNZL3:37.46
4573Mike BoitKEN3:38.41
5284Brendan FosterGBR3:39.02
659Herman MignonBEL3:39.05
7408Paul-Heinz WellmannFRG3:40.08
8948Vladimir PanteleyURS3:40.24
9694Tony PolhillNZL3:41.8
10149Tom HansenDEN3:46.6

Splits

400 m1:01.39Brendan Foster
800 m2:01.36Kip Keino
1200 m2:56.5Brendan Foster