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1,500 metres, Men

Date9 – 11 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants59 from 40 countries
Olympic Record 3:34.9 / Kip Keino KEN / 20 October 1968

By 1984 the British pair of Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe had been joined by a third outstanding Briton, Steve Cram. Though he did not quite have the record times of that pair, he was quite good at winning major titles. In 1982 he was the Commonwealth and European Champion at 1,500 and in 1983, he won the inaugural World Championship in the 1,500 metres. The three British favorites were joined in Los Angeles by the top US miler since Jim Ryun, Steve Scott. Scott finished second to Cram at the World Athletics Championship, but led the 1983 world mile list with 3:49.21, set at the ISTAF Meet in Berlin on 17 August. The only significant miler who would not be in Los Angeles was South African Johan Fourie, third on the world-list for the year, but who could not compete because South Africa was still banned from international sports.

Though the Soviet Union led an Eastern European boycott of Los Angeles, in retribution for the 1980 American-led boycott, that hardly affected the 1,500 because the big British three and Scott were all available. All four made it thru the two rounds and presented for the final. Coe had earlier won the 800 metre gold medal, while Ovett was felt to be struggling with asthma problems. Scott and Cram qualified comfortably. After a first lap in 58.85, Scott moved to the front on the backstretch, trying to push the pace and take kick out of the Britons. He led thru 800 in 1:57.06, but then was passed by Spain’s José Manuel Abascal, who led at the bell. Coe and Cram were on his shoulder. Coe took control on the backstretch and powered ahead to victory. He ran the last 200 in a stunning 26.1, holding off Cram (silver) and Abascal (bronze). His time of 3:32.53 finally bettered Kip Keino’s Olympic record from 1968. Ovett could not finish the race because of his respiratory problems.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1359Seb CoeGBR3:45.30 (2 h2)3:35.81 (3 h1)3:32.53 (1)GoldOR
2362Steve CramGBR3:40.33 (1 h6)3:36.30 (1 h2)3:33.40 (2)Silver
3219José Manuel AbascalESP3:37.68 (1 h5)3:35.70 (1 h1)3:34.30 (3)Bronze
4578Joseph ChesireKEN3:38.51 (1 h1)3:35.83 (=4 h1)3:34.52 (4)
5941Jim SpiveyUSA3:40.58 (2 h6)3:36.53 (2 h2)3:36.07 (5)
6797Peter WirzSUI3:37.75 (2 h5)3:35.83 (=4 h1)3:36.97 (6)
7244Andrés VeraESP3:45.44 (3 h2)3:36.55 (3 h2)3:37.02 (7)
8780Omer KhalifaSUD3:38.93 (2 h1)3:36.76 (5 h2)3:37.11 (8)
9694Tony RogersNZL3:39.78 (4 h1)3:36.48 (6 h1)3:38.98 (9)
10938Steve ScottUSA3:41.02 (2 h4)3:35.71 (2 h1)3:39.86 (10)
11508Riccardo MaterazziITA3:37.95 (4 h5)3:36.51 (7 h1)3:40.74 (11)
AC r3/3388Steve OvettGBR3:49.23 (1 h3)3:36.55 (4 h2)– (AC)
6 h2 r2/3305Uwe BeckerFRG3:37.76 (3 h5)3:37.28 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/3510Stefano MeiITA3:39.25 (3 h1)3:37.96 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/329Mike HillardtAUS3:41.18 (3 h4)3:38.12 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3690Peter O'DonoghueNZL3:40.69 (3 h6)3:38.71 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/3302Pascal ThiébautFRA3:45.18 (1 h2)3:40.96 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3470Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:49.65 (3 h3)3:39.40 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/3823James IgoheTAN3:39.62 (6 h5)3:41.57 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/338Pat ScammellAUS3:39.18 (5 h5)3:40.83 (10 h2)
11 h2 r2/3964Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM3:40.42 (7 h5)3:41.80 (11 h2)
AC h1 r2/399Agberto GuimarãesBRA3:49.26 (2 h3)– (AC h1)
AC h1 r2/3773Abdi BileSOM3:40.72 (4 h6)– (AC h1)
1 h4 r1/393Joaquim CruzBRA3:41.01 (1 h4)– (DNS h2)
4 h2 r1/3462Paul DonovanIRL3:45.70 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3589Josephat MurayaKEN3:51.61 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3469Frank O'MaraIRL3:41.76 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3228José Luis GonzálezESP3:47.01 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3771Jama AdenSOM3:46.80 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3540Gawain GuyJAM3:52.04 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3287Alex GonzalezFRA3:42.84 (5 h4)
5 h6 r1/3577Kip CheruiyotKEN3:41.96 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3623Faouzi LahbiMAR3:47.54 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3855Mohamed AlouiniTUN3:49.78 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3515Claudio PatrignaniITA3:52.63 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3479Mark HandelsmanISR3:45.05 (6 h4)
6 h6 r1/3829Zakaria NamongeTAN3:45.55 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/3347Paul CeesayGAM3:59.14 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/314Dale JonesANT3:55.65 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/32Mehdi AidetALG3:53.92 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/39Abderrahmane MorceliALG3:45.09 (7 h4)
7 h6 r1/3621Batumalai RajakumarMAS3:55.19 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/3702Amor Masoud Al-SharjiOMA4:12.76 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/385Kgomotso BalotthanyiBOT3:58.69 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3553Mouteb Al-FaouriJOR3:59.85 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/3981Archfell MusangoZAM3:46.99 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/3625Isaac GanungaMAW3:53.86 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/3972Jean-Marie RudasingwaRWA3:57.62 (8 h6)
9 h4 r1/3973Adamou AllassaneNIG3:56.43 (9 h4)
9 h5 r1/3435Hugo Allan GarcíaGUA3:57.59 (9 h5)
9 h6 r1/3761Philip SinonSEY4:25.80 (9 h6)
10 h4 r1/3799Tito RodriguesSUR4:02.87 (10 h4)
10 h5 r1/3602Kim Bok-JooKOR4:02.63 (10 h5)
10 h6 r1/3407Diosdado LozanoGEQ4:34.71 (10 h6)
AC h1 r1/3260Antti LoikkanenFIN– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/3438Oslen BarrGUY– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/3784Pierre DélèzeSUI– (AC h3)
AC h5 r1/3866Ibrahim AzizUAE– (AC h5)
AC h6 r1/321Omar OrtegaARG– (AC h6)
DNS712Francisco FigueredoPAR– (DNS h3)
DNS1007Charlie OliverSOL– (DNS h1)
DNS918Sydney MareeUSA– (DNS h2)
DNS950William WuyckeVEN– (DNS h3)
DNS952Abdul Al-GhadiYAR– (DNS h2)
DNS961Dragan ZdravkovićYUG– (DNS h4)

Round One (9 August 1984 — 16:15)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1578Joseph ChesireKEN3:38.51Q
2780Omer KhalifaSUD3:38.93Q
3510Stefano MeiITA3:39.25Q
4694Tony RogersNZL3:39.78q
5228José Luis GonzálezESP3:47.01
6623Faouzi LahbiMAR3:47.54
7347Paul CeesayGAM3:59.14
8702Amor Masoud Al-SharjiOMA4:12.76
AC260Antti LoikkanenFINDNF
DNS1007Charlie OliverSOL

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1302Pascal ThiébautFRA3:45.18Q
2359Seb CoeGBR3:45.30Q
3244Andrés VeraESP3:45.44Q
4462Paul DonovanIRL3:45.70
5771Jama AdenSOM3:46.80
6855Mohamed AlouiniTUN3:49.78
714Dale JonesANT3:55.65
885Kgomotso BalotthanyiBOT3:58.69
AC438Oslen BarrGUYDNF
DNS918Sydney MareeUSA
DNS952Abdul Al-GhadiYAR

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1388Steve OvettGBR3:49.23Q
299Agberto GuimarãesBRA3:49.26Q
3470Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:49.65Q
4589Josephat MurayaKEN3:51.61
5540Gawain GuyJAM3:52.04
6515Claudio PatrignaniITA3:52.63
72Mehdi AidetALG3:53.92
8553Mouteb Al-FaouriJOR3:59.85
AC784Pierre DélèzeSUIDNF
DNS712Francisco FigueredoPAR
DNS950William WuyckeVEN

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
193Joaquim CruzBRA3:41.01Q
2938Steve ScottUSA3:41.02Q
329Mike HillardtAUS3:41.18Q
4469Frank O'MaraIRL3:41.76
5287Alex GonzalezFRA3:42.84
6479Mark HandelsmanISR3:45.05
79Abderrahmane MorceliALG3:45.09
8981Archfell MusangoZAM3:46.99
9973Adamou AllassaneNIG3:56.43
10799Tito RodriguesSUR4:02.87
DNS961Dragan ZdravkovićYUG

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1219José Manuel AbascalESP3:37.68Q
2797Peter WirzSUI3:37.75Q
3305Uwe BeckerFRG3:37.76Q
4508Riccardo MaterazziITA3:37.95q
538Pat ScammellAUS3:39.18q
6823James IgoheTAN3:39.62q
7964Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM3:40.42q
8625Isaac GanungaMAW3:53.86
9435Hugo Allan GarcíaGUA3:57.59
10602Kim Bok-JooKOR4:02.63
AC866Ibrahim AzizUAEDNF

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1362Steve CramGBR3:40.33Q
2941Jim SpiveyUSA3:40.58Q
3690Peter O'DonoghueNZL3:40.69Q
4773Abdi BileSOM3:40.72q
5577Kip CheruiyotKEN3:41.96
6829Zakaria NamongeTAN3:45.55
7621Batumalai RajakumarMAS3:55.19
8972Jean-Marie RudasingwaRWA3:57.62
9761Philip SinonSEY4:25.80
10407Diosdado LozanoGEQ4:34.71
AC21Omar OrtegaARGDNF

Semi-Finals (10 August 1984 — 17:40)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1219José Manuel AbascalESP3:35.70Q
2938Steve ScottUSA3:35.71Q
3359Seb CoeGBR3:35.81Q
=4578Joseph ChesireKEN3:35.83Q
=4797Peter WirzSUI3:35.83Q
6694Tony RogersNZL3:36.48q
7508Riccardo MaterazziITA3:36.51q
829Mike HillardtAUS3:38.12
9302Pascal ThiébautFRA3:40.96
10823James IgoheTAN3:41.57
AC99Agberto GuimarãesBRADNF
AC773Abdi BileSOMDQ

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1362Steve CramGBR3:36.30Q
2941Jim SpiveyUSA3:36.53Q
3244Andrés VeraESP3:36.55Q
4388Steve OvettGBR3:36.55Q
5780Omer KhalifaSUD3:36.76q
6305Uwe BeckerFRG3:37.28
7510Stefano MeiITA3:37.96
8690Peter O'DonoghueNZL3:38.71
9470Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:39.40
1038Pat ScammellAUS3:40.83
11964Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM3:41.80
DNS93Joaquim CruzBRA

Final (11 August 1984 — 18:55)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1359Seb CoeGBR3:32.53OR
2362Steve CramGBR3:33.40
3219José Manuel AbascalESP3:34.30
4578Joseph ChesireKEN3:34.52
5941Jim SpiveyUSA3:36.07
6797Peter WirzSUI3:36.97
7244Andrés VeraESP3:37.02
8780Omer KhalifaSUD3:37.11
9694Tony RogersNZL3:38.98
10938Steve ScottUSA3:39.86
11508Riccardo MaterazziITA3:40.74
AC388Steve OvettGBRDNF

Splits

400 m58.9
800 m1:56.9Steve Scott
1200 m2:53.3